Ernst Konrad was born in Graz, Austria, where his family family owned a restaurant and his father was a butcher. After apprenticing in Graz, he began his career as saucier at the Berlin Hilton in Germany. Hilton moved him around as he worked his way up the ladder, first as banquet chef at the Tel Aviv Hilton, where he learned how to prepare Kosher food (and also where he met his wife), then as executive sous chef at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hilton in 1977, followed by the New York Vista, a new Hilton property.
In 1981, Hilton moved him to the Kansas City Vista as executive chef, and in 1985 Hilton bought the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis and again, appointed him the executive chef. Ten years later, Chef Ernst decided to try his hand at owning and operating his own restaurant, and opened Konrad’s Bistro on the outskirts of Minneapolis. In 1995, the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape him for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs – Great Cities series.
In 2004, Chef Konrad sold his restaurant.