Osnabrück, in Germany's North Western corner, houses one of Germany's best restaurants: La Vie. Thomas Bühner, Head Chef, has worked hard to ensure his cuisine embraces the product. His flavours are extremely clean, he intensifies the flavours that are already there. The menus presented in La Vie are not just a collection of different meals, but a symphony.

He trained to cook at the Schweizer Haus in Paderborn, and then worked at the Düsseldorf Hilton under Günter Scherrer, the Landhaus Scherrer in Hamburg, the Grand Cru Restaurant in Lippstadt, the Restaurant Jörg Müller and at Harald Wohlfahrt’s Schwarzwaldstube. Here, he learnt the importance of discipline and became intrigued by the down-to-earth attitude and humaneness that Wohlfahrt showed towards the people who worked for him on a daily basis. Two years later he became Chef at the La Table Restaurant in Dortmund in 1991 where he gained his first Michelin star five years later, followed by a second one in 1998. In 2001, he was awarded the Gault Millau “Rising Star of the Year” award and was voted “Chef of the Year” just five years later. Together with hsi wife Thayarni Kanagaratnam, he has been running Restaurant La Vie in Osnabrück since April 2006. In 2009, he received the accolade of becoming a Relais & Chateaux “Grand Chef”, while La Vie was granted membership of “Les Grandes Tables du Monde” at the beginning of 2010. In 2011, he was awarded with a third Michelin star.


FOUR Questions with Thomas

Describe your culinary philosophy in 5 words

Natural flavors, avantgarde, declination, garden, product-oriented


What is your greatest inspiration?

My culinary garden at Ippenburg castle and the ability to observe things and draw conclusions from what I see.


If you could take a plane ride to any restaurant in the world, just for one meal, where would you go?

Ultra Violet in Shanghai because of the concept


What three things would you take to a desert island?

My girlfriend, my PR lady and a mobile satellite phone to get out of there.


  • 3 Michelin Stars
  • The Gault Millau Bühner 2001 "Newcomer of the Year"
  • The Gault Millau Chef of the Year 2006



FOUR Germany Spring 2014

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La Vie Restaurant

Krahnstraße 1

49074 Osnabrück

+49 5 41 33 11 50



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