Excellence comes in many shapes and forms, but one thing is constant: the quest to achieve the best possible result – whatever the discipline and regardless of the starting point. It is not only the preparation of high-quality cuisine that takes time – ideas need time to mature, too. In bed at night, Hartmann finally has the peace and quiet needed to develop his creativity. When he is unable to sleep, he thinks about new dishes, then he and his team test out his nocturnal inspirations. He continues to refine them until he’s satisfied that they are good enough to go on the menu. “We are all very ambitious and motivated and have bold aspirations”, is how Dominik Hartmann sums up his quest for excellence.