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15.03.2019 | Living in Kitzbühel

Successful Kitzbühelers abroad - from KITZ to KIEZ

 

 

Christoph Wilson - From the country to the city

Christoph Wilson is a thoroughbred gastronome and a native of Kitzbühel. A few years ago, he moved to Hamburg, 917 kilometers away, where he has settled. What lies behind his emigration to the German north, you can read here.

Verschneites Bergpanorama

The way to Hamburg

During his 3-year apprenticeship as a hotel and hospitality assistant at Kitzbühel's Sporthotel Reisch, Christoph discovered his love of gastronomy.  After the apprenticeship he went to the federal capital - in Vienna he got a taste of the big city air, which did not let him go in his next stations, such as London, Essen and Sylt. It was on Sylt that Christoph met his future wife, a Hamburg woman. The marriage broke up, but his love for the Hanseatic city remained. A life in the countryside was unimaginable for him at that time. 

Christoph needed the pulsating city, the hustle and bustle, action and, of course, his various catering businesses, which he ran successfully with over 180 employees.

Nevertheless, every year in March, Christoph comes with his daughter to ski in the Kitzbühel mountains. A few restful and relaxing wellness days in the country must be. However, "After a few days of a change of air, I look forward to city life again," Christoph tells us with a broad grin.  

Christoph Wilson

Flugzeug im Himmmel

Dear Christoph, how many catering businesses are there exactly in Hamburg that you run? - Until 6 weeks ago, there were 13 businesses. After 30 years in the restaurant business, I'm currently in the process of building up a street food event concept, which is where I'm really getting into it. 

What are the biggest differences between Kitzbühel and Hamburg, or are there also similarities? - I would say that the people of Hamburg are similar to the people of Kitzbühel. Open, accessible and also warm. I like both of them!

What do you miss from home or what can't you get used to in the far north? - Well, I can't get used to damp cold at all, it goes right to your bones. In Kitzbühel it's dry cold, which I find more pleasant. 

Holzschild "Kitz Kulinarik"

The Kiez, the "most sinful" district in Hamburg, here everything revolves around love, lust and long party nights. A place with many prejudices, how would you describe the Kiez in your own words? - For me, the Kiez is more honest than the so-called society. If something doesn't fit, you get to hear it right away. 

By now you are known all over Hamburg, do they know where you come from? Is there a Tyrolean bonus? - Yes, with a strong SERVUS greeting you are well received everywhere. Of course, the Tyrolean charm also helps. But the most important thing is friendliness, which applies to everyone!

During your last visit to Kitzbühel, we were able to try your newly created Currywurst. What makes your currywurst so special, are they ingredients from your home country? - No, they are ingredients from all over Europe. Sweet like me and a little spicy like the Reeperbahn. To taste then at the KITZ Kulinarik Festival on 13 and 14.09.2019 in downtown Kitzbühel. I'm already looking forward to that!

Weg neben See

How can you make "being a host" palatable to young people? - First, it's important to like the profession you do, and if you like people, you can be anything in this profession. Entertainer, psychologist, artist, decorator, accountant, product developer, etc. - everyone can develop here. I couldn't imagine a more beautiful profession.

Could you imagine moving back to the country today? - Yes, every now and then. I could well imagine a country inn, open only on Fridays and Saturdays, with a greenhouse in the courtyard. A barbecue by the sea would also appeal to me. Let's see what else comes along. I am still young!

As with us in Kitzbühel, many celebrities also come to you, is there a very special encounter that makes you really proud? - Yes, Dan Akroyed from the Blues Brothers (KIT International's note: he became famous in the 1980s through comedies like Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters) was a cool man with whom I also partied hard. I wouldn't want to miss that encounter. 

Schnitzel mit Kartoffelsalat

Have you ever regretted making the leap to the big city? - No, never. I would do it again and again.

What's your favorite food from home that you now also cook in your businesses? - Schnitzel always goes well with my peppery cranberries! Sometimes also bacon dumplings with Schwammerl. These are my favorite dishes.

How would you describe your daily or rather nightly routine? There are probably no fixed working hours, are there? - Yes, there is a precise schedule: I get up at 9 a.m. and get to my desk at 10 a.m.. The afternoon is filled with meetings - suppliers, employees, etc. - and in the evening I'm in the shop. - and in the evening I'm in the store. Keep your eyes and ears open and around midnight you hand over to the deputy, who is then still on site until 5 o'clock. So I like it!

We'll meet you at the KITZ Kulinarik Festival on 13 & 14.09. with us in Kitzbühel, what's on offer from KIEZ for KITZ?


We present our "Hot Corner" and travel with our Streetfoodcar to Kitzbühel. The self-created curry sausage will be served with harbor fries and our favorite sauces basil or truffle mayonnaise. I'm really looking forward to this.

Contact

The Kitzbühel Tourism team is at your disposal at any time!

TELEPHONE
0043 5356 66660


E-MAIL
info@kitzbuehel.com


ON SITE
Hinterstadt 18 | 6370 Kitzbühel 


Press contact

Anna Lena Obermoser
0043 5356 66660 16
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Contact

The Kitzbühel Tourism team is at your disposal at any time!

TELEPHONE
0043 5356 66660


E-MAIL
info@kitzbuehel.com


ON SITE
Hinterstadt 18 | 6370 Kitzbühel 


Press contact

Anna Lena Obermoser
0043 5356 66660 16
​​​​​​​a.obermoser@kitzbuehel.com