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  • The ultimate guide to restaurant reviews

    Positive online reviews are the lifeblood of many restaurant businesses, but what if they’re not real? KTCHNrebel reports on why reviews matter, how to manage yours and what’s being done to crack down on fake ones.

  • Word power! – The perfect tone for menus

    Choices, choices! Customers may agonize over what to order, but for chefs, it’s the menu itself that feels like a decision-making minefield: not just what goes on the menu, but HOW it goes on the menu. KTCHNrebel’s been hearing a lot...

  • Uber Eats – how the ride-sharing service is racing to the front of the delivery market

    I’ll call an Uber! - A few years ago, most of us only heard that phrase on American TV shows, but now it’s become totally normal all over the world. But now everyone’s favorite peer-to-peer taxi service has started giving “rides”...

  • Leisurely gardener, passionate chef: Mauro Colagreco

    Mauro Colagreco, an Argentinian chef with Italian roots in France, is living his best life. His restaurant, Mirazur, and its gardens are perched atop a jagged cliff in Menton, a Côte d’Azur village famous for its lemons.

  • On top of the world

    Up on the High Alpine Road in Hochgurgl, Austria, Basilius Praxmarer runs Top Mountain Crosspoint, a combination restaurant, toll station, motorcycle museum, and alpine train station. He and his team feed over 1,000 customers per day.

  • “Trends change very quickly”

    Food delivery means eating what you want, wherever and whenever you want it. It’s a huge market already, and these days, it’s practically exploding. One fairly cool new resulting development: ghost kitchens. They churn out food without having a connected restaurant...

  • A quick guide to saving the world

    As any third-grader can probably tell you, the Earth is unique, and it’s a perfect place to live. So why wouldn’t we protect something so valuable? It seems like not even adults can answer that one.

  • Firedancer

    Burning ideas. Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt is singlehandedly creating a countertrend to modern cuisine, wowing diners with near-forgotten techniques and food that’s... hot like fire.

  • “Well-Being and Self-Realization” Gen Z in the restaurant world

    Generation Z in the restaurant world – Economist and author Prof. Christian Scholz advises employers on what really matters. KTCHNRebel sat down with Prof. Scholz, to discuss Generation Z not only as future employees but also as customers.

  • Urban gardening and vertical farming: cities in bloom, green-thumbed chefs

    Some people think of gardening as a hobby for little old ladies, and the words “garden party” conjure up mental images of stuffy rich folk playing croquet. But now plant enthusiasts have shaken off their old-fashioned image— thanks to urban gardening...

  • Study: The future of hotels – what a world!

    Same, same but different, including in the hotel world. Who are the hotel guests of tomorrow? What drives them? What hotels will they be excited about? A recent study offers astonishingly precise answers.

  • Rice, rice, baby

    Many know it as the warm drink from their local running sushi restaurant: Brian Polen and Brandon Doughan have reinvented the traditional Japanese sake in their Brooklyn Kura restaurant in New York – Made in America.

  • Criminally delicious

    Serving time: At The Clink, prison inmates serve gourmet meals... Inside the restaurant, cell phones and purses are forbidden. No alcohol is served, and routine security checks are always a possibility.

  • The business case for plant-based burgers

    Vegan burgers that look, taste and sizzle like the real thing, are proving a boom to restaurant operators. As costs come down and consumers continue to reduce their meat intake, the business case is only going to get more attractive.

  • No show = no go!

    What do top chefs do when they’re booked solid, but then evening comes and their tables are empty? No-shows can be deadly for restaurateurs - but there are ways of fighting back.

  • The king of fusion

    France meets Southeast Asia: Julien Royer was a guest chef at Hangar-7 – and celebrated the best of two worlds with the congenial Ikarus team.

  • Keeping the plates spinning

    Caterers must deliver a healthier, more diverse food offer than ever to a backdrop of rising costs and a shrinking labour pool. KTCHNrebel finds out why reducing waste, controlling costs and focusing on staff retention are key to success.

