|Gottfried Schuetzenberger |
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Hyatt Chef Receives the WGS Lifetime Achievement Award 2012
In 2009, Schuetzenberger was the first pastry chef inducted into the WGS Awards of Excellence Hall of Fame for his enduring contribution to the hospitality industry, having also been awarded the title of Pastry Chef of the Year in 2004, 2006 and 2008. "The recognition is a reflection of how my peers and the industry view me, so it really is the greatest honour," said Schuetzenberger.
Schuetzenberger is no stranger to awards, having received accolades throughout his career. Most recently, he was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit of the Republic of Austria (Silberne Verdienstzeichen der Republik Österreich) by the Austrian Government. He has participated with regional and national teams to win numerous culinary awards at international exhibitions and competitions, most notably the Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany; Food & Hotel Asia in Singapore; the American Culinary Classic in Chicago, USA; and the Salon Culinaire Mondial at Igeho in Basel. Schuetzenberger is also an appointed jury member of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) and has judged at prestigious competitions at Expogast in Luxembourg; the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany; Food & Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge in Singapore; and the Hong Kong International Culinary Classic.
Schuetzenberger was born with a love for pastry in his blood and starting baking at the tender age of four. His grandfather founded a bakery in Koenigswiesen, Austria—a mantle that was handed down to his father and would have naturally been handed down again to Schuetzenberger junior, had he not been invited to work in Asia. Schuetzenberger obtained a Masters Degree in Pastry in Sankt Pölten, before commencing his Hyatt career in 1983 as the Pastry Chef at Grand Hyatt Seoul.