Next Chef Award honors young talents

Germany is searching for the next celebrity chef: talented young chefs compete for the Next Chef Award in an exciting contest. The application deadline was on 31 December.  In order to be considered, you must have completed your professional training as a chef and be under the age of 26. 18 applicants will compete in the first round at the INTERNORGA in front of a live audience: four ingredients, 60 minutes, one main dish. That’s what the challenge is all about. 

Six people who succeed in the first round will be part of the great finale on the 16 March. On that day, they will be challenged to cook a dish created by celebrity chef Johann Lafer, without the recipe. This requires a lot of expertise and an excellent sense of taste. Participating has its perks: the winner will not only receive the title “Next Chef 2020”, but is also given the chance to publish his or her own cookbook. So, put your cooking spoon away for a moment, sit down at your computer and apply now. (Application available in German only)

I’m always impressed by the passion of everyone who enters the Next Chef Award contest. In my opinion, this is the best competition for up-and-coming chefs in Germany.

Johann Lafer, celebrity chef


Saturday, 14.03.2020

14:30 - 17:00
Foyer East - Next Chef Award

Next Chef Award - Live Challenge 1

• Christoph Behnke, 23, Chef De Partie, Solar-Restaurant, Berlin (D)
• Tetiana Bielova, 23, Köchin, Strandhotel Glücksburg, Glücksburg (D)
• Patrick Domeyer, 26, Junior Souschef, Renaissance Hotel, Hamburg (D)
• Rene Dybek, 26, Junior Souchef, Klosterpforte Marienfeld, Harsewinkel (D)
• Marc Moog, 23, Junior Souschef, Coast by East, Hamburg (D)
• Henry Obotenu, 23, Demi Chef, Eggers Hotel, Hamburg (D)
Johann Lafer

Sunday, 15.03.2020

14:00 - 17:00
Foyer East - Next Chef Award

Next Chef Award - Live Challenge 2

• Lukas Baumgartner, 20, Chef De Partie, Hotel Grand Ferdinand, Wien (AUT)
• Kevin Lüken, 25, Betriebswirt Gastronomie, Wihoga Dortmund, Wettringen (GER)
• Dennis Kratz, 25, Chef De Partie, Genuss Fabrik, Bad Hindelang (GER)
• Stefan Roglmeier, 23, Chef De Partie, Restaurant Pfistermühle, München (GER)
• Patrick Sonnenschein, 25, Chef de Partie, Gourmet Restaurant Schlosshotel Münchhausen, Hannover (GER)
• Vanessa Westhöfer, 25, Commis de Cuisine, Burg Gleiberg, Gießen (GER)
Johann Lafer

Monday, 16.03.2020

11:00 - 14:00
Foyer East - Next Chef Award

Next Chef Award - Live Challenge 3

• Wilfried Langreiter, 26, Souschef, COOL MAMA, Salzburg (AUT)
• Felix Lehner, 24, Chef De Partie, Hilton Vienna, Wien (AUT)
• Alexander Loth, 26, Junior Souchef, Legere Hotel, Bielefeld (GER)
• Marco Näpflin, 21, Tournant, Waldstätterhof Luzern (CHE)
• Johannes Rudloff, 24, Souchef, Restaurant Esplanade, Eisenach (GER)
• Benedetto Russo, 23, Küchenchef, Ristorante l’opera, Herleshausen (GER)
Johann Lafer

15:00 - 17:30
Foyer East - Next Chef Award

Next Chef Award - Finale

Johann Lafer

The judges

INTERNORGA Partner of the industry

In cooperation with celebrity chef Johann Lafer INTERNORGA is supporting young talents in the food service industry. The innovative Next Chef Award has been launched in 2016 and has the objective of promoting the exciting profession of chefs. 72 talents have already taken part in the live competition during the INTERNORGA.  Four participants – Kevin Gedike (winner 2019), Marianus von Hörsten (winner 2018), Maximilian Schultz (winner 2017) und Jonas Straube (winner 2016) – have been awarded with the prestigious trophy that turned out to be a real career booster.

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