  • Shani and the City

    And for his next trick: star Israeli chef is bringing his trendy Miznon concept to the City that Never Sleeps.

  • Future 50 Foods: The ingredients in our nutritional future

    It’s a challenge unlike any we’ve ever faced: Our use of natural resources and our intense focus on just a few foods are putting our health and our planet at risk. The Future 50 Foods report compiled by Knorr and the...

  • Checking into tomorrow – the hotels of the future

    A hotel is a hotel is a hotel. But is that going to change? A recent study by the experts at Villeroy & Boch sheds new light on what hotels might look like a few decades from now. Here’s the best...

  • “Not even Wi-Fi” in the hotel of the future

    Hotels of tomorrow - where will the journey take us? An interview with Oona Horx-Strathern, a trend expert with the renowned Zukunftsinstitut, which released a study of its own on this topic.

  • Four-day weeks: This restaurant chain’s serving work-life balance

    The fate of the restaurant world seems to be hanging on the thread of personnel shortages. The entire industry is breathless from fighting over good recruits - but the solution may lie in rethinking their scheduling models. One star in the...

  • Anyone for crickets?

    Plant-based, lab-grown and insect proteins may currently be at the fringe of the protein market, but as big money continues to roll in, all signs point to them staying the course.

  • HYPER, HYPER!

    Plant superstars and meat with storytelling: How food trends develop and what they say about us.

  • 25Hours hotels: refreshingly different.

    Young and dynamic may not be the first words that come to mind with most hotels, but that’s how 25hours describe themselves on their company website—and fittingly, too. “Traditional” hospitality may be 25hours Hotel’s starting point, but they’re taking it in...

  • WHAT’S HOT in Concepts & Food: The 2019 TREND GUIDE

    It almost seems like food these days is more about ethics than pleasure: Hip foodie lunchrooms are all about the sustainable, the nutritious, and the vegan. Getting rid of plastic straws is practically common courtesy anymore, and many places use it...

  • Staff canteens need to be the heart of the company

    More and more company staff canteens nowadays are more than just a place where you can put food into your body between meetings. They’re becoming places to take time out of your day, places of conscious enjoyment, of networking and communication....

  • Making a splash

    Over the last ten years he has served everything from the sea except fish: How the chef and explorer Ángel León is revolutionizing the way we eat with his 3-star restaurant Aponiente in Cádiz.

  • From Waste to Taste

    Douglas McMaster: brilliant, uncompromising, uses a lot of superlatives. Also, kind of a rock star. His first restaurant, Silo, which opened in Brighton in 2014, takes the “zero waste” idea to new heights. Since September 2017, the 31-year-old British chef has...

  • Its a kind of magic

    Forget about Harry Potter, because Anthony Sarpong has brought magic to the kitchen! The Ghanaian-German cook about his restaurant Anthony’s Kitchen in Meerbusch, multiculti and Netflix.

  • Working in Malmö

    Stronger together should probably be printed on the Swedish flag. Malmöers are calm and relaxed, and they approach every problem as a team. Read on for more career tips for Sweden’s southernmost city.

  • Food Emperor of the Middle Kingdom

    What André Chiang, beacon of gourmet Asian cuisine, thinks of Michelin stars; why chefs aren’t artists; and how Chiang’s long shadow is catapulting Taiwan’s culinary scene into the future.

  • Food for Follows – Social media as a payment method

    Photos, shares, ratings, likes... it seems like nobody goes to a restaurant anymore without documenting it online. People sit there letting their food get cold while they snap the perfect pic of their plates. Those pics can benefit both them and...

  • “We don’t want an image!”

    Surfing mega-waves with a finger in every pot – the guys at Salt & Silver refuse to be categorized, and they’re leaving the Hamburg culinary scene breathless.

