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interview • February 1st, 2022

Interview with Alexander Ruhland


Alexander Ruhland is chef at restaurant Löwen. He knew he wanted to work in the kitchen at a young age and pursued it with dedication. After his culinary studies, Alexander trained under chef Christian Henze in Probstried and received an award for his outstanding skills.  After this, Alexander joined several kitchens throughout the country, including restaurant Tantris, Schloss Lautrach, and restaurant Ederer. In 2011 Alexander took over the management of the family establishment restaurant Löwen from his mother Pia. We asked the chef some questions about his culinary inspiration, his favourite dish, and much more.

Alexander, how would you describe your cooking style?

I combine regional German cuisine with international and classic French influences to create my cooking style. 

What's your favourite dish to make?

I enjoy making lemongrass coconut curry foam soup with sugar snap peas and shrimp. I’m interested in Asian cuisine and I often interpret it in a new and creative way, with regional and seasonal products.

What is your favourite ingredient to work with?

I like working with fresh herbs. They come from my own garden.

I happily distract myself by working in the herb garden, it’s where I find creativity and peace.

Alexander Ruhland


Who is one of your top suppliers or producers?

One of my top suppliers is Günztal Weiderind, a high-quality meat supplier. They are sustainable and from the region.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your culinary career?

My biggest career challenge was to cook at restaurant Tantris in Munich with chef Hans Haas.

Which gastronomic trend are you excited about the most?

The "from the nose to the tail" trend: to process every part of an animal.

If you could only eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Spaetzle with sauce.

What’s one thing in the area that your guests absolutely need to see or do?

I would recommend visiting the historic Ulm Minster, the highest church tower in the world.

Thank you, Alexander.

Book your table at restaurant Löwen

Try chef Alexander Ruhland’s classic German cuisine for yourself at restaurant Löwen in Oberopfingen, Germany. You can make your lunch or dinner reservation through our website, for an unforgettable culinary experience.