As part of the 27th Schleswig-Holstein Gourmet Festival, director Oliver Deutsch welcomed guests at Park Hotel Ahrensburg on 19 and 20 January at the Lanson champagne reception – and promised some surprises.

Cheers and applause took over as TV celebrity chef Nelson Müller stepped up to the microphone with his new right-hand man, Henri Bach, at his side. Henri Bach was once Nelson Müller’steacher, but late last yearthe paths of these two top level chefs crossed again and developed into a professional collaboration. “When Nelson Müller asked me if I wanted to support him as kitchen manager in an expansion of his restaurant projects, I didn’t hesitate. We understand each other well and complement each other perfectly,” says Henri Bach, whose cuisine has been awarded two Michelin stars over two decades and strongly influenced the German culinary scene.

Side by side, Henri Bach and Nelson Müller prepared the 6-course menu at SHGF in the show kitchen at Park Hotel Ahrensburg. The burnt cream of naturally fed duck livermelted on the tongue. It was accompanied by the powerful 2008 Port Ramos Pinto. An eye-catcher were also the bream bonbons cooked in parchment or the painted shoulder of pork with lobster. The attentive kitchen crew at the Parkhotel worked hand in hand with the celebrity chefs and learned a lot.

Despite having a cold, Nelson Müller joined up with his guitarist to rock the house after the dinner was finished. Until well after midnight the dance floor was swinging and the gained pounds quickly shed again. What a night!

The next event will take place at Schulauer Fährhaus on 16-17 February 2014 with guest chef Thomas Kammeier and on 28 February 2014 at the Ambassador Hotel & Spa with two-Michelin-shooting-star Dirk Hoberg.For tickets, see Schleswig-Holstein Gourmet Festival

Images© Martin Höfling