Austrian named best chef in Germany

An Austrian has been found Germany’s best chef by a prestigious restaurant guide.Salzburg-born Mario Lohninger was awarded the country’s Chef of the Year award by the German edition of Gault Millau today (Weds).Lohninger, who runs three eateries in the German city of Frankfurt, was praised for his “drive to discover and renew things” by the critics.This honour comes on the back of results of a survey that listed Austrian chefs among the worst in Europe.International travel website Zoover said last week that chefs working in the Alpine country’s hotels and restaurants only bagged three per cent of the overall votes handed in by more than 10,000 people taking part in the poll.Only British, Swedish and Portuguese cooks did worse, while Italians topped the ranking (24 per cent) ahead of their Spanish counterparts (14 per cent). German chefs reached a midfield position with the support of nine per cent of holidaymakers.Earlier this year, a poll among 26,000 users of Austrian gastronomy platform Netkellner identified Wiener Schnitzel as people’s favourite dish ahead of other high-calorie dishes like Cordon Bleu and fried chicken.