The challenge is to present a three-course meal in six different styles in just five hours. Here, the cost of ingredients must not exceed €16 per person. Total prize money will be a total of €26,000 and some attractive special prizes will also be awarded. Together with the prestigious title, the winners can expect a lot of media attention and a huge career leap.

The performance of the candidates will be judged by a prestigious jury, consisting of a food critic and international star chefs from Germany, Spain and Poland. Chaired by the nine judges will taste the dishes, while a three-member technical panel controls the workflow in the kitchen.

The following eight promising candidates from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have qualified for the finals with exceptional creations. They compete together with their assistants on 12 October at the Anuga Fair in Cologne for the title Chef of the Year 2015:

Jens Hildebrandt (** Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin / Germany), Stefan Lenz (Relais & Châteaux Hotel Tennerhof, Kitzbühel / Austria), Matthias Pietsch (LAGO *, Ulm / Germany), Sven Pietschmann (Restaurant Fährhaus **, Sylt / Germany), Ivan Prieto Caneda (Landhaus Kuckuck *, Cologne / Germany), Cornelius Speinle (Drei 10 Sinne *, Schlattingen / Switzerland), Simon Stirnal (Restaurant Schloss Loersfeld *, Kerpen / Germany), Florian Volke (Opus V *, Mannheim / Germany).

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