The famous German chef Heinz Beck, known for his mediterranean cuisine, is not only successful in Italy and Germany, but since a few years in London as well.
Heinz Beck, born in Germany in 1963, gained his formal chef qualification in 1983 at the Professional School in Passau. He gained experience at the Hotel Holzapfel, and started working at the Michelin starred catering company Feinkost Kaefer. Before leaving Germany to explore the European gastronomy, he became Chef de Partie at the Columbi Hotel in Freiburg and went to the Tantris. Beck then left for Mallorca, Spain and became Sous Chef at Tristan.
When Beck returned to Germany, he gained his ‘kuechenmeister’ while working with the renowned chef Heinz Winkler. He left again in 1994 and went to Rome to La Pergola. There, he attended a Course for Sommelier’s and received some of his many awards, including ‘Golden Medal of the Artist’s Foyer’ and ‘La Sapienza’, which has not been conferred to a chef in 30 years. In 2006 Beck has been awarded with three Michelin stars, as well as the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ in Germany.
Beck opened his first restaurant ‘Apsleys – A Heinz Beck Restaurant’ in 2009 in London, which, after just five months, was awarded its first Michelin star.
Heinz Beck is the author of numerous cookery books, concentrating on pasta and vegetarian dishes, one book being about his cooking philosophy.