A TEAM WITH STAR POTENTIAL
In 2008, VLET owner and managing director Hans-Christoph Klaiber opened the first gourmet restaurant in Hamburg’s historic warehouse district. His team has been producing exquisite, innovative, modern Hamburg dishes ever since.
Chef de cuisine Knut Keppler directs operations at the ranges in the kitchen. He embarked upon his career as a chef at the Marriott Hotel in Hamburg, before setting off around the world. His first stop was the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel in London. After returning to Hamburg in 2008, he was introduced to former VLET Chef de Cuisine Thomas Sampl at the Park Hyatt Hotel. It was he who first stimulated his passion for high-quality, regional cuisine. In 2010 Wunderlich departed for the other side of the world, working “Down Under” as Chef de Partie and then Sous Chef in one of southern Australia’s finest restaurants, The Manse Restaurant in Adelaide. Two years later, his best friend Lars Möller (Chef de Cuisine at the VLET Culinary School), brought him back to work as Junior Sous Chef alongside Thomas Sampl at the Restaurant VLET. In cooperation with his team, Knut Keppler sets out to put his passion for high-end regional cooking into practice, aiming to raise his guests’ awareness of what they are eating and of the origin of the products.
Your host at the VLET in der Speicherstadt is Florian Langer. Having completed his training in “La Trattoria” in Lüneburg, he moved to the luxury, five-star “Hotel de Rome” in Berlin for two years. Other formative positions followed, including a stint as Chef de Rang at the renowned “Waldorf Astoria”, and another as deputy restaurant manager at the “Se7en Oceans” star restaurant in Hamburg. He has been restaurant manager and a specialist for high-end wines at the Restaurant VLET in der Speicherstadt since August 2016.
His deputy restaurant manager is Katharina Wild. She completed her training in hotel management at the “Maritim Hotel” in Nuremberg, before working for several years as Demi Chef de Rang and Chef de Rang at the gourmet restaurant in the luxury 5-star hotel “Schloss Elmau”. After this formative period, she was able to gain valuable experience as a beverages stewardess on the “MS Europa”.
The kitchen and restaurant management are backed up by a highly committed team, who will do everything they can to make your visit into an unforgettable experience.