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A new head chef and a new concept for the Restaurant Villa Rothschild

A new head chef and a new concept for the Restaurant Villa Rothschild

Königstein im Taunus, 6.12.2016. Sebastian Prüßmann is to become the new head chef of the Restaurant Villa Rothschild. A revised dining concept that focuses on the conscious use of produce and combines paleo cuisine flavours with Ayurvedic accents will also offer sustainable cuisine of the highest standard. ‘Fine dining & health’ will in future be the credo for the restaurant which is housed in the five-star-superior Hotel Villa Rothschild Kempinski. A taste of things to come will already be on offer from January 2017. Sebastian Prüßmann will succeed Christian Eckhardt who after more than three years is leaving the Villa Rothschild.

The menus have been written and the dishes already tried and tested. Even when the official start for 36-year-old Prüßmann is not until April 2017, the former Rothschild family summer residence on Frankfurt’s doorstep is already seeing his ideas shape the new concept on two fronts.

“Cooking for the sheer enjoyment, offering diners in the restaurant a visual experience of the preparation, and following an entirely independent and sustainable approach that has the pleasures of healthy dining at its core,” is how the Leverkusen-born chef describes his new challenge. In a restaurant atmosphere that is strongly influenced by the restaurant manager and sommelier of the Villa Rothschild, Benjamin Birk, the service is knowledgeable yet relaxed. Bread and ham are sliced before the diners’ eyes, cheeses are fresh from the cheese-maker and wine lovers can look forward to a top quality cellar. A blackboard instead of the normal menu is used to communicate the dishes to the diners. The final preparation of each main course takes place at the table. Whether salt-crusted sea bass or loin-roasted organic veal chops, both the diners’ eyes and palates are catered for.

Healthy cooking is more than a trend – ‘Fine dining & health’ with the same level of flavour

A decade after it opened, the Restaurant Villa Rothschild is reinventing itself with a new concept in order to set pioneering standards in sustainable and healthy nutrition. As a sound addition to the culinary offer, there will be a permanent, health-inspired menu oriented towards paleo cuisine that is skilfully combined with Ayurvedic principles. “By repositioning our catering concept in the Restaurant Villa Rothschild to focus specifically on healthy dishes, we wish to become the first point of call for conscious gourmets in the Rhine-Main area,” stated hotel manager Steffen Eisermann. With its reorientation, the restaurant is reacting to the growing demand for healthy cuisine.

Christian Eckhardt, head chef until next March of the gourmet restaurant which currently holds two Michelin stars, is glad that everything could be coordinated well in advance. Eckhardt is leaving the Villa Rothschild in order to be closer, in both his personal and professional life, to his future wife, Sarah Henke, who is also a highly acclaimed chef. “I have always felt very comfortable in the Villa Rothschild and I still do now. We have always spoken openly and honestly with one another. I am pleased that my decision was received in the way it was and that the restaurant is in the best of hands with Sebastian Prüßmann and Benjamin Birk.”

Those inquisitive to discover the restaurant’s new flavours will not have to wait too long as dishes from the menu and the health-inspired offer will be presented from mid-January to the end of March in a pop-up restaurant in the Villa Rothschild Kempinski. In the coming days and until the end of the year, fans of Christian Eckhardt can also look forward to Eckhardt’s Essentials, an individual compilation of his most impressive dishes with some new interpretations.

Reservation inquiries may be submitted by email to, or by telephone by dialling +49 6174 2908-0.

About Sebastian Prüßmann
Sebastian Prüßmann is 36 years old, married and originally from Leverkusen in North Rhine-Westphalia. At the moment, he is the executive chef at the Althoff Hotel in Stuttgart. He is currently rated with one star by the Michelin Guide and has 16 points in the Gault Millau. Prüßmann’s cuisine and cooking style have been influenced by Dieter Müller and Nils Henkel from the Althoff Schlosshotel Lerbach in Bergisch Gladbach, where he held the post of head chef between 2010 and 2011. His first personal Michelin star was awarded to him while at the Villa Hammerschiede where he was head chef from 2011 to 2013. It was there that he worked together with Benjamin Birk, the current restaurant manager and sommelier at the Villa Rothschild. From April 2017, Sebastian Prüßmann will be the new head chef of the Restaurant Villa Rothschild. He will also be fully responsible for the cuisine in the hotel’s second restaurant – Tizian’s Brasserie – as well as for the culinary offer in the high-class meeting and exclusive wedding sectors at the smallest Kempinski hotel in the world.

About the Restaurant Villa Rothschild
The Restaurant Villa Rothschild is situated in the town of Königstein im Taunus close to the city of Frankfurt. Attached to the listed art nouveau villa that was built for the Rothschild family, restaurant-goers can look forward to dining in what is currently the highest ranked restaurant in the Rhine-Main region (2 Michelin stars, 18 Gault-Millau points, 3.5 Fs in the FEINSCHMECKER Restaurant Guide 2015/2016). In the elegant Restaurant Villa Rothschild, a pavilion bathed in natural light and surrounded by nature – extending in summer onto the Rothschild Terrace with its fascinating view of the Main lowlands – diners are welcomed by a sincere team of hosts who combine traditional values with modern service. The Restaurant Villa Rothschild is located in Königstein im Taunus, an approximate 25-minute drive from Frankfurt am Main.

About the hotel & event location of the Villa Rothschild Kempinski
Built between 1888 and 1894 for the banker Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild and referred to as the ‘Cradle of the Federal Republic’ since 1949, the hotel & event location of the Villa Rothschild Kempinski is also a unique 21st-century meeting place. In close proximity to Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt am Main, 22 luxurious rooms and suites, 4 historic banqueting rooms, Tizian’s Bar and the Villa Rothschild gourmet restaurant are available to hotel guests. The former summer residence of the Rothschild family is the smallest Kempinski hotel in the world and is available as an event location for exclusive rental. In 2010, it was awarded the title: “Place of Freedom and Democracy in Germany” by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation along with the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and the St. Nichols Church in Leipzig.


Restaurant Villa Rothschild
c/o Villa Rothschild Kempinski
Im Rothschildpark 1
61462 Königstein im Taunus
Tel. +49 6174 2908-0
Fax +49 6174 2908-888

For further press information
Dr. Broermann Hotels & Residences GmbH
Falkenstein Grand Kempinski | Villa Rothschild Kempinski
Lars Leyendecker
Director of Business Development & Communications
Debusweg 6–18
61462 Königstein im Taunus
Tel. +49 6174 909046
Fax +49 6174 909912

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