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New “Restaurant Tester”: Tim Raue wants to help ailing restaurants shine again

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New “Restaurant Tester”: Tim Raue wants to help ailing restaurants shine again

Tim Raue is the new restaurant tester.

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The Berlin star chef is an old hand on TV, but as a “restaurant tester” he is breaking new ground. From June, the jack-of-all-trades will set out to save restaurateurs from bankruptcy.

The Berlin star chef Tim Raue ventures into new territory. As the new “restaurant tester”, he will travel through Germany and visit restaurateurs who are in financial difficulties. The star chef then works out a new concept with the owners, which should save the restaurant.

“You have a bistro, a restaurant or a snack bar that you do with passion and passion, and yet it’s not going optimally? We’ll come to you!” That’s how Raue called for applications on Instagram. Stumbling restaurateurs can now apply. From June it should start for the TV chef at RTL. Raue follows in the footsteps of two prominent colleagues. From 2005 to 2013 and then again from 2017, Christian Rach was the protagonist of “Rach, der Restauranttester”. In 2014 and 2015, Steffen Henssler tried his hand at “Der Restauranttester” as a gastronomy rescuer.

Tim Raue: top chef with edges

“Top chef Tim Raue stands for the finest high cuisine and first-class business acumen,” writes RTL in the announcement. Among other things, the “ambition to work your way up from the bottom to the top” qualifies him for “The Restaurant Tester”. Raue grew up in modest circumstances in Berlin and was a member of a youth gang. He later worked his way up to a two-star chef. Raue has been on television for a long time, for example in “Kitchen Impossible” as an opponent of Tim Mälzer and as a juror in “The Taste”.

For the new restaurant tester, the challenges are even greater than for its predecessors. After all, two years of Corona have led the industry into a crisis. Many livelihoods are at stake. “Gastronomy can bring endless joy,” says Tim Raue. “And can be frustrating as hell when things just don’t run.” He has already successfully founded many restaurants, but many have also had to close. After 30 years in the industry, however, he knows which “screws” he needs to turn.

Unlike Rach and Henssler, Raue is not alone. He gets support from his wife. Katharina Wolschner was editor-in-chief of “Rollin Pin”, the trade magazine for gastronomy and the hotel industry. She is considered a marketing expert. “Together they form a highly competent and goal-oriented duo,” writes RTL.

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