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Berlin Racks Up the Michelin Stars ... Again

By Duane Wells
Travel Correspondent

Berlin is not only the capital of Germany, but it is also arguably the gay capital of all of Europe. Given its standing, it seems only fitting then that the city would also be Germany’s gourmet capital.

Once again, this year Berlin has been named the German destination with the most Michelin-starred restaurants. All total, the 2013 Michelin Guide awarded 12 Berlin restaurants with the prestigious stars, including four two-star establishments, further highlighting Berlin's culinary delights, which have become by far the most popular activity in Germany's capital (that is, of course, for those who can pull themselves away from the nightlife scene at spaces like Berghain and watering holes of Schoneberg and Kreuzberg).

“Berlin doesn't just cook, Berlin experiments with taste," says VisitBerlin CEO Burkhard Kieker. “Michelin-starred kitchens are part and parcel of life in a big city—ours range from glamorous hotspots to off-beat places serving truly excellent food. It’s this contrast that draws gourmands from around the world to Berlin. Eating in Berlin is an event in its own right, and we've shown that we can do well in international comparison."

Among the winners of the new Michelin Guide is Chef Tim Raue. For his work in his eponymous restaurant Tim Raue, he has received a second Michelin star, placing him in the good company of Christian Lohse at Fischers Fritz, Otto Hendrik at Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer and Daniel Achilles at Reinstoff.

Holding onto one Michelin star each were FACIL, First Floor, Hartmanns, Horvárth, Hugos, Margaux, Rutz and VAU. Because of a change in chef, the popular Quadriga was not included in this year's awards. The “Bib Gourmand” for the best-priced house was given to “Die Nussbaumerin” in Berlin-Charlottenburg.

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