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Maria Great

Maria Great

Groß grew up in Straußfurt and, after graduating from high school, initially began studying philosophy and German language and literature in Leipzig and Berlin, but dropped out at the age of 25 to begin training as a chef in a gourmet restaurant in Berlin. She then worked in several positions in Switzerland before returning to Erfurt, close to her home, where she was the kitchen director of the Kaisersaal from 2013 to mid-2015, responsible for the gourmet restaurant CLARA, the Kaisersaal banquet kitchen and the medieval restaurant Lutherkeller, cooking up her first Michelin star in 2013 and thus becoming Germany's youngest female star chef. Together with her partner, she has been running the restaurant Bachstelze in the Bischleben district of Erfurt under her label MariaOstzone since 2015.