Bang Bang, Brox, Good Bank, Mexiko Strasse and 's Handwerk are finalists in this year’s Gastronomy Start-up Contest with a wildcard going to a sixth finalist selected by the jury. Competitors have until February 28, 2017 to apply. The six finalists will have five minutes to pitch their concepts live at Internorga on March 17, 2017 to a professional audience who selects the winner. The celebrity TV chef, Tim Mälzer, is on this year’s jury and will moderate the competition.
Aztec cuisine in St. Paui
Among those vying for the prize are Fabio Haebel and Marcus Mohr, who both hail from Hamburg. Guests at their Bang Bang restaurant can go on a culinary tour from Japan to Peru. The menu includes fusion fare such as Chia Pudding, Eggs Benedict Kimchi Style and Omakase-Sushi. Meanwhile, Miguel Zaldivar and Nico Vorwerk, who learnt their trade in Mexico’s renowned Centro Culinaro Ambrosía, have opened the taqueria restaurant in St. Pauli’s Mexiko Strasse. There, guests can dine on Aztec cuisine featuring tacos filled with roast suckling pig, haunch of venison, chicken, turkey, fish or seafood.
Vertical farm-to-table restaurant
The Berlin-based duo Konrad Kaspar Knops and Jin-Woo Bae will present Brox, a sustainably produced bone broth, already available in diverse organic supermarkets and delicatessen stores. Ema Paulin and Leandro Vergani, also from Berlin, will present their Good Bank concept for a vertical farm-to-table restaurant. Lettuce is grown in modular, hydroponic vertical farms in the restaurant itself while other seasonal ingredients are sourced locally. Bavaria’s Uli Brandl and Kilian Stückler from Sonthofen will be presenting s´ Handwerk – their concept for handmade food, rural and independent production.
40 hours of expert advice
Claudia Johannsen, Division Manager at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, noted: “The ‘Gastronomy Start-up Contest’ offers culinary diversity at the highest level. And the results show that. A lot of lifeblood and belief have gone into an idea – that goes with Internorga, which is a creative trendsetter for the out-of-house market. Nobody should miss the final on March 17.” The winner receives a cash prize of EUR 10,000 from ECE, Germany’s biggest operator of shopping centres, and 40 hours of advice from the Leaders Club – an association of leading gourmets in addition to free admission to the food service events during Internorga.
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