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A Culinary Quest, an American Express experience curated by Design Hotels

Summer in Germany, in full swing. Gardens are bursting with beautiful produce, freshwater lake swimming beckons, and we are called to gather at communal tables, plunging our forks into the best of the season.

Join us for “A Culinary Quest”—an intimate summer series exploring the modern food landscape, with an overnight stay at a selected Design Hotels property in Germany. From July through September, we look to the culinary talents of three prominent chefs. They'll provide insights into their artistry, and later into the evening, produce specially crafted menus highlighting the quality of the ingredients and their personal approaches.

This event gives you the opportunity to engage and connect with like-minded guests, steep yourself in the local culture of each hotel, and enjoy innovative gastronomy, with an experience that transcends the traditional realms of hospitality. Enjoy the benefits of flexible check in and out times, and limited edition amenities in a design-driven venue that is quintessential to its locale.

Three editions. Three chefs. Three hotels. A Culinary Quest is a reminder to eat and live with abandon. Book your stay at one of our unforgettable properties and upgrade your experience with American Express.


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A Culinary Quest Edition 1

Where: The George Hotel, Hamburg
When: July 11—12
What: An exclusive overnight stay and culinary adventure with otto from Berlin. 

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Gruppe 48

A Culinary Quest Edition 2

Where: The Qvest Hotel, Cologne
When: August 23—24
What: More to come...

Gruppe 49

A Culinary Quest Edition 3

Where: Wilmina Berlin
When: September 11—12
What: More to come...

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Edition 1—A gastronomic adventure in Hamburg with The George Hotel and otto

A stately boutique-style venue sets an old-school scene for our meeting (and sleeping) point. We’ll embark right away, lunch boxes in hand, and head to a local fish farm for an intimate group walk, talk, and masterclass on how to filet like a professional, with leading Berlin chef Vadim Otto Ursus. After some pre-dinner relaxation time back at The George roof top or in the luxurious spa complex, the evening will unfold into a gastronomic night-time affair. A curated dinner by otto will feature local ingredients and otto’s signature style: down-to-earth share plates with hearty flavors and personality. Smooth and worldly sounds by music collective RIAA will backdrop this special event, and for those who don't want the fun to end, a nightcap or three will beckon at Bar DaCaio. Please note, this experience will be held mostly in German.

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Edition 2—A gastronomic adventure in Cologne with Qvest Hotel and a secret guest chef

A Culinary Quest, Edition 2 includes an overnight stay at one of our unforgettable properties: Qvest Hotel. Full programming soon to be revealed. Stay tuned.

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Edition 3—A gastronomic adventure in Berlin with Wilmina Hotel and a secret guest chef

A Culinary Quest, Edition 3 includes an overnight stay at one of Berlin’s quintessentially historic venues: Wilmina Hotel. Full programming soon to be revealed. Stay tuned.