Hello, my name is Per and I love to tell stories about food.
This website is dedicated to the very best restaurants in Berlin and to the people who are serious about great food and extraordinary dining experiences in this city. I have been eating my way through Berlin for the last decade and I started Berlin Food Stories in 2012 resolute in my aim of becoming the most reliable and independent source of information about eating out in this city.
Berlin is a very special food destination, its culinary history is incredibly complex and whilst there a lot of great restaurants, there are even more terrible ones. Berlin Food Stories will lead you to all the best eats whilst providing a no bullshit, fun and 100% independent guide through which you can navigate my hometown’s culinary jungle and learn about the stories of the people behind these places. Think of it as an alternative to the TripAdvisors and Yelps of the world: a one-stop expert guide with detailed reviews based on passionate work and never on sponsored meals.
I have a strict policy where I visit all restaurants unannounced, anonymously and on multiple occasions, and I always pay for my own meals before I write an article. This ethos is the lifeblood of what I do and it makes my recommendations as reliable and trustworthy as you’re likely to get. On the rare occasions where I’m unable to pay for my meal (I’ve been known to slip money under napkins and tips under plated but sometimes it just doesn’t work out), I will always disclaim that at the bottom of an article. Once I’ve decided I truly love a place, I will often interview the owners and chefs before I write an article, this is so I can convey their story as accurately as possible. It’s worth noting that I also don’t attend restaurant openings and that I rarely visit restaurant PR events. The only way restaurants can pay on the blog is to purchase premium job listings.
These days, I earn my living as a freelance journalist as well as running food tours and working as an event and conference organiser. As a result I’m not as anonymous as I once was and from time-to-time chefs and managers will either know me personally or recognise me. This fact doesn’t disrupt my core principles though, I work hard to remain an objective and positive voice when writing about quality restaurants and food projects and if a place doesn’t meet my standards, I will tell the story straight. At the end of the day, you’re here for my honesty, not my loyalty, so I’m happy to be open and transparent about every aspect of what I do.
Berlin Food Stories doesn’t differentiate between Michelin stars and a hole-in-the-wall joint because an awesome meal always comes down to the same core things: great ingredients, skilled cooking and an extraordinary dining experience that puts a smile on your face and makes you want to tell people about it. That’s exactly what I do.
I’m very passionate about developing Berlin as a gastronomic destination, that’s also why I’m co-organising fantastic food events such as Kebabistan and Terroir Berlin and I’m always open to supporting similar projects.
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Berlin Food Stories is a part of Finest Food Stories, my global food magazine that goes beyond Berlin to tell the stories of the greatest food experiences around the world. Also check our sister site Stockholm Food Stories.
For enquiries about collaborations, new restaurants, events and any other messages, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out my most recent articles and features on my online portfolio.