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Moses Ceylan
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Two star Michelin chef Moses Ceylan
BornMoses Ceylan
(1980-01-11) 11 January 1980 (age 42)
Füssen, Germany
🏫 EducationApprenticeship
💼 Occupation

Moses Ceylan, (born January 11, 1980 in Füssen Germany) is a German chef. He is currently head chef at Einstein Gourmet in St. Gallen, Switzerland, which has two Michelin stars and 18 Gault & Millau points.[1]

In 2018, Ceylan and Sebastian Zier, with whom he shares executive chef responsibilities at Einstein Gourmet, were recognized as newcomers of the year in Switzerland by Gault & Millau. [1]

Their cuisine has been described in the Michelin Guide as “expertly crafted dishes, which are refined and inspired.[2]

Before joining Zier at Einstein Gourmet in 2015, Ceylan’s spent more than a decade training at a succession of Michelin-starred restaurants, including: Amador (Mannheim, Germany) and noma (Copenhagen), and learning from chefs such as Christian Jürgens, Joachim Wissler, Sven Elverfeld and René Redzepi. Of Aramaic descent, Ceylan is known for incorporating Arabic, Turkish and Lebanese elements into his cuisine.[3]

Early Life[edit]

Ceylan was born on January 11th, 1980 in Füssen, Germany. Both of his parents are of Aramaic descent.


Ceylan began his culinary training at Hotel Geiger in Hopfen, Germany, followed by butcher training in Rosshaupten, Germany. After two years, he returned to restaurants and began working in a succession of progressively senior positions at some of the most prestigious gourmet establishments in Germany and Austria. Among these are:

  • Amador - Mannheim
  • Am Marstall - Munich
  • Aqua - Ritz Carlton Wolfsburg - Wolfsburg
  • GästeHaus Klaus Erfort - Saarbrücken
  • Ikarus Hangar 7 - Salzburg
  • Kastell - Wernberg-Köblitz
  • Seehotel Überfahrt - Tegernsee
  • Vendome - Bergisch-Gladbach
  • In addition, Ceylan completed an internship at noma in Denmark.

In total, Ceylan has worked at more than ten Michelin-starred restaurants–including five three-starred establishments–during his ascent from Commis de Cuisine to Head Chef.[4] Ceylan was Chef de Cuisine at Restaurant Amador in Mannheim under Juan Amador when it was awarded its third Michelin star. [5]

Other chefs under whom Ceylan has trained include[6]:

  • Sven Elverfeld (Aqua)
  • Klaus Erfort (GästeHaus Klaus Erfort)
  • René Redzepi (Noma)
  • Christian Jürgens (Seehotel Überfahrt)
  • Joachim Wissler (Restaurant Vendôme)

In addition to working beside them in the kitchen, Ceylan has worked on several cookbooks with his culinary mentors:

"Tapas - Das Kochbuch" by Juan Amador
"Phantasie & Perfektion" by Christian Jürgens
“Aqua - Das Kochbuch" by Sven Elverfeld.

Einstein Gourmet[edit]

Sebastian Zier left the two-star Michelin Restaurant La Mer at the A-ROSA Sylt resort in 2015 to assume the executive chef position at the Einstein Gourmet restaurant, which is located inside the Hotel Einstein St. Gallen, a boutique hotel and conference center in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Shortly after he began, an employee recommended that Zier consider hiring Ceylan, whom Zier had met in 2013 and who had recently left Amador.[7]

Ceylan relocated to St. Gallen in mid-2015. It quickly became apparent that the two experienced chefs could produce memorable dining experiences together; within two months, Zier and Ceylan decided to pursue a path that is rare in the culinary industry– joint leadership of a gourmet restaurant. The cuisine they created reflects their collective tinkering, which combines Zier’s traditional, classic, French sensibilities and Ceylan’s Arabic, Turkish and Lebanese imagination.[8]

During their first year collaborating, Zier as executive chef and Ceylan as head chef, Einstein Gourmet was awarded 17 Gault & Millau points.[9] Its first Michelin Star followed in 2017. In 2018, Einstein Gourmet was awarded a second Michelin star. “Chefs Sebastian Zier and Moses Ceylan, both from Germany, serve a creative cuisine that is full of flavour in a sophisticated setting overlooking the city.” [10]

Ceylan and Zier shared the Gault & Millau Guide’s 2019 Newcomer of the Year award with Walter Klose, head chef at Zum Gupf.[6]In addition to this recognition, the 2019 Gault & Millau Guide increased the restaurant's point total to 18.

