Alain Weissgerber

Last night in Graz, Austria, the 50 Best Chef Awards was presented by the international German-written gastronomy magazine Rolling Pin during Chef Days, the largest food symposium in Austria, that besides having the cream of the Austrian layers cake present, also had the participance of culinary figures such as Virgilio Martinez of Central in Lima, Eneko Axta of Azurmendi in Larrabetzu and Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena.

Announced as 4th ranking in the of brigade of star chefs was French-born Purveyor of Pannonian Cuisine Alain Weissgerber of alluring Relais & Châteaux Taubenkobel situated in the wine region of Burgenland a bit south of Vienna, close to the boarder of Hungary.

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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.

Opened 33 years ago by Alain’s wife Barbara’s parents Walter and Eveline Eselböck, the place has quite literally 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.

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Widely acclaimed amongst culinary opinion makers, the restaurant at Taubenkobel was awarded with two Michelin stars up until the guide in 2009 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 93 points of 100 in Falstaff – two of the German-speaking countries most respected culinary publications.



1. Heinz Reitbauer, Steirereck, Vienna

2. Andreas Döllerer, Döllerer’s Genusswelten, Gollen

3. Martin Klein, Restaurant Ikarus, Hangar-7, Salzburg

4. Alain Weissgerber, Taubenkobel, Schützen am Gebirge

5. Silvio Nickol, Palais Coburg, Vienna

6. Philip Rachinger, Mühltalhof, Neufelden

7. Richard Rauch, Steira Wirt, Trautmannsdorf

8. Harald Irka, Saziani Stub’n, Straden

9. Thomas Dorfer, Landhaus Bacher, Mautern

10. Paul Vic, Tian, Vienna

View the full Austrian 50 Best Chef List here.



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Hungry for more? Then view this tantalizing video from Taubenkobel.

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