Heinz ReitbauerHeinz Reitbauer began his apprenticeship at the parental restaurant Steirereck, which he finished with Karl and Rudi Obauer in Werfen. His spent his traveling years between 1989 and 1992, with Alain Chapel in Mionnay, Anton Mosimann in London, Joël Robuchon and Laurent in Paris. Afterwards, he returned to Steirereck and began the planning for the Steirereck am Pogusch in Turnau, which he opened in 1996 as head chef. In 2005, he moved to Vienna, where Helmut Österreicher inherited as head chef at Steirereck and moved the restaurant from his original address, Rasumofskygasse, corner of Weißgerberlände, into the Meierei in the city park “Stadtpark”. There he won 4 Gault-Millau Hauben and 2 Michelin stars as well as a place in the top 10 of the "The World's Best Restaurants" list.
"The Steirereck is a very human place, which is sometimes superhuman. That Heinz Reitbauer has his own handwriting, that one would recognize many of his dishes in a picture puzzle, is nothing new. It only amazes that the handwriting is so striking, even if the plates look completely different. (...) With great joy and conviction we lend Heinz Reitbauer the title "Cook of the Decade" this year. We congratulate. ", Gault Millau (2016).