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Hans

Hans
Hans graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute in Pegnitz, Bavaria in Germany. He also completed an apprenticeship program at the Rosenthal Casino in Selb Bavaria. Hans' professional career extends to several hotels. He worked for Hilton International in London before transferring to Chicago where he held different positions for several hotels within the company. We are now proud to have him as a Chef Instructor at The Chopping Block. When Hans is not teaching, you can find him at local museums, coffee shops, farmers markets, or concert venues—mainly classical music. He is an avid reader, loves to travel, and enjoys the company of his family and friends.

Recent Posts

Spring Brings White Asparagus Season

  I recently returned from a vacation to Germany where I am originally from, and I had the amazing opportunity to spend time with my siblings for an entire month. Of course, we cooked a lot and since ...

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Get Must-Have Kitchen Tools During our Sale at the Mart

    It's almost spring in Chicago, and for me personally, that means spring cleaning, organizing closets and sorting through my kitchen. I'm sure you can relate. Right now, I am looking at my spice ...

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A Meat Fest Weekend in Chicago

  For the past couple of years, I have had the amazing opportunity to help a dear friend of mine with the Chicago Beefsteak Event, an annual event hosted at the Dank Haus, the German cultural center ...

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Why You Should Take a Knife Skills Class

The holidays are over, and many of us are setting goals and New Year's resolutions for 2022: eating healthier, exercising more, or improving our cooking skills. The first step in doing being a better ...

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Celebrate Christkindlmarket Season with this German Dessert

  If you live in Chicago and have walked around the Loop lately, you may have seen people with a very fancy mug in their hands. They are coming from the annual Christkindlmarket and are enjoying some ...

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How to Make Wiener Schnitzel Like a German

Now that the weather has turned cool, we start to crave comfort food. One of my favorite dishes to make in the fall and winter is schnitzel. This traditional German dish has so many varieties, and it ...

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Provincetown Picks

It is hard to believe that Apple Fest is behind us, and we are anticipating cooler weather and heartier meals coming up soon in Chicago. Fall on the East Coast is beautiful as well, so I booked a ...

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Soups are the Key to Season Transitions

It is hard to believe that summer is winding down, and we are getting closer to fall. Fall is a beautiful time of year, and when you are in Chicago, you hope for a nice long fall season, because we ...

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Try the German Version of Shish Kebab

It's grilling season - time to enjoy the long days of summer with friends and family outdoors. Just like here in America, home cooks and chefs in my homeland of Germany have a passion for grilling ...

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Don't Miss Mushrooms at your Farmers Market

    When I stopped by the Logan Square Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago, I visited River Valley Ranch Farm's stand. They are from Burlington, Wisconsin and are the oldest mushroom farm in the ...

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