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“Do it yourself” is the motto

Culinary courses in Vorarlberg

Learn from the best: well-known cooks, bakers, cheesemakers and chocolatiers.

Vorarlberg’s top chefs rely on creativity in the kitchen and, whenever possible, the use of regional ingredients. They enjoy sharing their philosophy and introducing others to their culinary arts during cooking courses.

Cooking course:
  • The cooking course series offered by Karin Kaufmann focuses on regional and seasonal specialties, prepared according to old recipes with contemporary updates. To host her cooking courses, Karin Kaufmann has lovingly restored the Gasthaus Engel inn in Egg and transformed it into a cooking school. Numerous courses are on the programme each and every month. Karin Kaufmann’s first cook book, entitled “Frau Kaufmann kocht,” has been published by AT Verlag in autumn 2019. (in German)
  • At the Kräuterwerkstatt Lech, you can peak over the shoulder of Thorsten Probost, who is the first chef at the Arlberg to be awarded 3 Toques from Gault&Millau. “Nature is the architect of my cuisine,” he says. For this reason, he exclusively uses locally sourced ingredients. His courses are bookable between May and November for up to six participants. All appointments arranged on demand. (in German)
  • Cooking courses at given dates or by requestare organised by Andrea Milstein from Essküche Götzis (from 10 persons).
  • The Insect Culinary Cooking Workshop of Luculla culinaria offers the possibility to taste grasshoppers, crickets, mealworms or buffalo worms and to prepare enjoyable recipes with these innovative ingredients. The instructor Anja Sieghartsleitner has intensively dealt with the topic of insects as food in her master’s degree in Food and Drink Innovation and has become a passionate insect eater herself. She passes on her extensive knowledge and recipes in her cooking workshops. (in German)
Kochschule Frau Kaufmann kocht © Roswitha Natter / Frau Kaufmann
Laden mit Produkten von Frau Kaufmann, Egg © Roswitha Natter /

“I’m fortunate: talent and a love for cooking were instilled in me from an early age. When I was little, I always watched as my mother prepared various dishes.”

Karin Kaufmann
Cooking course with overnight stay
  • Award-winning chef Valentine Bargehr of the Gasthof Rössle inn in Braz, Klostertal, who has received a Toque from Gault&Millau, will help you prepare regional and seasonal dishes during his new “Cooking with Friends” class. Participants will gather around the table and talk shop at the stove top in the early afternoon, while Valentin Bargehr demonstrates how to prepare the cuisine step by step. In the evening, participants will enjoy the menu together. Overnight accommodation in a double room incl. breakfast, the cooking course with recipe folder, an aperitif, the 5-course menu with wine and a take-home souvenir are all included! The package, which is bookable on Thursdays or Fridays, costs EUR 240 per person. (in German)
  • The cooks of the Schwanen Biohotel in Bizau, Bregenzerwald are proud to offer a “Wilde Weiber” cooking course once per year. The course features grandma’s recipes, spelt bread baking, and meals prepared according to Hildegard von Bingen’s principals. Naturally, recipes are prepared exclusively with certified and seasonal organic ingredients. Next course: 28 to 31 March 2021.
  • The Hotel Gotthard in Lech am Arlberg offers 4-day courses with different focuses. From classic cooking courses, herbal courses and bread baking to beer brewing, there is something for every taste. Depending on the topic, the courses are led by different experts. In addition to the course units and recipes, 3 nights incl. half board are included in the special offer price from 650,- €. Attention: the courses are very popular. Please reserve early. (in German)
Paulinarium - Brotbacken am Ludescherberg © Markus Gmeiner / Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH

“My wife is happiest with dough and flour!” says Reinhard Burtscher, speaking of his wife, Pauline

Baking courses:
  • In Ludesch near Bludenz, Pauline Burtscher offers bread-baking courses at her Paulinarium. Bread is baked in a wood oven at her own bread bakery at a 350-year old farm. Participation in the 3.5-hour courses costs from EUR 70 per person including snack, self-made bread and a recipe booklet. (in German)
Make your own chocolate:
  • Sweet-toothed participants will learn how chocolate or pralines are made from high-quality ingredients from chocolatière Martina of the Xocolat Manufaktur in Bregenz. The workshops, which always include a substantial confectionery tasting, take about 3-4 hours and are extremely popular and regularly booked out. Small wonder considering that the courses make the perfect gift! The basic workshop costs EUR 85 and includes a recipe book, invigorating sparkling wine, as well as self-made delicacies.
    New courses will take place in autumn 2020. (in German)
Xocolat Manufaktur Bregenz