Munich. BMW Museum hosted a grand gala event for the presentation of the Eckart Witzigmann Award 2015 on Tuesday. “Chef of the century” Eckart Witzigmann paid tribute to fellow chef Massimo Bottura, the Troigros family of restaurateurs and the father of Nordic cuisine, Claus Meyer. Awards were also presented for contemporary German gastronomy, represented by three of its outstanding exponents: Ulrike Thieltges, Klaus Erfort and Melanie Wagner.
ECKART 2015 for Innovation: Massimo Bottura, Italy
Massimo Bottura combines a down-to-earthness with the avant-garde and modernizes Emilia Romagna cuisine to the highest level using poetry, creativity and humour.
ECKART 2015 Exceptional Culinary Art ‐ Michel Troisgros for the Troisgros family, France
Since 1968, Restaurant Troisgros, located in Roanne, has been continuously awarded three stars. Michel Troisgros, accompanied by his wife Marie-Pierre, represents the family at the awards ceremony.
ECKART 2015 for Lifestyle Culture: The New German Cuisine
Hosting, wine and culinary cultures are the pillars on which German cuisine is based. Ulrike Thieltges, Melanie Wagner and Klaus Erfort represent its finest virtues:
Ulrike Thieltges, host of the 3-star restaurant “Sonnora” in the Eifel, congenially accompanies and compliments the creations of her husband, Helmut Thieltges, with unparalleled finesse.
Klaus Erfort‘s creative culinary reformation at the “Gästehaus Erfort” in Saarbrücken displays a groundbreaking plea for the ingenious combination of traditional and innovative cuisine.
Melanie Wagner modernizes wine culture in a sensitive and surprising manner. As winemaker and chef-sommelier for Fritz Keller at “Schwarzer Adler” in Kaiserstuhl, she amazes wine enthusiasts from all over the world, oftentimes broadening their horizons with her recommendations.
Claus Meyer, Denmark
Claus Meyer, founder of the “noma” in Copenhagen, has dedicated himself to high-quality community catering and fights poverty with pleasurable consumption through his foundation “Melting Pot”. He uniquely combines responsibility, creativity and the enjoyment of consumption with his vision “Food has the capacity to take people to another level.” We would also be pleased to welcome you to the dinner taking place after the awards ceremony.