EUROPA’s Best 2018: 21 stars perform at the extra-special festival of food and drink

24 june, 2018

EUROPA’s Best 2018: 21 stars perform at the extra-special festival of food and drink


·         Popular gourmet highlight on board the 5-stars-plus rated* EUROPA

·         Festival in Antwerp on 24 June 2018


On 24 June, more than 30 high-flyers from the international world of fine dining came together on the Lido Deck for the EUROPA’s Best festival, thrilling guests with their amazing culinary creations. A total of 13 top European chefs, winemakers, chocolatiers, patissiers and cheesemakers turned this event into a gourmet spectacular. These included German TV presenter Günther Jauch, who presented wines from his vineyard, Weingut von Othegraven. Tillman Fischer, MS EUROPA chef, joined Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ corporate chef Michael Hoffmann in welcoming the gourmet elite on board the luxury cruise ship.


For the seventh time, the EUROPA moored in Antwerp for a culinary evening that is a highlight for both passengers and the gourmet elite. The guests strolled past the ‘live’ cooking stations and enjoyed tasting a wide variety of culinary creations. For example, Jan Hartwig created scallops with pickled carrots, ice plant, sesame and dashi chive butter. Kevin Fehling presented glazed eel with dashi, rice foam, wasabi and trout caviar. Meanwhile, Tanja Grandits conjured up some zander lemon ceviche, turmeric and fennel. This year’s event was attended by:



Tillman Fischer, MS EUROPA

Michael Hoffmann, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ corporate chef

Dieter Müller, Restaurant Dieter Müller, MS EUROPA

Karlheinz Hauser, Seven Seas restaurant, two Michelin stars, 17 Gault et Millau points, Germany

Jan Hartwig, ATELIER restaurant, three Michelin stars, 18 Gault et Millau points, Germany  

Kevin Fehling, THE TABLE restaurant, three Michelin stars, Germany

Johannes King, Soel’ring Hof restaurant, two Michelin stars, Germany

Hendrik Otto, Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer restaurant, two Michelin stars, Germany

Tanja Grandits, STUCKI restaurant, two Michelin stars, 18 Gault et Millau points, Switzerland

Tristan Brandt, OPUS V restaurant, two Michelin stars, 18 Gault et Millau points, Germany

Heiko Nieder, The Dolder Grand restaurant, two Michelin stars, 18 Gault et Millau points, Switzerland    

Dennis Kuipers, Vinkeles restaurant, one Michelin star, 18 Gault et Millau points, Netherlands          

Martin Klein, IKARUS restaurant, two Michelin stars, Austria 


Weingut Karl H. Johner, Germany
Weingut Dreissigacker, Germany

Weingut Leitz, Germany

Weingut Spreitzer, Germany

Tenuta delle Terre Nere winery, Italy

Champagne Pol Roger, France

Baron De Ley, Spain

Gerard Bertrand winery, France

Weingut von Othegraven, Kanzem (Saar)/Germany

Additional participants:

Altonaer Kaviar Import Haus, Germany

BOS FOOD, Germany

Fromagerie Antony, France

Becking Kaffee, Germany

YUZU Chocolate Shop, Belgium

The Curtain Club, Germany

Privatbrennerei Gebhard Haemmerle, Austria

Veronelli Olive Oils, Austria

Nordische Eismanufaktur, Germany

Delta Fleisch, Germany



In 2019 EUROPA’s Best will form part of a short cruise from 2 to 4 August that will start and end in Hamburg, travelling via Helgoland. This will be the second time that the gourmet event has taken place in Hamburg since its premiere in 2017. The cruise can be booked from € 1,090 per person. For more information, visit

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