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The Berlin Master Chefs 2018 – Jury drew winners from 140 candidates
The “Berlin Master Chefs” for 2018 have been announced. The 13 members of the independent Berlin Master Chef jury, led by chairman Dr. Stefan Elfenbein, selected the winners in six categories: “Berlin Master Chef 2018,” “Newcomer of the Year 2018,” “Best Berlin Host 2018,” “Berlin Scene Restaurant 2018,” “Berlin Kiez Master 2018” and “Culinary Innovator 2018.” Dr. Stefan Franzke, CEO of Berlin Partner: “Berlin has emerged as a true food metropolis. The city’s varied, inspiring and international culinary scene is leaving its mark on the city and people alike while expanding Berlin’s appeal to creative minds from all over the world. The Berlin Master Chefs format is evidence of our pioneering spirit and our success at building up a globally attractive brand from scratch. The format also reflects the dynamism of our unique network in the city which allows us to rapidly identify trends and work together in bolstering them. I am very proud of how the Berlin Master Chefs format has allowed us to spotlight Berlin’s tremendous development in various fields, including our dining and drinking culture. Berlin embodies freedom, diversity, creativity, international flair and a love of experimentation – taken together, these characteristics have helped create an extraordinary location for restaurants and bars. The contrasting mix of diverse neighborhoods are a legacy of Berlin’s unique past and present. For the first time in the history of the Master Chefs, we will be presenting an award in the new category of “Berlin Kiez Master.” Like all Master Chef awards, this new category will highlight a recipient whose work represents those uniquely Berlin characteristics of pleasure, tradition, quality of life and culinary art. This time, however, the emphasis will be on their work in a particular Berlin neighborhood – work that captures the spirit of that district while attracting attention from regions far beyond its borders.”
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Berlin's Economy
#1 Sustainable – Berlin becomes a Fairtrade town!
Berlin is now an officially certified Fairtrade city. Berlin’s Senator for Economics Ramona Pop: “We are designing our economic policies to be durable and sustainable. Being awarded
the status of a Fairtrade city is a tremendous confirmation of the commitment and the work being done by Berliners. Think global, act local – this approach has a major impact on what
coffee we drink and what clothes we buy. In Berlin, we’re eager to help improve working conditions in producing countries.” When Berlin receives the official Fairtrade title in November
2018, it will mark the beginning of even further activities designed to foster fair trade. But it’s not just the German capital that’s become an official Fairtrade town; each of the city’s individual districts can also apply to receive the title, and some of them already have. In fact, this year, both Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Steglitz-Zehlendorf will be named official Fairtrade towns.
#2 Working to promote the acceptance of tourism
Berlin is currently in third place in terms of overnight stays by tourists, just behind London and Paris. “It’s important that Berlin now work to improve the acceptance of tourism among its own population. The key buzzwords here are cleanliness, security and quiet,” notes Christian Andresen, president of Dehoga Berlin, a hotel and restaurant association. “Both longtime residents and new Berliners – we can’t forget that the capital grows by roughly 40,000 people each year – need to feel comfortable in our city. Berlin’s official ‘Tourism Concept 2018+’ takes on this challenge and seeks to implement a sustainable form of tourism. Some initial steps have already been taken: for example, visitBerlin has set up six staff positions designed to foster deeper and more direct communication with individual districts. The only way to address problems is to know what they are first, that is, by staying in close contact with residents,” adds Andresen.
#3 Artificial intelligence in the capital region
Innovation in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) is currently driving technological development across all sectors. The Berlin-Brandenburg region profits tremendously from this development: Almost half of AI companies founded in Germany are based in Berlin. Today, more than 200 companies are hard at work on AI innovations, thereby generating roughly eight percent of turnover in the field of data and software service providers. Berlin-Brandenburg has everything it needs to make the most of these opportunities: the region has excellent university and non-university research facilities and institutions in the field of AI, all of which influence ongoing technological development and provide a fresh pool of qualified graduates whose creative minds ensure the transfer of technology. In addition, these bodies also play a key role in ensuring that public funding flows into the area; in 2017, for example, that funding amounted to almost €20 million.
