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.