Wolfsburg / Germany
Best-of-the-Best Nationalheld 2013 and 2015
Sven Elverfeld is part of the second generation of the great German chefs who freed themselves from previously dominant French influences, focussing instead on German dishes and products and honouring their classic roots. The first signature dishes at the stylish Acqua, where Sven has been head chef since it opened in 2000, were modern takes on German classics, such as handkäse mit Musik (hand-formed cheese in an onion marinade) – a homage to Sven’s hometown of Hanau in western Germany – and cod with pan-fried potatoes and speck. Such dishes are rarely off the menu, along with the Norddeutsche Stulle, or ‘north German open sandwich’, comprising North Sea shrimp and beef tartare with remoulade, lemon and cress.
With his constant drive to discover new taste experiences, Sven has steadily expanded his repertoire of dishes. His menus also reflect previous stays in Japan, Crete and Dubai. Sven cooks what he enjoys. Each dish has its own unique history. ‘Cooking is freedom,’ he says. For Sven Elverfeld, that means freedom of the spirit.