Sven Elverfeld began his apprenticeships as a confectioner near Frankfurt, Germany, in 1983 before he began cooking for a private school in the area. 

He eventually graduated from Heidelberg’s Hotel Management School and worked in restaurants in Crete and Dubai, then later at the Ritz-Carlton’s La Baie in Osaka, Japan.

In 2000, Elverfeld moved to Aqua at the Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg, which was awarded three Michelin stars in 2009. He’s still going strong — and still has all three stars.