  • Celebrating 100 Years Hilton and 1000+ culinary ideas

    It all started when Conrad Hilton bought his first hotel in 1919. Today, Hilton is one of the world´s largest, fastest growing hospitality companies with 17 brands and 5,500+ properties in 113 countries. Reaching the milestone of the 100th birthday, the...

  • On the hunt for the tastiest plate

    Competitions for young chefs are popping up everywhere these days, to the point that it’s almost hard to keep track of them all—let alone figure out which ones are really important. Hamburg? Milan? Las Vegas, maybe? How about a national competition,...

  • Cooking unplugged at full power: Christoph Brand

    Do you love music? Then you’re right on the nose with the flying cook Christoph Brand. Because the native of Hesse stirs his cooking spoon with even more passion with perfect sound. Classic chef training paired with enormous enthusiasm for high-quality...

  • The Alchemist

    Thomas A. Vilgis is a professor of theoretical physics at the Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research. He is also an avid hobby cook and an award-winning cookbook author specializing in molecular gastronomy. He advises top chefs on creating new dishes.

  • Algorithmically delicious-How food pairing takes flavor to the next level

    Chocolate with onions? Strawberries on burgers? Bananas with wheat beer? Food pairing uses databases and molecular chemistry to create combinations that don’t seem like they’d go together, but turn out to be spectacular new taste sensations.

  • From uni to the hotel: Combatting a skills shortage as a career changer

    Companies are getting creative when it comes to combatting the skills shortage. For example the British hotel brand, Premier Inn, which amongst other things simply invites applicants to castings instead of asking them to write complicated CVs and applications.

  • Internorga’s food trends study: Putting restaurant concepts under the microscope

    Street food? Insect burgers? Over the past few years, restaurant trends have been multiplying as rapidly as yeast cultures during fermentation. (We’ll tell you in a minute why we picked that particular analogy.)

  • Flavors of destiny

    Star chef Mauro Colagreco has been making huge culinary waves on the Côte d’Azur since 2006. His restaurant, Mirazur, breaks down borders to rewrite the book on Mediterranean cuisine. Destiny obviously had a hand in Mauro Colagreco’s career. His story almost...

  • My greatest mistake

    Even the greats of the industry don’t always do everything right. Here they tell you about their slip-ups and setbacks, what they learned from them and how they do it better today. This time: Selim Varol.

  • 25 Best Chefs of Instagram 2019

    Welcome to the Web’s culinary mecca! Instagram lets everyone from hobby cooks to Michelin-starred chefs give their followers a behind-the-scenes look at their kitchens. By dishing up bite-sized portions of “food porn”, brilliant gastronomic minds can expand their influence far beyond...

  • Mandating meat-free menus: has WeWork gone a step too far?

    Coworking giant WeWork has taken meat off the menu for its employees. Should other companies be following suit?

  • Aged to perfection

    Tender and delicious! Aging helps bring out the best in pork, beef, goat, and veal. Read on for a quick run-down of the best aging methods, a look at the microbiology behind the aging process, and an explanation of why aged...

  • Levelling up Turkish gastronomy

    Training and development center Gastronometro was founded three years ago with the goal of supporting and promoting Turkish gastronomy at home and around the world. Director Maximilian Thomae, the man behind the platform, explains what they’ve achieved so far and how...

  • Plant-based burger challenge

    Demand for plant-based meat is fast on the up. KTCHNrebel finds out how three of the market leading burgers stack up.

  • Taste-testing alternative-protein burgers

    More and more people are trying to go meatless for health, environmental, or ethical reasons, but not all of them are willing to say goodbye to burgers — which is why there’s an entire industry working on alternatives to meat patties,...

  • Creative, more creative, most creative: Lukas Mraz

    Right now, Lukas Mraz’s official title is son. Specifically, he is a “son” in Mraz and Son, the Michelin-starred family restaurant he joined his father Markus at in 2017.

  • Say what? Voice assistant for restaurants?

