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Alfons Schuhbeck
Schuhbeck in 2011
Born Alfons Karg
(1949-05-02) 2 May 1949 (age 75)
Traunstein, Bavaria, Germany
Cooking style South German cuisine
Education College of Hotel Management Bad Reichenhall
Feinkost Käfer
Restaurant Aubergine (Witzigmann)

Alfons Schuhbeck (born Alfons Karg; 2 May 1949) is one of Germany's top chefs, as well as being a restaurateur, celebrity chef, author and businessman.


Born Alfons Karg, he trained as a telecommunications technician, but soon became disenchanted with this profession. While playing with his band in the Bavarian holiday resort of Waging am See, he ran into the restaurateur Sebastian Schuhbeck, who committed Alfons in a career in the hospitality business and became his mentor. Sebastian Schubeck later adopted Alfons and made him his heir.


He studied at the College of Hotel Management Bad Reichenhall in Bavaria. After that he went through practical training in Salzburg, Geneva, Paris, London and Munich (in Eckart Witzigmanns three stars awarded Aubergine). He finally took the Kurhausstüberl from his mentor in 1980.

Alfons was the driving force in Sebastian Schuhbeck's business. His chef skills impressed the guests of the Kurhausstüberl in a way, that this former village inn became a favourite restaurant for the upper society of Munich and Salzburg.

In 1983, he was awarded with one star in the French Michelin Guide, as the third chef outside France at this time. The also French Gault Millau restaurant guide gave him 17 points and 3 hoods and elected him Cook of the year in 1989.

Since 1990, Schuhbeck has operated a catering service and supplied many first-class events like the Federal Chancellor's celebration, the Ball des Sports and the German music industry's ECHO award ceremony.

In 2003, he established a new restaurant, the Südtiroler Stuben in Munich. There he won his second Michelin star in December 2003. In November 2005, he was awarded with the Five Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

German TV broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk has aired his show Schuhbecks since 1993. His popularity in Germany results in this as well as publishing more than 20 books about cooking. He is also a regular guest in other German TV shows.

The lockdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 caused Schuhbeck's business to suffer. After futilely waiting for government relief to arrive, Schuhbeck eventually announced that he had filed for bankruptcy on 18 July 2021.


At the end of the 1990s he set up Schuhbecks GmbH. This company included the restaurant Südtiroler Stuben, a wine bistro, a catering service, a cookery school, a spice shop and an ice-cream parlour, all based in Munich. Schuhbeck Check Inn GmbH was formed in 2001 to manage the Check Inn restaurant and bar in Egelsbach (south Hesse).

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