In 2020 Ilka competed in Germany’s Final which she won. However, as lockdown cancelled the International Competition, understandably this was a disappointment. Therefore she was given the promise to participate in 2021 instead. Since 2019 Ilke has been at Traube Tonbach in the Black Forest initially as a Chef de Rang and now as a Sommelier. Prior to this, following an apprenticeship at the Landgasthaus Almhof in the Bavarian town of Neumarkt, she has worked in Nürnberg, Berlin, Hamburg. In 2020 she was successful in her WSET Level 3 examination.