Heinz Winkler is a German-Italian chef who has earned fame for being the youngest chef in history to receive 3 Michelin stars, which he received in 1981, at the young age of 32. He has been executive chef and manager at Eckart Witzigmann’s “Tantris”. He also set up his own hotel, 'Residenz Heinz Winkler', which is located between Salzburgand Munich, and is built in a refurbished 15th century building.
Professional Life of Chef Heinz Winkler
Heinz Winkler was born on 17th July, 1949 in Brixen. He was the youngest among 11 siblings, and developed an interest in food and related products from his childhood years in the family farm. He gives credit to his training in this profession to his elder sister. Heinz Winkler did his training at Hotel Laurin in Bozen. After this, he spent many successful years of his career at reputed restaurants in Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy. In 1979 he was awarded his first Michelin star, and in 1981 he became the youngest 3 star chef. He opened his own hotel 'Residenz Heinz Winkler' in 1991, which is a refurbished building of the 15th century. Chef Heinz Winkler discovered the building on one of his travels from Munich to Salzburg. He is also the inventor of 'cuisine vitale' which is a combination of the concepts of delicious food and wellness.
Achievements of Chef Heinz Winkler
Heinz Winkler won three stars in the Michelin Guide, a total of 20 times (Years 1981 to 1990, 1993 to 1994 and 2000 to 2007), is the youngest chef to get 3 stars from Michelin Guide, which he first received at the age of 32.
He also received the Five Star Diamond Award for his Hotel Residenz Heinz Winkler from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences 9 times in the span of 1997 to 2005.
He won three caps in the Varta Leader 6 times, five suns in the 'Der Feinschmecker' magazine 7 times, and five cutleries at 'Aral Schlemmeratlas' 8 times.
Besides this, Heinz Winkler also received best chef award from various magazines, and restaurants for which he worked, thus bringing them to top restaurant lists.