Harald Fargel, started his culinary career after school, as an apprentice at the famous Hotel Sacher in Vienna in 1971. In 1975, as a commis chef at the hotel, he won the gold medal at WIKA. Shortly thereafter, in 1978, he joined the Compagnie Internationale de Wagons-Lits as chef and in 1984, joined E. Oldendorff Shipping cruise lines. In 1985, he became the head chef at Schnbrunner Stckl, in Vienna. In 1986 through 1988, he was involved with the Culinary Vienna Festival at the Tokai University Club in Tokyo, and the Europalia Festival in Brussels.
In 1990, Chef Fargel was hired by Hans Figlmüller as executive chef at Restaurant Figlmüller in Vienna. In the fall of 1997, Great Chefs television arrived to produce two television series: Great Chefs of Austria for ORF Television of Austria, and Great Chefs of the World for the Discovery Channel. Chef Harald prepared the largest Wiener Schnitzel this television crew had ever seen (see photo).
In 2006, Chef Harald Fargel was elected President of the Association of Austrian Chefs.