Jan Hartwig has three Michelin stars, making him one of the world’s best chefs. Cooking is his absolute favourite thing in life, and he’s at his happiest just cooking by feel.
In 2017, just three years after becoming head chef at the restaurant Atelier in Munich’s Bayerischer Hof hotel, Jan Hartwig succeeded in achieving the Michelin Guide’s top rating of three stars. That put him firmly amongst the world’s culinary elite, yet the friendly 39-year-old, whose father was also a chef, is totally unpretentious. Hartwig thinks a well-cooked schnitzel can be equally as good as a meticulously prepared and presented haute cuisine dish.
He is a firm believer that “the simplest food can be the tastiest ever.” Jan Hartwig tells us there are three prerequisites to excellence: “First you need the perfect product – whether it’s a carrot or a line-caught turbot. Second is culinary competency, and third is loving what you do, having a real desire to put effort into cooking something for someone to make them happy.”