    Soon, almost half of consumers will prefer using a voice assistant to a website. Elly Earls finds out why restaurants need to be ready.

  • Out-standing steak

    Standing is the new sitting, if these Japanese idea exporters have anything to say about it. Read on to find out how Ikinari has New York rising to its feet.

  • Killer from Manila

    From dishwasher to top chef: how shooting star and part-time ninja Bruce Ricketts is taking the capital of the Philippines by storm with his Japanese fusion food.

  • Legends: John Willard Marriott

    American Dream poster boy John Willard Marriott went from Farmer’s son to one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Marriott International is the world’s largest hotel chain, encompassing brands like St. Regis, Sheraton, Starwood, and Le Méridien.

  • Gordon Ramsay’s ex

    In 2017, Great Britain’s Queen of Cuisine stepped out of Gordon Ramsay’s shadow. Why Clare Smyth decided to go solo on her London restaurant, Core; the role potatoes play in her kitchen; and why horses nearly derailed her career.

  • Now serving: retail

    The hype is real! Wildly popular food blogs, creative new concepts everywhere you look... The restaurant industry can’t exactly complain about not getting enough attention these days. The retail industry knows it, too, and the rise of e-commerce has many retailers...

  • Dark kitchen – gastronomic revolutionaries

    Abandoned parking lots in the shadows of tall bridges, romantic industrial settings, skylines... is this really where the gastronomic revolution is going to happen? Here, among the shipping containers that blend harmoniously into the desolate landscape? Of course! The epicenter of...

  • Working in Mexico City

    Mexico, land of the Aztecs, has an incredibly diverse landscape, ranging from endless beaches and dense rainforests to massive gorges and spectacular mountains. The cuisine here is full of variety, too: cattle farms in the north, fish and seafood from the...

  • Slow food, fast

    Now serving: the future! Or at least that's what's happening in San Francisco and Berlin, where restaurateurs are using digital technology to kick their health-food places into overdrive.

  • “Chef life has gotten a lot easier”

    Architecture and shopping culture aren’t the only cutting-edge things about Dubai—it’s setting new food and beverage standards as well. Leading the charge is Steven Smalley, the UK native who joined the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah & Hilton The Walk hotel as its...

  • The restaurant-maker

    Kurt Stan Wolf Zdesar, Australian by birth and Austrian by heritage, is a concept junkie and a sure-fire bet when it comes to spectacular profits on the international restaurant scene.

  • How seriously is the shortage of skilled professionals affecting the fine-dining world?

    As a German TV chef, moderator, author, entrepreneur, wife, and mother, Cornelia Poletto always has a lot on her plate. After closing her Michelin-starred restaurant in Hamburg in 2011 and opening the CORNELIA POLETTO, she expanded her universe even further: with...

  • Star collector & kitchen revolutionary: Tim Raue

    In Germany’s culinary high society, the best example of a career that defines all expectations is probably Tim Raue’s. Raue grew up on the mean streets of Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, and his youth was more about throwing down than dishing up—...

  • New Survey: Gen Y trends that are driving tomorrow’s dining economy

    Results from a new survey, which was conducted online in October 2018 by YouGov and sponsored by Planday, reveal three key drivers that Gen Y (Millennials born between 1980 and 2000) indicate will shape the restaurant sector of tomorrow.

  • Vision vs. reason? Having a vision is always a risk…

    Restaurants open, restaurants close. It’s the Circle of Life in the gastronomy world. But how come some places thrive for decades, and others fall apart after a few months? A 2005 Ohio State Univeristy study analyzed the situation in the USA,...

  • Gastronomy pro Mirco Kurreck’s tips for the F&B future

    Besides being RATIONAL AG’s resident F&B expert, Mirco Kurreck also lectures at the IST School of Management in Dusseldorf... so KTCHNrebel obviously wanted to pump him for as much information as possible. We asked him about the current trends in the...

