The Pannonian Purveyor receives grand accolade from colleagues and peers. Austrian Chef of The Year 2018 goes to Burgenland.



Monday April 10th, French-born Purveyor of Pannonian Cuisine Alain Weissberger of Taubenkobel in Burgenland was celebrated as “Chef des Jahres” (Chef of the Year 2018) in Austria.

The accolade was awarded to Alain Weissgerner by more than 9300 employees of the Austrian gastronomy and hotel industry that had followed the call of the international German-speaking gastronomy magazine ROLLING PIN and nominated their favourites.

This grand award is the current culmination of a range of national AND international recognitions and attention that has rained over Taubenkobel during the recent years, and a cherished award for the Central-European culinary oasis situated in the wine region of Burgenland a bit south of Vienna, close to the Hungarian boarder.

Alain Weissgerber elaborates:

“We feel blessed that many choose to visit and likes our little place at the Burgenland countryside and the recognition we receive. This one (Austrian Chef of the Year) especially as it’s colleagues and peers who has pointed at me. I’m humbled, proud and thankful.”

But the Rolling Pin Award isn’t new to Taubenkobel as Alain’s wife, the sparkling hostess and co-owner Barbara Eselböck last year took home the honourable title of “Maître des Jahres” (Maìtre of the Year) in Austria too.

Once the cheapest house of all Burgenland, Taubenkobel now boasts 12 luxurious unique guest rooms, an exquisite restaurant and the more casual “Greisslerei” next door, beautiful gardens and a small lake, transformed to be used as a natural swimming pool.

Burgenland power couple Alain Weissgerber and Barbara Eselböck.


Opened 34 years ago by Barbara’s parents Walter and Eveline Eselböck, the place has grown and developed with the family, each generation bringing a new lease of life into what was simply a one room restaurant and kitchen. You feel how the family has built every stone themselves ever since.

Widely acclaimed amongst culinary opinion makers, the restaurant at Taubenkobel was awarded with two Michelin stars up until the guide in 2010 stopped rating in Austria outside Vienna and Salzburg, and overnight stripped the Austrian countryside of some 30 Michelin stars.

Taubenkobel is rated 18/20 by Gault and Millau, a very high rating, with the highest possible score of 20 having only ever been given twice in the guide’s fifty years. Add to this accolade 5* in A la Carte as well as 96 points of 100 in Falstaff – two of the German-speaking countries most respected culinary publications.

Taubenkobel was previously picked as one of “16 Cool Places to Eat” by Forbes and is furthermore featured in ‘Michelin Stars – Tales from the kitchen’ – the grand documentary on Guide Michelin that is shown at fim festivals and cinemas throughout the world these years.

The last Pannonian Cowboy.

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Hungry for more? See Barbara Eselböck became Maître d’ of the Year.