Michelin star Guest chef

Unique culinary experience
at Kempinski Palace Portoroz
Michelin star Guest chef

Participate in the Guest Chef events, a series of culinary events organised by Kempinski Palace Portorož, where each summer, a number of internationally recognised chefs take over the kitchen of the Restaurant Sophia and blow everybody away with their specialities.

Savour the taste of the delicious dishes prepared by legendary chefs in the unique environment of our historic Restaurant Sophia. For the fifth year of the events, again four exceptional individuals with spectacular cooking skills and a unique cooking philosophy are coming to Kempinski Palace Portorož.

Each and every event will be unique and special in its own way and, most importantly, superb in culinary tastes. The hotel’s executive chef, German national Daniel Pause, will give control of the kitchen of restaurant Sophia to the Guest Chef for a night. The menu prepared will be unique and unforgettable. The cost of a culinary evening is EUR 89 (excluding beverages) for five courses of mouth-watering gastronomic delights.

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Matthias Schmidberger

Matthias Schmidberger

Matthias Schmidberger, 27 May 2018

Immerse in the gastronomic journey of the young, enthusiastic and strongly passionate Chef Matthias Schmidberger, Executive Chef at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St. Moritz, who is driven by the motto “Who stops getting better has stopped being good.

In collaboration with his team, he cooked up the first star of the highly esteemed Michelin Guide 2012.

Texture, consistency and flavour of first-class products are at the forefront of his skilled cooking techniques.

When asked for the reason behind his career choice, he answers:
"What is a better profession than one that appeals so intensely to all five senses and one that refines them daily with new experiences and tastes,"

Join us on the 27 May 2018 for an unforgettable evening with Chef Matthias! Take a look at the mouthwatering menu here.

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Ulrich Heimann, 2 September 2018

Executive chef Heimann, who has been a recipient of the prestigious Michelin star for 12 consecutive years, leads the renowned French restaurant Le Ciel in the prestigious German hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden.

Le Ciel (translated as “the sky”) conveys the desire to lead its guests to the highest culinary pleasures. The Michelin-star Heimann focuses on the finest French delicacies in his very own interpretation. Ulrich loves to experiment with the various tastes and ingredients of local and seasonal origin, which he presents in a cosmopolitan way. For the presentation and preparation of his dishes, he draws his inspiration from his favourite hobbies: hiking and international trips. His affection and respect for nature is reflected in his precise choice of final ingredients and his delicate manner of preparing the specialities.

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Ulrich Heimann

Henrik Yde Andersen, 25 and 26 August 2018

The Danish chef experienced a gastronomical epiphany during his first holiday in Thailand. This led him to spend five years mastering the Thai cuisine, before returning to Denmark.

After returning to Copenhagen, he opened the first contemporary Thai restaurant, Kiin Kiin (Thai for “let’s eat”), one of two international Thai restaurants, to earn a Michelin star. His trademark touch can also be seen in the Bangkok restaurant Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, at our sister property, Siam Kempinski Bangkok.
Known as the culinary wizard, he employs cooking techniques that reflect the “Kiin Kiin” ethos: beautifully presented dishes that express authentic Thai flavours, which are enhanced by a modern twist and are accompanied by a magical performance and showmanship.

When asked what brought him behind the kitchen counter, he answers:
»At 14 I was a very fashion-conscious teenager, but my mother didn’t want to buy me the jeans I wanted, so I went to a local restaurant and asked for a job. I had no interest in cooking but I liked the atmosphere and decided to take an apprenticeship at a famous hotel. After two weeks I was fired and the head chef told me I would never make it in the restaurant business, so the moral of the story is to never give up!«

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