  • A man and his chicken

    Even today, harland david sanders is still smiling at his customers: his laughing face is the trademark of kentucky fried chicken. How Sanders got his “colonel” title and made his first million.

  • The perfectionist: André Chiang

    Two Michelin stars, a spot on the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, countless other international awards... and now chef André Chiang can add the Diner’s Club Lifetime Achievement Award to his ever-growing resume.

  • Off-Road Cooking

    Chef is more than a career—it’s almost like a personal brand. Chefs are food experts, organizational geniuses, artists, and revolutionaries, all rolled into one. When everyone else has gone home for the day, they’re hitting their stride, adrenalin coursing through their...

  • Going whole hog

    From nose to tail: a chef with a sense of responsibility is the best thing that can ever happen to a pig. Plus: this little piggy went to market...

  • Massive Respect

    A creative force of nature in the kitchen: Ryan Clift, mastermind and head chef at Singapore's Tippling Club, combines genius and madness more skillfully than anyone else around.

  • Four foodservice trends for 2019

    Technology, sustainability and convenience are set to be the foodservice buzzwords for 2019, as Elly Earls discovers.

  • Countdown to zero

    For a long time, the Silo in Brighton was the lonely pioneer on the zero-waste restaurant scene. Now, a paradigm shift is finally on the horizon. 

  • Working in Singapore

    Impulsive, challenging, many-faceted: it's no wonder people call Singapore a melting pot of trends. Here, any ex-pats willing to work can try their hand at new things, ride the gastronomy wave, and discover extraordinary and innovative ideas.

  • The high-tech playground

    A new workspace has just opened its doors in San Francisco: an experimental playground for fans of high-tech cooking.

  • Getting connected

    The Internet of Things (IoT) has huge potential to transform the foodservice sector. Elly Earls finds out how.

  • Scary beautiful, damn delicious. Dessert illusions of chef Ben Churchill

    Appetising is something else and nevertheless the food illusionist Ben Churchill’s dessert creations are the most trendy you can possibly make out of sugar. No other chefs play so virtuously with the combination of sight and taste, with the "ick" factor,...

  • Rise of the robots

    Robot restaurants are hitting the headlines everywhere from China to the US. Elly Earls finds out whether chefs should be worried.

  • A trend that’ll make you smile: Healthy hedonism

    This trend was a long time coming. Haven’t we all spoiled our own fun often enough trying to eat healthy? Nibbling on carrots, counting calories, tallying points, watching our weight. We’ve all done it, whether we’re nine, nineteen or ninety. Women...

  • Ultra-personalization: the next big thing?

    A restaurant brand in the UK can tailor your dinner to your DNA profile. Elly Earls finds out whether this is the future of foodservice. Personalization is something we’ve come to expect as standard in the quick service sector, particularly in...

  • Kimbal Musk: Geek chef

    How microchips are revolutionizing American cuisine. When most people hear the name “Musk”, they think of Elon, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX. Kimbal Musk is involved in his brother’s businesses, and has a similar penchant for all things digital, but he...

  • Face off

    What’s it like to eat inside a giant weaving loom? Better than any place else, at least if you're in the mood for Nikkei cuisine, which Albert Adrià and Peruvian chef Jorge Muñoz have created a European home for in Barcelona.

  • No mediocrity

    The truth lies somewhere in the middle. That’s the maxim Hendrik Otto cooks by at the Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer—and the results are proof that balance has nothing to do with mediocrity.

  • Pixel pasta: will 3D food printers revolutionize the restaurant industry?

    The room is bathed in soft pink light; the few chairs are lit up in green from underneath. Geometric shapes float past on the walls. It’s not garish, but it’s very futuristic - sort of a combination spaceship-laboratory thing. Diners are...

  • Tableside circus

    Nitrogen clouds! Jets of flame! Send that carrot through the grinder! Tableside cooking is experiencing a comeback, but is it added value or just cheap razzle-dazzle?

