Hans Neuner is an Austrian chef whose culinary vision is based on pillars: fish, traditional Portuguese recipes, and the ingredients themselves. From an early age he was immersed in the world of the kitchen – his parents had a restaurant in which he use to willingly help. At the age of 15, he began professional training and then traveled. He was in England, Dubai, Switzerland, Spain, Majorca and the Bahamas… Chef Hans cooked under the supervision of his mentor Chef Karlheinz Hauser at the Adlon Hotel in Berlin and then became head chef at Seven Seas at the Süllberg Hotel in Hamburg.
Great love for Portuguese kitchen
Chef Hans Neuner has visited many countries, but the biggest inspiration in his cuisine is Portugal! In his kitchen, he draws heavily from its culinary tradition and culture. The fresh, modern Ocean Restaurant serves fish and shellfish from the Atlantic Ocean, fruit, vegetables, meat and wines from the heart of Portugal, and wines and organic products from Herdade dos Grous, in Alentejo. He become head chef of Ocean in 2007 and says that he left for Portugal immediately, taking only his cookbooks, chef’s knives and his girlfriend.
Following Da Gama’s footsteps
Hans Neuner’s inspirations can be really peculiar – such as the journeys of Vasco da Gama. The chef followed the traveler. Every island he visited was a valuable source of inspiration. These journeys, courage, and a little bit of madness have left their mark on his kitchen – here virtuosity is mixed with a sense of humor. Still, Hans Neuner appreciates the simplicity that allows each of the ingredients to shine.