Nils Henkel began training to be a chef in 1986 at the Romantikhotel Voss-Haus in Eutin. He then continued his career in Hamburg, at the Raphael Hotel’s Le Jardin, as well as at Heinz Wehmann’s Landhaus Scherrer and at Il Ristorante. He then moved to the Münsterland as a sous-chef, where he worked at Pascal Levallois’s Valkenhof in Coesfeld, and at Averbeck’s Giebelhof in Senden.
The finishing touch, initially as a sous-chef, took Nils Henkel to the Dieter Müller restaurant at the Althoff Schlosshotel Lerbach from 1997. He took over the role of head chef from 2004, as well as filling in in Dieter Müller’s absence. In 2008, he became the sole head chef, and in 2010, the restaurant was completely redesigned and renamed: Restaurant Lerbach – it was the start of a new era. Nils Henkel and his kitchen and service team are leading the tradition-steeped establishment to gastronomic modernity. As of 1 January, the Althoff Group no longer runs the Schlosshotel Lerbach, and Nils Henkel will be taking on new challenges following a creative break.