  • The new era can officially begin

    The 25hours hotel chain is opening a new location in Paris, marking its first venture outside of the German-speaking world. CEO Christoph Hoffmann discusses future expansion plans and what a company can do to preserve its own “DNA”.

  • You’re the wurst!

    An American classic is getting a makeover in Berlin: Björn Swanson’s THE DAWG is taking hot dogs to new culinary heights.

  • The new incan gold – Peruvian cuisine: from blue corn to jungle fish

    Peruvian food? Isn’t that just guinea pig and ceviche? Well, those, too. But there’s a lot more to it than that... which is why Peruvian fare has become such a big thing in the culinary world. Peruvian restaurants are popping up...

  • Front of House vs. Back of House

    Is the divide for real? Anyone who’s ever worked in a restaurant knows about that eternal divide between kitchen and service. No, not the pass. It’s more of an invisible barrier, a sense of two worlds colliding, almost like they’re two...

  • Culinary schools: shortcuts to kitchen paradise? 

    Culinary schools can set you back between $10,000 and $100,000, which is pretty intense considering that the average cook barely makes $10 an hour to start off. Even so, more and more young people are applying for hotly contested spots at...

  • Artificial food and dairy substitutes – Comfort food from the science lab

    New York, the not-too-distant future: gray smog lingers over the streets of an overpopulated city. The world’s natural resources are practically gone; precious water and food are astronomically expensive. While the majority of the impoverished populace struggles every day to find...

  • F&B – fit for the future

    An interview with Jan Smeets, Recipe for Concept. Restaurant & Bar Concept Development. The Dutchman is one of the most experienced concept developers in the entire industry—he’s been working in the gastro industry since 20 years and as a concept consultant...

  • Food waste: enough is enough!

    Every year, somewhere along the road from farms to processing plants, restaurants, and households, 1.3 billion tons of food wind up in the trash rather than in our stomachs. It’s an astonishing and thought-provoking statistic — think of the valuable environmental...

  • How sustainable is your menu?

    Consumers are more aware than ever about the impact their food choices have on the planet, but are chefs delivering them the information they require?

  • My name is Albert Adria

    In 2013, Albert Adrià was considered one of the most underrated chefs in the world. As the visionary behind elBulli, once considered the world's greatest restaurant, his older brother, Ferran Adrià, cast a long shadow. How - Albert is giving their...

  • Feed the feed – Instagram for restaurants

    Instagram is fast becoming an indispensable part of the marketing mix for restaurateurs. Elly Earls finds out how to get it right. 69% of Millennial diners take a photograph of their food before eating it, with 30% saying they wouldn’t go...

  • Six tips for beating skilled staff shortages

    It’ll all be okay... but how? Contrary to what you might think from the atmosphere in the culinary world, the industry isn’t actually on the brink of an apocalypse. We need to get past the myth that it’s all miserable cooks, waiters,...

  • Full house, empty kitchens?

    Miami? Tokyo? London? Or how about Munich? Mike is proud and happy. He’s just been released into the wild, with a degree from a top German culinary school in his pocket, and now the world is waiting to welcome him with...

  • Working in Bizkaia

    The mountains at your back, the Atlantic in front of you, and a food-and-gastronomy freak’s paradise in between. Welcome to living and working in Bizkaia. Read on to discover some of the most exciting new ideas in the region, along with...

  • Aquaponics: symbiotic habitats for food of the future

    Diners at Sollo shake their heads in wonder as the sun dips below the horizon on Spain’s southern Mediterranean coastline. It’s only partly because of the view, though—the real spectacle here is on the ceramic plates on this side of the...

  • Bugs, not bunny: how insects are revolutionizing gastronomy

    Bangkok: a small restaurant tucked away in a back courtyard. Dark facade, bronze nameplate, metal window shutters. Inside, it’s all high ceilings and vintage-industrial charm, with dark wood bathed in oversized lights and a random assortments of chairs dotting a landscape...