Bernhard Gotz was born and raised in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts and Hotel Management in 1972 from the Hotel Fachschule Villingen, in Germany, then went on to apprentice at the Gasthaus Adler in Germany and then moved to work at the Hog Penny Pup in Hamilton, Bermuda.
In 1980, he joined the Sheraton Hotel chain working his way up the kitchen ladder to executive chef. In 1987 he arrived at the Sheraton New Orleans as executive chef, and five years later in 1992, the Great Chefs team showed up to tape him there for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs, the Louisiana New Garde television series (episodes # 4, 17, & 23).
In 2004, he joined the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City as executive chef, and remains there today, in 2016.