All SALON winners and SALON selected wines were honored and given culinary accompaniment by the South Tyrolean star chef, Norbert Niederkofler, at the SALON gala dinner on June 24th in the Palais Coburg in Vienna.
"Cook the Mountain" by star cook Norbert Niederkofler
at the SALON gala dinner
On June 24th, all SALON winners and SALON nominees were awarded and honored during a gala dinner in the elegant Prunksaal of Palais Coburg in Vienna.
The culinary side of the event - which is traditionally handled by a star chef with a special love for Austrian wine
- featured Norbert Niederkofler
, the South Tyrolean talent from the restaurant St.Hubertus in the Hotel Rosa Alpina (19 Gault Millau points and 2 Michelin stars).
Early in life, Norbert Niederkofler
already knew: "I want to be a cook!
also wanted to see the world.
And it was just a matter of time for the South Tyrol (Südtirol) native to accomplish both - it did not take very long for him to enter the circle of the best international top chefs.
After apprenticing in Germany, Switzerland, the USA and Austria, he
then learned in Germany with Jörg Müller, Eckart Witzigmann and, back in Italy, with Nadia Santini.
Since 1994, Norbert Niederkofler
has been working in the Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina, where he
also opened the restaurant St. Hubertus in 1996.
From the beginning, he
developed a preference for using local quality ingredients for his
In fact, his
new project, "Cook the Mountain", is a kind of research workshop with the theme "gastronomy in the mountains".
With this, he connects chefs, farmers, breeders, alpinists, naturalists, sociologists and entrepreneurs from all mountain regions of the world in order to ultimately bring mountain cooking and the mountain culture closer to the public.
"My profession is my hobby and my life philosophy," says the modest Norbert Niederkofler
Hotel Rosa Alpina - Norbert Niederkofler