Tantric Dining

A Lifelong Quest for Perfection

Witzigmann Tantris
The grandfather of German nouvelle cuisine, Eckhart Witzigmann (l) and his successor Hans Haas.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Germany is in the grip of a food revolution, as demand for quality and taste drives standards ever upwards.

  • Facts


    • Tantris opened in Munich in 1971 and was awarded its first Michelin star in 1973.
    • Then chef Eckart Witzigmann trained many of today’s best German chefs – including current Tantris chef Hans Haas.
    • Today, Germany has 282 Michelin-starred restaurants, compared to 66 in 1966.
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More than 40 years ago, the man who was later to pioneer nouvelle cuisine in Germany was hired as the first chef of Tantris restaurant in Munich.

Eckart Witzigmann, 73, has since been proclaimed “Chef of the Century” by the Gault Millau restaurant guide. And thanks to his pioneering work, Germany has more Michelin star restaurants than ever before.

Mr. Witzigmann and his fellow chefs have made a lasting contribution to the eating habits and food culture of Germany, according to food critic Wolfram Siebeck.

At Tantris, a flat concrete building with lobster-red walls and truffle-black chairs, Germans learned what delicacies were and said goodbye to the belief that the only good plate is a full plate. They followed a “path away from the field kitchen to nouvelle cuisine,” said Mr. Siebeck.

In short, Tantris taught Germans how to enjoy food and became a Mecca for foodies from all over the country.

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