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Industry information
#1 Kitchentown – from California to Berlin
Shared working space for food startups: The food incubator Kitchentown, successfully established in San Francisco in 2014, is coming to Berlin. A production site based on the American model has been launched along with Bahlsen and the initiator Rusty Schwartz. Young startups with a great product but no possibility of scaling up can set up a base here - including use of kitchen equipment and facilities. The founders also get help with other areas of business, such as workshops and mentoring: The next date is the 13th of November, covering the subject “Supply Chain Optimisation for Food Startups” -
#2 Did you say food? – #UNITED4FOOD
The third AGTECH FOODTECH SUMMIT is taking place in Berlin on the 23rd of November. The aim of the summit is to bring together a network of specialists from the nutrition industry to discuss the challenges of food production in the context of health and nutrition. The latest research approaches will be presented. Food startups are invited to an innovation pitch. Tickets from:
#3 WELmo for climate-neutral commercial transport
With the new support programme “Wirtschaftsnahe Elektromobilität (Business-oriented electro mobility)” or WELmo, the Senate Administration for the Economy, Energy and Business has created new incentives to switch to low-emission vehicles. WELmo is aimed at small and medium-sized companies, subsidising both acquisition and leasing of commercially used electric vehicles, and the setup of charging infrastructure in the commercial environment. When moving to cleaner vehicles, Berlin companies can receive a subsidy of up to 4000 Euro for cars and up to 8000 for light commercial vehicles - in addition to the environmental bonus from the national government. The application documents can be submitted with immediate effect. The IBB Business Team GmbH, a one hundred percent subsidiary of the Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is responsible for the running of the programme as project manager, and can provide further information about the support programme at
#1 BRLO Chicken & Beer opens in KaDeWe
This is now the second restaurant which BRLO founders Katharina Kurz, Christian Laase and Michael Lembke have opened jointly with restaurateur and chef Ben Pommer. They only cook Kikok chickens on their rotisserie grill and they’re served as a full or half chicken with chips, as a Caesar salad and fried chicken. To go with it, there are eight different kinds of BRLO beer on tap. Alongside their own restaurants in the KaDeWe, BRLO will also brew their very own KaDeWe pilsner.
#2 The Berlin chocolate manufacture Rausch celebrates 100 year anniversary
From the 13th of October, connoisseurs will be able to enjoy the world of Rausch chocolate with all their senses, discovering new highlights on every floor in the world’s biggest chocolatiers, in an area of over 1500 square metres spread over three levels: The new Rausch plantation world - an audiovisual experience exhibition covering everything to do with premium cocoa. Or the more than 30 original chocolate creations in the Circle Bar in the Chocolate Café with breathtaking views over the Gendarmenmarkt.
#3 Würth Elektronik eiSos develops LEDs for urban farming
Environmentally friendly and energy efficient: Urban farming - gardening in the city. Using different wavelengths of light per development stage, plants can thrive in bunkers or indoor halls, without earth as a substrate. LED’s minimise shadow creation in grow boxes, increase the yield, fruit matures evenly, saving space and also CO2 due to shorter transport distances. Würth Elektronik eiSos manufactures these LED’s and supplies them to light manufacturers and system suppliers.
Did you know that…
…the Zagreus Project in Berlin-Mitte innovately connects art with food with delicious results? Trained as a chef but also holding a degree in art from the Stuttgart Art Academy, Ulrich Krauss creates a space in which art and cuisine are in dialogue with one another.
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…what makes Berlin a great place to live in comparison to London? Berlin versus London: BULETTE VS. FISH & CHIPS
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Berlin to do
With over 60 events, the Berlin Science Week seeks to spotlight Berlin’s status as a leading science location among the general public. Science Week is an international platform where the most exciting representatives of science and society meet every year.
When, where? 1 to 10 November, Various locations
The digitization of public administrative offices and public services offers enormous potential for the public sector, companies and the population. In order to make the most of this, the Smart Country Convention brings together representatives of the public sector and the digital economy as well as from politics and science
Where, when? 20 to 22 November, CityCube Berlin
#3 S³ - SMART SERVICE SUMMITAnnual conference of Smart Service World I and II
The Federal Ministry for the Economic Affairs and Energy support programme Smart Service World helps projects with innovative ideas in the area of smart home, mobility, sport, health and smart services for rural areas. The annual conference is aimed particularly at medium-sized companies and offers an opportunity to make contacts, and also find out about new developments and approaches in research.
Where, when? 22 to 23 November, The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
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