By Cailey Rizzo
Updated March 05, 2020
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Berlin now has its first restaurant with three Michelin stars

Rutz, led by chef Marco Müller, became the first restaurant in the city to earn a third Michelin star after highly selective restaurant inspectors released their appraisals of Germany on Tuesday. 

The restaurant, wine bar and bottle shop opened in 2001. It gained its first Michelin star in 2008 and its second in 2017. 

"The cuisine of Marco Müller and his team has developed fabulously over a short period of time,” Gwendal Poullennec, international director of Michelin Guides, said in a statement. “The dishes are full of finesse, with a strong identity, but are also cleverly balanced in terms of flavour. They stand out clearly because of the chef's ongoing dialogue with nature.” 

Müller’s “inspiration menu” is available as either six or eight courses and includes dishes like grilled pigeon with red current and mushroom, wild quince with aroma of woods and malt and baltic cod and combu with elderflower and walnut. The six courses are available for about $176 (€158) and eight for $220 (€198), excluding wine pairings.

There are now 10 restaurants with three-star status throughout Germany. Michelin reviewers noted the country’s growing culinary scene for its diversity, high quality and innovative techniques. 

This year, Germany lost its oldest three-star restaurant, the Schwarzwaldstube in the Black Forest. The restaurant had Michelin’s highest status since 1993 but was completely destroyed in a fire earlier this year. It is expected to rebuild and reopen. 

There’s also a grand total of 43 restaurants with two stars in Germany, a new record for the country. There were seven newcomers in this category, including Berlin’s CODA Dessert Dining, by chef René Frank.