Sebastian Zier and Moses Ceylan head up this Michelin-starred restaurant, elevating French cuisine with outstanding ingredients, originality and presentation panache.” - Lonely Planet[11]

Classic French cooking meets an oriental influence. Masterminded by the duo Sebastian Zier and Moses Ceylan are exquisite dishes such as black sepia tagliatelle with scallops, crustacean nage and artichoke, raw milk cheese and beetroot with egoma, buckwheat ice cream and raspberry.“ - Luxury Escapes[12]

An appealing, fresh interior and cuisine to match. The food, based on excellent ingredients and beautifully presented, is ambitious, sophisticated and fully flavoured.” - Michelin Guide[13]

Awards and Accolades[edit]

  • 2016: 17 points in Gault & Millau Guide 2017
  • 2017: Michelin Guide – one star
  • 2018: Michelin Guide – two stars
  • 2018: 18 points in Gault & Millau Guide 2018
  • 2018: Newcomers of the Year for 2019. GaultMillau Guide 2019 (Moses Ceylan and Sebastian Zier)
  • 2018: Newcomers of the Year for 2019. ARAL Schlemmer-Atlas. (Moses Ceylan and Sebastian Zier)[14]
  • 2017-2018: Appearances as presenting chefs at The Rheingau Gourmet and Wine Festival (Moses Ceylan and Sebastian Zier)[15]


In February 2014, Ceylan was selected as creative manager of the German team that participated in the 2014 Bocuse d'Or competition. He returned to the competition in 2016 as a coach to assist Einstein Gourmet Pastry Chef Kevin Micheli who represented Austria at Bocuse d'Or 2016. [16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Schwarz, Lars Peter (June 29, 2018). "Moses Ceylan!" (in Deutsch). Fussen Aktuel. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. "Einstein Gourmet Listing". 2018 Michelin Guide. November 1, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  3. App, Rolf (June 21, 2018). "Diese Wei Köche Verhalfen Dem «einstein» In St.Gallen Zum Zweiten Michelin-stern = These Two Chefs Helped The "Einstein" In St.Gallen To Become The Second Michelin Star" (in Deutsch). Tagblatt. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  4. Schwarz, Lars Peter (June 29, 2018). "Moses Ceylan!" (in Deutsch). Fussen Aktuel. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  5. "2014 European Top 100 Restaurants". Opinionated About Dining. March 1, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Schnapp, David (October 4, 2018). "Aufsteiger des Jahres: Klose, Ceylan & Zier = Newcomers of the Year: Klose, Ceylan & Zier" (in Deutsch). 2019 Gault & Millau Guide. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  7. "Moses Ceylan und Sebastian Zier – Doppelt hält besser = Moses Ceylan and Sebastian Zier - Double Holds Better" (in Deutsch). Nestle Professional. November 25, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  8. App, Rolf (June 21, 2018). "Diese Wei Köche Verhalfen Dem «einstein» In St.Gallen Zum Zweiten Michelin-stern = These Two Chefs Helped The "Einstein" In St.Gallen To Become The Second Michelin Star" (in Deutsch). Tagblatt. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  9. Kohler, Sarah (September 21, 2017). "Blindes Verständnis = Blind Understanding" (in Deutsch). Salz & Pfeffer. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  10. "118 Michelin Starred Restaurants Confirms the Vitality of Swiss Gastronomy". Michelin Guide Switzerland 2018. September 19, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  11. "Einstein Gourmet Review". Lonely Planet. June 1, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  12. "Travel Guide: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay and Play in Switzerland". Luxury Escapes. May 16, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  13. "Einstein Gourmet Listing". 2018 Michelin Guide. November 1, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  14. "2019 Aufsteiger des Jahres: Moses Ceylan & Sebastian Zier = 2019 Newcomer of the Year: Moses Ceylan & Sebastian Zier" (in Deutsch). Schlemmer Atlas. October 1, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  15. ", "Presenting Chefs - The Rheingau Gourmet & Wine Festival"
  16. Cole, Holly. (April 20, 2016). "Bocuse D'or Europe Is Coming". Fine Dining Lovers. Retrieved November 12, 2018.

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