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Wolfsburg, February 6, 2018 – This is the tenth consecutive year that Aqua, the famous restaurant under the lead of chef de cuisine Sven Elverfeld, has been awarded the highest rating of three MICHELIN stars. To mark the occasion, a selection of three-star chefs, all members of the international elite, will descend at ‚AquaX’ to join forces with Sven Elverfeld and create unforgettable menus for different events.

Ten years - three MICHELIN stars – unique gastronomic events. “The Guide MICHELIN award is a great honour for us which we would like to celebrate with our guests during this unique series of events at the Aqua. I am delighted to welcome so many of my brilliant colleagues here in Wolfsburg,” says Sven Elverfeld. ‚AquaX’ will kick off on 18 March 2018 with rising star Jan Hartwig from Munich’s Restaurant Atelier, who had previously done a seven-year stint under Sven Elverfeld in Wolfsburg. “When Sven called to invite me to this event series, I agreed immediately without hesitation! Aqua has always been a magical place for me. I was lucky to be there when Sven received his third MICHELIN star. He is my main mentor, a wonderful friend and a close confidant. I am very proud and happy to have been part of the Aqua team and excited about going back to work with Sven again,” enthuses Jan Hartwig. The two top chefs and their teams will join forces to create a unique eight-course menu – the first of its kind in this exclusive combination.

The following three-star chefs will join the event:

18 Mar. 2018     Jan Hartwig, Restaurant Atelier, Munich, Germany

                           4-hands dinner with 8-course menu for 450 Euro per person*

16 April 2018     Rasmus Kofoed, Restaurant Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark

                           4-hands dinner with 8-course menu for 450 Euro per person*

18 May 2018     Gert de Mangeleer, Restaurant Hertog Jan, Bruges, Belgium

                           4-hands dinner with 8-course menu for 450 Euro per person*

29 May 2018     Niko Romito, Restaurant Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy

                           6-course menu created by Niko Romito for 400 Euro per person*

04 June 2018    Jonnie Boer, Restaurant De Librije, Zwolle, the Netherlands

                           4-hands dinner with 8-course menu for 450 Euro per person*

26 June 2018    Paolo Casagrande, Restaurant Lasarte, Barcelona, Spain

                           7-course menu created by Paolo Casagrande for 425 Euro per person*

25 July 2018      Andreas Caminada, Restaurant Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland

                          4-hands dinner with 8-course menu for 450 Euro per person*     

18 Oct. 2018     Norbert Niederkofler, Restaurant St. Hubertus, San Cassiano, Italy

                          4-hands dinner with 8-course menu for 450 Euro per person*

11. Jan. 2019    Corey Lee, Restaurant Benu, San Francisco, USA

                         8-course menu from Corey Lee & Sven Elverfeld for 495 Euro per person*

*Price includes aperitif, wine pairing, coffee, water & digestive

If you want to be part of the celebrations, you can now book individual events at Aqua by phone on 05361-606056 or by e-mail at

About Sven Elverfeld and the Aqua:

Chef de cuisine Sven Elverfeld has been responsible for the outstanding success of the Aqua from day one. Since 2000, Sven and his team have been creating culinary masterpieces for the restaurant’s discerning guests, receiving the first Guide MICHELIN star after just a year and a half after opening. The second star followed in 2006, and then in 2009, highest rating in the gourmet world, the three stars, were awarded for the first time. Frequently, Sven Elverfeld’s creations are shaped by his culinary memories, with individual menus telling distinctly flavoured stories, each with its very own special character. Focussing on the intrinsic flavour of the diligently selected products and their inspired preparation, his creations stand out both for their simplicity and their refinement.

Overview of the Aqua’s current awards:

-          3 stars – Guide MICHELIN since 2009

-          19.5 points & 4 chef hats – Gault&Millau 2018

-          5 ‘F’s – top rating – Der Feinschmecker 2017

-          10 frying pans – top rating – Gusto 2018

-          No. 1  – Gerolsteiner Restaurant-Bestenliste

-          5 cooking spoons – top rating – Aral Schlemmer Atlas 2018

-          5 chef hats – top rating – Der große Restaurantführer 2018

-          Tipp*Service & Küche 5 diamonds – top rating – Varta Guide 2018

-          Rank 70 in the extended World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 2017

About Jan Hartwig

Jan Hartwig has been chef de cuisine at the Atelier Restaurant since May 2014. In charge of a team of ten, he was first awarded three MICHELIN stars in November 2017. From 2007 to 2014, he worked under Sven Elverfeld at Restaurant Aqua in The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, where he advanced from chef de partie to sous chef. For 2018, Jan Hartwig also received 18 Gault&Millau points, 10+ Gusto frying pans and 4.5 Feinschmecker F´s.