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Ofenfrisches Brot aus der Kochschule von Frau Kaufmann © Vorarlberg Tourismus
“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. Participation, which includes food, wine and a 4-course meal you cook yourself, costs from EUR 140 per person. A two-part cooking session has been added to the programme from autumn of 2019. Preparations will take place on Friday evening, while cooking and eating will be on Saturday at noon. Karin Kaufmann’s first cook book, entitled “Frau Kaufmann kocht,” will also be published by AT Verlag in autumn 2019. (in German)
  • Michael Ritter offers cooking and baking courses at the Kochagentur in Götzis. In 1.5 hours, you will learn to prepare, for example, Vorarlberg Kässpätzle cheese spaetzle. The course costs EUR 45 per person. (in German)
  • Mike P. Pansi, an internationally experienced chef who has been awarded a Toque from Gault&Millau, heads the Kochmeisterei in Hohenems. This cooking school has space for a maximum of 10 people and can be booked for custom courses, private dining or Chef’s Table events. (in German)
  • ”The kitchen should be a place of inspiration,” says Erwin Kasper of Café Restaurant Magma in Feldkirch. During individually bookable appointments, he invites you participate in exclusive Chef’s Table events or cooking courses in his small, yet handsome restaurant in the historic centre. (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 request are organised by Andrea Milstein from Essküche Götzis (from 10 persons).
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 takes place from 14 – 17 April 2019 and 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. The cooking course incl. accommodation and half board costs from EUR 432 per person.
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. (in German)
Xocolat Manufaktur Bregenz