Christian Bau, like many European chefs, began his studies in the kitchen at the age of 16. Apprenticing at a hotel in Achern, Germany, Bau’s career took him into the mess kitchen of German military officers before he found his way back to hotel fine dining restaurants.

Bau has been chef de cuisine of Victor’s Fine Dining since 1998. In his first year, he received his first Michelin star. Once it received its third Michelin star, the restaurant became Victor’s Fine Dining by Christian Bau.

At the time, Bau was the youngest German to have such prestige. He’s held his three stars.