Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner's passion for food has been a constant throughout his life. While growing up with garden-fresh cooking in a small Austrian village on the Danube River, he decided, at age 15, that he wanted to become a chef. After working at several Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe and New York, he ventured out on his own, opening his first New York City restaurant in 2000. Ever true to his roots, Chef Gutenbrunner named this restaurant Wallsé for that small village on the Danube.
In 2001, Chef Gutenbrunner was approached by Ronald Lauder, co-founder of the Neue Galerie New York, and Renée Price, director of the museum, to develop Café Sabarsky. He followed up these successes with Blaue Gans, the former downtown bistro, in 2005, and Upholstery: Food & Wine, a wine and seafood bar in 2009.
From the start, Chef Gutenbrunner has earned abundant praise for his modern interpretation of Austrian cuisine, his seamless integration of food and art, and developing creative, yet authentic menus that showcase quality ingredients with an artistic flair.
Chef Gutenbrunner’s ideals have secured him a unique spot in New York’s culinary world where he is able to harmonize his two great loves, food and art, and for this he is forever grateful.