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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

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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It's the Season for Stone Fruit Jam

  Summer officially starts this weekend, farmers markets are in full swing, and seasonal fruit is plentiful! A couple of weeks ago, we held a hands-on pie and tart class, and I had some leftover ...

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How to Grill Baby Octopus

    We officially kicked off grilling season last Wednesday with a hands-on grilling class on Cinco de Mayo. On Saturday, we had our first demonstration class on the Lincoln Square patio with one of ...

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Sheet Pan Dinners are Easy to Make and Clean Up

  If you are on social media, you are likely familiar with popular cooking trends such as simple sheet pan dinners, and the viral baked feta dish that really took off recently. I personally love ...

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French Seasoning Salt is Back by Popular Demand

  French Seasoning Salt is one of the most popular retail products we have ever carried at The Chopping Block. The miracle seasoning in the blue jar as it's known among our students is the perfect ...

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Healthy Goodness For Your Gut Vinegars

  I remember as a kid, my grandmother would make us drink sauerkraut juice, or she would use it to flavor a soup, and I absolutely loved it. I always have preferred a sour pickle flavor over ...

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