Chef Biography

Günter Gaderbauer was born and raised in Austria, finished his schooling, and in 1976, he took the apprentice examinations in Munich, Germany for both Austria and Germany.   He then apprenticed from 1976-1979 at the Hotel Schaerdinger; in 1980, he was at Hotel Ingonda in Saalbach; 1981 at Hotel Krone in Lenzburg, Switzerland as demi garde-manger chef; and in 1982 at the Hotel Zur Tenne in Kitzbuhel as chef de tournant, and Hotel Schlob Fuschl in Salzburg as commis. In 1983-1984 he was the head chef at Restaurant Holzschoessel and demi saucier at Oesterrichischer Hof in Salzburg, then he went as rotissier at the Hotel Karwendelhof in Seefeld in 1985.  In 1986, he became the head chef at Hotel Sonnleiten in Saalbach, and in 1987 opened his own restaurant, Kuchlkastl, in Bad Ischl.

In the spring of 1989, an opportunity arose for Chef Günter to purchase the historic Villa Schratt in Bad Ischl, Austria.  The Villa was the summer home of Austria’s last Emperor, Franz Joseph I, during the years 1889 to 1916 before he was assassinated, which started World War I.

In May of 1989, Chef Gaderbauer closed his Restaurant Kuchlkastl and moved everything, including staff over to Villa Schratt Restaurant. Nine years, almost to the day, in May 1998 the television crew  for Great Chefs showed up to tape Chef Günter at his Villa Schratt for the Great Chefs of Austria series for Austrian ORF TV and for Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the World television series.


Venison in Sour Cream Dough with Elderberry Sauce

Serving: 4 to 6 Print Venison in Sour Cream Dough with Elderberry Sauce By Great Chefs October 19, 2015 Rich sour cream pastry and venison farce wrap a rosy venison fillet. Slices are served in a pool of elderberry sauce, a somewhat tart taste that is the perfect foil for the venison. Ingredients Sour Cream […]

Smoked Fish Tartare with Horseradish Sauce

Serving: 4-6 Print Smoked Fish Tartare with Horseradish Sauce By Great Chefs October 16, 2015 Fresh smoked trout prepared in this manner is a wonderful variation of tartare. Dill, lemon juice, and sour cream hold the mixture together. The sauce, made with sour cream, lemon juice, and horseradish, sparks the dish. Ingredients Lake Trout Fillets […]

Ricotta Dumplings ((Topfenknoederln auf Erdbeersauce))

Serving: 4 Print Ricotta Dumplings ((Topfenknoederln auf Erdbeersauce)) By Great Chefs October 12, 2015 This very Austrian dessert combines ricotta dumplings with strawberries. Three golf ball-sized dumplings, each rolled in cinnamon toasted bread crumbs, make one dessert. Sour cream is used to create the starburst designs on the plates instead of crème anglaise or whipping […]

Restaurant Information

Address : Quarry 43, 4820 Bad Ischl, Austria
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