I wanted to know since I was 10. I grew up in the hotel business, my family has owned Hotel Hirschen in Austria since 1592. (www.hotel-hirschen.com)
I worked in the kitchen, I’ve been in the kitchen ever since I was a kid.
What are your hobbies outside of the kitchen?
I like to exercise, especially running on the beach and mountain biking, I also like to spend time on the beach and read… mostly novels and cookbooks.
Everyone remembers their first encounter with burrata. What is yours?
My first encounter was… well I don’t know, I’ve always known burrata. But my most unique experience with burrata was when I went to the Bizzare by Jose Andres in LA. They were using the culinary act of sphirafication First they liquefied the burrata and then dipped it into a alginate bath that formed the burrat into a sphiere and giving it a gel membrane and inside was filled with the liquefied burrata. It was very impressive.
If you could make dinner for one person, who would it be?
I’d make dinner for Bob Marley… and perhaps with Wailers too.
My 3 favorite songs of his are: Three Little Birds, Buffalo Soldier and Natural Mystic. His music is all positive, love it.
What is your favorite dish to cook and why?
I like to switch it up and I like to “take a trip” on my menu –
For example, right now, I’m doing a menu trip to Spain we are featuring Spanish dishes such as Paella and Octopus. In the middle of June I’m planning a summer trip to the islands – it will be Hawaiian and Fiji inspired. I like to change things up and keep things interesting and do something different, use differnent flavors and do research.