Chef Christian Eckhardt has entered Germany's Michelin guide with two stars recognising his first solo project since leaving Villa Rothschild, PURS in Andernach, west Germany.
His jump to the second tier of the guide comes despite having only opened the restaurant in February last year. It joins three already established one-Michelin-starred sites in the small German town, situated between Frankfurt and Bonn.
Other additions to the German red book's two-star family include: Luce d'Oro, at Elmau Castle in Krün; Sosein in Heroldsberg; Alexander Herrmann by Tobias Bätz in Wirsberg; and Ox & Klee in Cologne. The guide now boasts a total of 38 two-star sites.
Michelin guide chief Gwendal Poullennec said: "This 2019 selection confirms the ongoing positive progress of German gastronomy. This success is due to both the existing guard of well-established and experienced chefs, as well as a new generation of young and talented chefs with their innovative and fresh ideas."
Aside from recognising the July 2018 closure of La Vie, Osnabrück, there were no changes at the top tier of the guide, leaving Germany with 10 three-starred sites. The number of one-starred sites meanwhile has risen to 261 after 37 additions.Get The Caterer every week on your smartphone, tablet, or even in good old-fashioned hard copy (or all three!).