Growing up on a farm in the mountains of Bavaria, German-born Joachim Wissler learned early about farm-to-table cuisine.

Wissler began his career at Traube Tonbach in the Black Forest, where he learned to cook on site. He eventually received his first Michelin star as head chef of Reinhartshausen Castle, outside of Frankfurt. 

Moving to Vendome at the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg in Cologne in 2000, Wissler was awarded a Michelin star his first year, a second star in 2002 and then a third star in 2004. He stills leads the restaurant today.