Born in the Alsace region, Martin Klein trained at his hometown’s School of Hotel Management in Strasbourg, France, before making a name for himself in restaurants around Germany and Austria.

While working on a private island in the South Pacific, he was beckoned back to Europe to Ikarus. The restaurant in Salzburg had been his home for nine years, where he served as chef de cuisine. They wanted him back, but this time as executive chef.

Taking over in 2014 was a game-changer for Klein: He won two Michelin stars. Ikarus is most famous for its guest chef concept, which brings in top chefs from around the world to provide a variety of culinary experiences.