Neu-Isenburg, 2 January 2024 - Björn Juhnke is now in charge of the kitchen at the Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt. For the Hamburg-born chef, the five-star resort is already the fourth Kempinski Hotel in his gastronomic career. At the Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt, it is above all the diversity of the restaurant landscape that appeals to him: "The different orientations of the restaurants make the position of head chef very attractive; this opens up many opportunities to be creative," says Björn Juhnke. "Together with my team, I want to fulfil the high expectations of our guests." Juhnke is self-employed and has cooked up a green Michelin star with his restaurant Haco in Hamburg.
The 44-year-old has been in the catering industry since 1996. He completed his training as a chef at the five-star Hotel Neptun in Warnemünde. His first point of contact with the Kempinski world was the Kempinski Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, after which he moved to the Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski in St. Moritz. After working in England, including at the Intercontinental London Park Lane and with British chef Gordon Ramsay in London, he travelled to Prague with the celebrity chef. There he worked as Executive Sous-Chef at his restaurant Maze. In 2011, he added a third Kempinski hotel to his CV, the Grand Hotel River Park in Bratislava, where he was employed as Executive Chef until 2015. In 2017, Juhnke opened his own restaurant, Haco in Hamburg. He was awarded the green Michelin star for the small, sustainable restaurant in the St. Pauli district. This was followed by a vegetarian-vegan pop-up restaurant in Hamburg with products from organic farms in Hamburg and a branch on the island of Rügen.
"In addition to a lot of international experience, both in the five-star segment of the hotel industry and in Michelin-starred restaurants, the years of self-employment were the most formative for me," explains Björn Juhnke. "During this time, I was able to develop a completely different perspective on the catering industry. Now it's time to pool my experience and contribute it here in Frankfurt. We will be launching new gastronomic projects in 2024."
About Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt:
The charm of a country villa, the atmosphere of a natural oasis, international and regional cuisine, a diverse range of wellness and sports offerings – Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt offers an ideal combination of services, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing stay. The five-star urban-retreat resort is located just outside Frankfurt, in a 15-hectare park along the hotel’s private lake – a comfortable alternative to the big city. 225 rooms, including 37 suites, in different categories reflect the hotel’s rustic charm, with the convenience of modern amenities. Four different restaurants and the 2,000 sq m Country Club & Spa with a generous outdoor area are also included in the extensive services the hotel offers.
About Kempinski Hotels:
Founded in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is the oldest luxury hotel group in Europe. The traditional company offers its guests first-class hospitality and personal service around the world, along with the exclusivity and individuality of each specific hotel. Kempinski operates 81 five-star hotels and residences in 35 countries, and is currently developing more than 26 prize-winning projects worldwide. Each individual hotel reflects the strengths and success of the Kempinski brand, without losing sight of tradition; each one meets the standard of quality guests expect, while respecting the unique cultural characteristics of the destination. In addition, Kempinski is also a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest network of independent hotel brands.
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