Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, Holgar Bodendorf's restaurant  BODENDORF’S at the five-star Landhaus Stricker Hotel on the island of Sylt, northern Germany, has gained its chef several awards, including a Michelin star, 18.5 Gault Millau points and 3.5 in the Gault Millau guide. Situated on the island of Sylt in northern Germany, the restaurant is part of the five-star hotel Landhaus Stricker, serves elegant gourmet cuisine with French accents in a beautiful, contemporary setting.

Since 2002, when it was awarded a Michelin star, restaurant  BODENDORF’S has gained its chef a collection of awards, including 18.5 Gault Millau points, a place among the top 50 chefs in the Gourmet Atlas, 3.5 points in Gourmet Guide and four stars in the VARTA Guide.

Chef Bodendorf takes it upon himself to remain at the centre of the kitchen at restaurant  BODENDORF’S, while his team of sommeliers and restaurant managers work to provide guests the highest service, as he takes them on their culinary journey.

Before becoming head chef at restaurant  BODENDORF’S, he worked in some of the Germany’s most celebrated kitchens, including: Hotel Atlantic and the Landhaus Scherrer in Hamburg; Petermann's Kunststuben in Zurich and Da Gianni in Mannheim. He also spent five years as Head Chef at restaurant Tappe, also on the island of Sylt, which was awarded its first Michelin star under his helm.


Three Questions with Holger

What was your most emotional culinary experience? 

The best thing that can happen to a chef on a personal level; the first time I cooked together with my son. He was 7 years old at the time and I was working as a guest chef in Ireland. We made roasted scallops with a hazelnut cream and maple syrup vinaigrette. 


What was the most amusing incident in your kitchen? 

When I cooked together with a mentor, one of the greats of the craft – we had combined his menu with mine – and he ended up burning the duck. I thought it was hilarious and still smirk a little today when I think about it. 


What would you advise hobby chefs? 

Use fresh, high-quality ingredients and always make sure that your frying pan is hot enough.



FOUR Germany 3/16


  • 1 Michelin Star
  • 18 Gault-Millau points



Boy-Nielsen-Straße 10

25980 Sylt OT Tinnum (Schleswig-Holstein)


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