The Three Star Chef and his Awards

Even if Christian Bau is incredibly grateful for every single one of his awards – and the list is pretty long – being awarded with the third Michelin Star, the top chef has reached what only nine other German chefs of exceptional restaurants have accomplished.


He represents perfection and precision, but he doesn’t have to prove anything to himself or to others anymore. This does not reduce his motivation in the least: without resting on his third star, he defends it since 13 years, daily, fully committed and highly ambitious. Three Michelin Stars, “Chef of the year” of different restaurant critics for several times, 19 points in the Guide Gault Millau. The statement that Christian Bau is the best chef in Germany, is a matter of taste. But the chef de cuisine undoubtedly belongs to the upper echelons of German, if not international, exceptional talents at the stove.

The highest Award for a Chef:
3 Michelin Stars

Within only a seven years span, Christian Bau was awarded with three Michelin Stars for his kitchen in the “Victor´s Fine Dining by Christian Bau”. For the star chef, this is an award which provides him definitive worldwide respect. The first Michelin Star was awarded to him just after seven months as chef de cuisine, and the two-star chef title was awarded a year later. In 2005 the third star followed suit, quite unexpectedly. Year after year it is an ongoing challenge to maintain this high rating, but Christian Bau and his team are able to master it sovereignly.

Fruits of Yuzu make him “Chef of the Year”

It is considerable that Christian Bau has cooked a classic French cuisine till reaching his third Michelin Star, and only in 2007 the culinary change came, with the development of his kitchen philosophy and the integration of Japanese products to the French haute cuisine. Christian Bau was the first chef who imported fresh fruits of yuzu to Germany and who prepared meat stock just with dashi. That was the birth of the present BauStyle, and the reason why FEINSCHMECKER named him “Chef of the Year”.

Driving Force and National Hero

At the CHEF-SACHE in Cologne Christian Bau was honoured several times. Celebrated as national hero, he was “Chef of the year” in 2015 once more, and furthermore “Driving force of the sector”. A great honour as a total of 8000 gastronomy experts casted their votes. “It is really sexy if you know the sector is accepting you as the best.” Christian Bau hits the nail on the head.


Three Michelin Stars are reached, which objective still remain? Of course, maintaining the highest level to make the guests happy with every menu, and remaining fit and healthy for living the passion day after day.

All awards at a glance:

  • November 1996: 3rd winner at the world final of Prix Taittinger in Paris, unofficial world championship of chefs
  • October 1998: “Newcomer of the Year”, DER FEINSCHMECKER
  • November 1998: 1st Michelin Star, Guide Michelin
  • November 1999: 2nd Michelin Star, Guide Michelin
  • December 2000: Most creative chef of Germany, BUNTE
  • October 2004: “Newcomer of the Year 2004”, Aral Schlemmer Atlas
  • October 2005: “Chef of the Year”, DER FEINSCHMECKER
  • October 2005: 5 cooking spoons, Aral Schlemmer Atlas
  • November 2005: 3rd Michelin Star, Guide Michelin
  • May 2006: Award for great cookery and hospitality for Christian and Yildiz Bau, Les Amis de L´Art de Vivre
  • November 2008: 19 points Guide Gault Millau, Gault Millau
  • October 2010: 5 “F”, DER FEINSCHMECKER
  • February 2011: “Chef of the Year”, Award of Gusto
  • January 2012: “Chef of the Year”, Award of FAZ
  • September 2015: National Hero – Chef of the Year, CHEF-SACHE
  • September 2015: Driving force of the sector, CHEF-SACHE
  • November 2017: “Chef of the Year 2018”, Gault&Millau

Currently seven highest ratings in seven restaurant guides.