/ Mannheim / Niemcy
Juan Amador, whose restaurant "Amador" is located near Frankfurt, was considered a surprising choice in the Michelin guide. The Spanish-born chef adheres to what's known as "molecular cuisine," having developed his style based on the work of his avant-garde countrymen Ferran Adria and other molecular cooks like Britain's Heston Blumenthal. The experimental school often makes use of gels and thickening agents from and can include dishes in the form of lollipops or items that burst in your mouth, for example. Gourmandes who enjoy the likes of El Bulli, Fat Duck or Gilt will do well to experience Amador.