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interview • February 21st, 2022

Interview with Daniel Schmidthaler


Daniel Schmidthaler is chef at restaurant Klassenzimmer of hotel Alte Schule Fürstenhagen. He developed his cooking skills in Upper Austria, after which he worked at restaurants across Europe. In Mallorca, he worked at restaurants Tristan and Formula 1, and in Germany he joined the kitchen teams at Quadriga and Kutscherhaus. He met his wife at restaurant Kutscherhaus. Together, they decided to open their own hotel and restaurant in Fürstenhagen: the Klazzenzimmer. It didn’t take long until Daniel’s exquisite regional cuisine was awarded a Michelin star. We asked the chef some questions about his culinary inspiration, his favourite dish, and much more.

My cooking style is regional and pure.

Daniel Schmidthaler


What's your favourite dish to make?

I love the variety in my culinary work, therefore I do not have a favourite dish.

What is your favourite ingredient to work with?

I enjoy working with vegetables and offal, as you need more cooking skills to be able to work with them.

Who is one of your top suppliers or producers?

My top supplier is Thomas Steger of Good Heinrich, because he supplies us with great herbs that make every dish special.

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

My biggest career challenge has been to find good employees here in no man's land.

Which gastronomic trend are you excited about the most?

Trends come and go. This is why I'm happy with consistency.

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

Butter bread with chives and salt.

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

Guests should enjoy the beautiful nature in our area.

Thank you, Daniel.

Book your table at Alte Schule Fürstenhagen

Taste chef Daniel Schmidthaler’s regional cuisine for yourself at restaurant Klassenzimmer at Alte Schule Fürstenhagen in Feldberger Seenlandschaft, Germany. You can make your lunch or dinner reservation through our website.

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