Neu-Isenburg, 10 March 2023 -A trainee from the Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt took first place in the vocational field of chef at the Hesse championships in the hospitality trades. Philipp Zellmer convinced the jury with his menu, which he created and prepared from a given shopping basket. Zellmer, who is in his third year of apprenticeship, is thus the Hessian champion among the chef apprentices. With the victory, he has qualified to participate in the national DEHOGA apprentice competition at the national level.
"Of course, it makes me very proud that the best chef trainee comes from our hotel; this speaks for the quality of our training, which, in addition to the young man's great motivation, certainly made a decisive contribution to the victory," says Kai Behrens, Director of the Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt.
The chef trainee thought up the 3-course winning menu himself. As a starter, he served the jury a poached char with apple and leek foam, leaf spinach and beetroot and barley risotto. The main course was a roast saddle of venison with juniper cream sauce, glazed turnips, steamed Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes. The menu was rounded off with the dessert: hazelnut pear tart
tonka bean sauce and light chocolate mousse.
Zellmer is not the first Hesse champion from the Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt. Already in 2018, two apprentices were able to win the competition for themselves, winning in the professions of chef and restaurant specialist. "I am very pleased that young people are so passionate about the hotel industry; our apprentices are strong proof that the industry is still attractive for a professional career," Behrens notes.
About Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt:
The charm of a country villa, the atmosphere of a natural oasis, international and regional cuisine, a diverse range of wellness and sports offerings – Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt offers an ideal combination of services, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing stay. The five-star urban-retreat resort is located just outside Frankfurt, in a 15-hectare park along the hotel’s private lake – a comfortable alternative to the big city. 225 rooms, including 37 suites, in different categories reflect the hotel’s rustic charm, with the convenience of modern amenities. Four different restaurants and the 2,000 sq m Country Club & Spa with a generous outdoor area are also included in the extensive services the hotel offers.
About Kempinski Hotels:
Founded in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is the oldest luxury hotel group in Europe. The traditional company offers its guests first-class hospitality and personal service around the world, along with the exclusivity and individuality of each specific hotel. Kempinski operates 81 five-star hotels and residences in 35 countries, and is currently developing more than 26 prize-winning projects worldwide. Each individual hotel reflects the strengths and success of the Kempinski brand, without losing sight of tradition; each one meets the standard of quality guests expect, while respecting the unique cultural characteristics of the destination. In addition, Kempinski is also a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest network of independent hotel brands.
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