Rudi Kellner’s parents were proprietors of Altwienerhof, and at age 14 he began a special cookery class with Karl Tuch and a year later, began his training at the Hotel Straubinger in Badgastein. Over the next ten years, he worked one year at a time, in hotels and restaurants throughout Europe and South America, from the Lido in Paris to the Savoy in London to the Victoria in Montevideo, Uruguay.
In 1969 he took over the family business, Altwienerhof, established a new Viennese cuisine, and by 1980 had expanded the hotel to 20 rooms and added a winter garden. He was a student of one of August Escoffier’s graduates and was known as one of the last “Grand Kitchen Chiefs” of the Viennese restaurants. In October of 1998, the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape Chef Rudi for their Great Chefs of Austria series for Austria’s ORF Television Network.
After Chef Kellner passed away in 2005, the hotel closed and was remodeled before recently reopening as just a hotel with breakfast only.