Tobias Beck

Tobias Beck

Earlier in April, we invited to cook at Planque chef Tobias Beck, of Berlin’s food collective and restaurant Ember.

Originally from Germany, Tobias has spent time cooking at some of the most innovative kitchens around the world. It was while working alongside chef Francis Mallmann, a master in the art of cooking over a fire, that Tobias had the idea to come back to Berlin and start Ember.

What sets Ember apart, alongside seasonal menus cooked exclusively on open fire kitchens, are the locations chosen for their dinners. From former electrical stations to old church yards and lakes, these unusual backdrops allow strangers to meet and enjoy memorable conversations around a large communal table.

After the event we sat to talk with Tobias to learn more about his approach to drinking wine and some of his favourite bottles.

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1. You're handed a wine list, what do you do?

I’m usually overwhelmed and rather chat to the sommelier.

2. How do you know the wine you're drinking is good?

If it makes me pause the dinner discussion.

3. What is something fascinating you’ve been told over lunch?

The life story of a German grandmother towards a bowl of soup I was having.

4. In whose company do you most enjoy drinking wine?


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5. Can you describe your ideal combination of wine, music, and setting?

No clear focus on neither of those elements, but a perfect melange.

6. What sort of food would you add to the equation?

Comforting, easy to understand and exciting dishes

7. What is the most memorable bottle of wine you’ve drank?

Jean Marc Brignot, Trésor d’Aiglepierre 2005

8. Where did you drink it?

We opened it for special guests at my time at Ernst in Berlin and shared it with the team.

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9. Is there a characteristic you look for in a wine and in a friend?


10. What is your approach to drinking?

Rarely drinking on my own, I enjoy the social aspect and sharing enjoyment with beloved ones

11. Do you apply this approach in other aspects of life?

Love sharing exciting moments with friends

12. What shall we open next?

Planque in Berlin

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