Alfred Kaiser was born in Austria in 1951, and after schooling, from 1970 and 1971, he apprenticed in Graz, Bad Gleichenberg and the Hotel Brau in Lofer. In 1972 he did his two years of Military Service, and then joined the SS Rotterdam Cruise ship for a year. In 1974 he began climbing the culinary ladder starting at the Restaurant Ewige Lampe in Munich, to saucier at the Hotel Post in Berchtesgaden, then the Hotel Imperial in Vienna. In 1985 he became the chef de cuisine at the D' Rachkuchl, also in Vienna.
In 1990 he joined Zum Schwarzen Kameel as executive chef, and in 1998, the television crew of Great Chefs showed up to tape him for their Great Chefs of Austria series for ORF TV and for the Discovery Channel's Great Chefs of the World.