Martin Reitberger was born in 1973 in Kufstein, Tirol, Austria. Following school, he apprenticed at the Steigenberger Hotel in Seefeld between 1988-1991. He then went on to work the kitchen ladder in five hotels (all four-star) in Austria, before serving his military service in 1994.
In 1995, he began as sous chef at the Hotel Kaiser in Tirol, before moving as sous chef in 1996 to Hotel Berghof in Leach, followed by sous chef at Hotel Kaiserhof in Ellmau in 1997, and then to Hotel Andreas Hofer in Kufstein, all four-star hotels.
In 1998, he was appointed as chef de cuisine for Hotel St. Peter in Seefeld. Later that year, the Great Chefs television team showed up to tape Chef Reitberger, just as he was promoted to executive chef of Hotel St. Peter, for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the World and ORF-TV’s Great Chefs of Austria television series.