|Estimated value:||€7 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||entrepreneur|
First a member of a street gang, later a star chef and TV star: that sounds more like footage than a real event. Nevertheless, chef and entrepreneur Tim Raue made it. He has left his difficult childhood and youth behind and instead acts with quick-witted jokes and culinary skills.
Tim Raue was born in Berlin in early 1974. He grew up in very modest circumstances in Kreuzberg’s Wrangelkiez. Raue’s parents separated early, he first lived with his mother and later with his father and his new girlfriend. There he became a victim of the couple’s outbursts, some of which even ended in physical violence.
Raue then moved from Stuttgart back to his mother in Berlin. During this difficult time, his grandparents were the most important contacts. Finally, as a teenager, he became a member of the Berlin youth gang 36 Boys – not a good decision.
The gang engaged in frequent brawls with other groups, with Raue mostly being at the front lines. Wounds and fractures were not uncommon. In contrast to many other young people in the same milieu, Raue managed to graduate from high school and began an apprenticeship as a cook at Chalet Suisse, which he completed in 1994.
After his apprenticeship, Tim Raue worked on the “First Floor”. In 1997 he became head chef in the now closed “Rosenbaum”. From 2002 he continued this work in the “Restaurant 44” of the Swissôtel in Berlin. Even at this time, Raue demonstrated his personal style, which is defined by originality, skill and Asian elements. He also gets a lot of inspiration from New York businesses, because that’s where a lot of gastronomic trends are made anyway.
In 2008, Tim Raue became the culinary director at the Adlon Collection. There he opened the restaurants Ma Tim Raue (Chinese-inspired, closed in 2010), Uma (Japanese restaurant, now managed by Stephan Zuber) and the Sho Bar. In September 2010, the restaurant Tim Raue in Kreuzberg followed, where the star chef received his second Michelin in 2012 -star received. Also in 2010, Raue was a member of the jury for the show “Deutschlands Meisterkoch”, with which he made his debut as a television chef.
Raue is also the culinary advisor to the restaurants Brasserie Colette in Munich, Konstanz and Berlin and Villa Kellermann in Potsdam. Since 2016, Tim Raue has represented his Asian-inspired restaurant concept Hanami on four TUI ships. And his television career has not come to a halt either: since 2019 he has not only been a coach in the talent show “The Taste”, but also a permanent member of the jury in Tim Mälzer’s cooking show “Ready to beef!”. Raue has been working with Mälzer on “Kitchen Impossible” since 2015.
Tim Raue has received numerous awards over the course of his career. During his work in the “Kaiserstuben” he was awarded by the “Feinschmecker” in 1998 as the newcomer of the year. In 2002, Raue became head chef at Restaurant 44 of the Berlin Swissôtel, where he received his first Michelin star and eighteen Gault Millau points. In 2016, Tim Raue was included in The World’s Best Restaurant list. He runs the only German restaurant that is in the top 50 of this list.
In 2019 his restaurant “The K” in the Hotel St. Moritz was awarded a Michelin star. Since 2015, Raue has appeared regularly on Tim Mälzer’s show “Kitchen Impossible”. In addition, an episode of the third season of the Netflix series “Chef’s Table” was dedicated to him – he is the only German chef to have made it.
- “If you want to be something in life, you can never do it alone.”
- “If someone debates or thinks he has eaten wisdom with spoons, he will not find many friends in the kitchen.”
- “If something really stresses me out, it’s when something doesn’t work.”
- “You can only achieve lasting success in the kitchen if you do it with conviction.”
Tim Raue has published two books: the cookbook “Aromen(r)evolution” and the biography “I know what hunger is: from the street gang to the star kitchen”.
He acts as an advertising figure for Weight Watchers.
From the fights in his teenage years, Tim Raue has a slightly crooked nose.
|Estimated value:||€7 million|