PHILOSOPHYTHE BOY FROM THE GSIESER VALLEY
Profession or vocation? It is both for Herbert Hintner. As a child he could do everything, as he saw it, for crucial experience that was to shape his life decisively. As a boy he was very much aware of the very carefully cultivated local culture and traditional customs. Every festivity, every parish fair was also of course a festivity of culinary delight.
HIS MOTHER’S DUMPLINGS
Rice pudding made with milk straight from the farmer or meat on the farm’s slaughter day and especially the dumplings made quite an impression on the young Hintner on account of the originality, simplicity and freshness of the products and their preparation.
CURIOSITY ABOUT THE BIG WIDE WORLD
With these childish but very significant impressions, Herbert Hintner set out on his journey into the world of gastronomy that well and truly turned his sense of taste upside down at first. The various dishes from all over the world had first of all to be classified and understood. His enjoyment of these new and sometimes very unusual tastes developed slowly first of all. This curiosity, searching and will to understand are still with Hintner today.
CREATIVITY AS A MEANS OF FINDING YOURSELF
Questioning his own creativity constantly is perhaps Herbert Hintner’s most important instrument for stimulating afresh joy and motivation in cooking. Creativity as that part of cooking that is ahead of the spirit of its time. You can compete with this time and time again. After his years of learning, his many visits to restaurants all over the world, his acquisition of knowledge of regional products, it is Hinter’s most important business to find a cuisine of character that echoes his philosophy of taste.
PRESERVING PROVEN TRADITIONS WHILE TRYING SOMETHING NEW
Fondly and carefully fostering what is local and regional while keeping an open mind for something new, can be a meaningful symbiosis in the age of globalisation and easily answers the question of the gourmet and pleasure-seeker: How do I find the culinary proximity to my homeland?
EXPERIENCING A PIECE OF THE HOMELAND
South Tyrol, in its origins, represents a significant task for Herbert Hintner. In the process, he would not like to limit himself to classic dishes, but to mix the traditional with a new creativity and due care to meet the diverse claims of today’s modern world. Promoting local and regional cuisine is also a social responsibility for Herbert Hintner. Regional and local products can thank the farmers and producers for their valuable contribution to the preservation of rural culture. In addition, knowledge of the origin of the products is an unequivocal guarantee for their quality. Herbert Hintner would like to contribute to this with care and attention so that this culture that is so valuable to us remains intact. Above all, Hintner would like to pass on the feeling for this unique wealth to coming generations of chefs.
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