CHEF GÜNTER SEEGER
Chef Günter Seeger was born and raised in the Black Forest of Germany, where his family owned a produce brokerage business for generations. He grew up in the business, visiting local farms and markets with his father as a child, where he was exposed to the feel, form, and taste of produce. While learning of food at an young age, he developed a deep respect for the land, its products, and its people and traditions.
After finishing his apprenticeship as a chef in a nearby village, Seeger went to Switzerland, where for ten years he gained experience in some of the country’s finest hotels and fine dining restaurants. While there, he completed his degree in restaurant and hotel management at a Lucerne academy.
His career has covered two continents, and his achievements have garnered outstanding praise throughout Europe and the United States, as testified by the series of prestigious awards and distinctions he acquired along the way, from the Michelin Star, Mobil Forbes Five Stars, AAA 5 Diamonds, Relais & Châteaux, Tradition et Qualité, James Beard Award, to Esquire magazine’s title Best New Restaurant.
Günter Seeger was cited among the fifty most important people of the last fifty years in Atlanta’s history due to his decades-long contributions to the food culture of the city. He was one of the driving forces behind the founding of the Georgia Organic Farmers in the early 1990’s. He is known among peers as an early pioneer and major contributor to contemporary American food culture, and has always placed growers, producers, farmers and the culture of sustainability at the center and star of his cuisine. He has lived in New York City for the past ten years with his wife Leslie and their two young daughters.