that’s me

Chef Thomas Grasberger

Chef Pâtissier
Bakery Chef

… born in Upper Austria’s Wels, I have done most of my growing up in Vienna.
Only by sheer accident did I fall into the trade of Pâtissier. After a short apprentice ship at a Viennese Bakery, I was accepted for apprentice ship, at “K.u.K. Hofzuckerbäcker Demel’s Söhne”, one of the oldest patisseries in Vienna. Learning the trade from the very basics, as the Emperor two Centuries ago would have expected from a “Pâtissier to the Royal and Imperial Court” (That is what the older Pâtissier still calls himself).
I soon took to travel the world. From patisseries in America, to hotels in the Far East, Africa and the Middle East, did I accumulate a wealth of experience, ranging from bakeries to first class restaurants in major hotels to banquets for Presidents, Sultans and Heads of States and other famous, infamous and not so famous people.
But the true excitement for me is in the “Viennese Café”. Not just as an occupation, but as an institution in it own right.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. tasteofbeirut says:

    Glad to discover your blog! My great grandmother considered herself Austrian (she was from Trieste and in these days I guess it was part of the empire). Anyway, I have always had this fantasy of spending my days in a café in Vienna, sipping coffee and eating pastries with lots of shlag? anyway, you get my drift! 🙂

    1. ChefThomas says:

      Indeed, Trieste was part of the old Empire, some think it still is, and believe of ‘going home’ when travelling there.
      You definitely have to have extra Schlag with your coffee or cake when sitting in a Wiener Kaffeehaus …. just to show you belong and know how it’s done … 🙂

  2. H.Peter says:

    Hab mir erlaubt ein Foto von der Esterhazy zu “borgen”

    1. ChefThomas says:

      No problem, and thanks for the back-link …. love your blog

      …. AND happy 49th !!!

    1. ChefThomas says:

      Thank You Ally.
      Like you I love to travel and eat and write AND COOK.
      Thanks for the follow, love your blog.

  3. Hi there Thomas,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the follow, it is appreciated 🙂 If you have time please take a look at my other site , this site is for images I take in other countries…You have some great tips, articles and recipes here, so, like anyone who loves food, I must follow.

    Regards Mark

    1. ChefThomas says:

      Hi Mark,
      Food, photography and poetry, if looked at as philosophy, needs to be shared. Love your photography.

  4. belocchio says:

    Chef Thomas it is my pleasure to thank you for following my blog. Virginia

    1. ChefThomas says:

      Thank You Virginia

  5. belocchio says:

    A tip of my toque blanche to you. Fabulous experiences. Memories to last a life time. Virginia

    1. ChefThomas says:

      Memories are only memories, if one case to remember. The good ones and the not so good ones. I have collected a few over my lifetime, and like to look back every once in a while and reminisce.

  6. Me & Beirut says:

    Hello Chef Thomas, may I ask where you cook now in Beirut? Would love to visit your restaurant 🙂

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