Auerbach in the Upper Palatinate could hardly be a more cosy little town: It’s protectively framed by the Franconian Switzerland nature reserve and the Veldenstein forest. In the enchanting Old Town three historical defence towers watch over the almost 9,000 inhabitants and simple inns are the main feature on the culinary scene. You might think that the big, wide world plays no role here. But appearances are deceiving: Auerbach has a permanent place on gourmets’ world maps. Opposite the Gothic town hall is the Michelin-star-winning restaurant “SoulFood”.