Tim Raue used to think that people were old at 50. Now the five will soon come first for him too, from March 31st to be precise. Despite wrinkles, a receding hairline and a few gray hairs, the star chef “definitely doesn’t feel as old as he thought,” he told the German Press Agency on the occasion of his milestone anniversary. But he won’t celebrate his birthday – “like every year”.

In interviews, the chef at the Michelin-starred “Restaurant Tim Raue” in Berlin has always explained how restless and driven he has been in life. The memory of the misery of his childhood in Berlin-Kreuzberg, which he would later fight against with every plate, has given way to greater calm. The existential fear has dissipated, he said. “I still have an enormous drive to achieve, but the last few years have been very good for me professionally.”

Now the diagnosed hypersensitive Raue travels around the world with pillows and yoga gear and forgoes appointments on the days when he arrives somewhere. He travels a lot during the year, partly because of his show “Herr Raue Travels” on Magenta TV.

Numerous projects

He does so much that it’s difficult to keep up with everything: It was recently announced that Raue will take over the restaurant in the Berlin TV Tower in spring 2025. He currently also has a show on Sat.1 (“The Taste”), and he will soon be seen on Amazon with “Star Kitchen” – but the start date of the show is still unclear. He was the only German to make it into the Netflix series “Chef’s Table”. The Michelin Guide writes about the culinary grandmaster: “The Berlin native has his very own style, which is certainly unique in Germany.”

This style is lived out in the Munich, Konstanz and Berlin brasseries Colette and also in the Berlin “Restaurant Tim Raue”, which he founded with his then wife Marie-Anne Wild and is still run by her today. Today Raue is married to Katharina Wolschner – the editor-in-chief of “Rolling Pin Magazine”, which is about the catering and hotel industry.

Sometimes he lets us take a deep look into his private life. “I know exactly what I’m saying and have no interest in being snooped on. My conscious openness means I avoid any curiosity or speculation about my life.”

That was probably also the motivation for his biography “I know what hunger is”, which was published by Callwey Verlag in 2022. “I wouldn’t wish my childhood on anyone,” he writes at the very beginning, and also speaks openly in interviews about the violence of his father and his single mother as well as his youth in a Berlin gang. He describes himself as an “asshole” when he was a young boss and yelled at his employees. Today, in addition to all his business, it is also important to him to give something back, for example with his club, which supports young people in Kreuzberg.