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    The wild youngster from Bad Hofgastein

    In tune with the times: at the age of just 26, Julian Scharfetter is already junior manager of the Weitmoser Schlossalm and the Weitmoserin in Bad Hofgastein in the SalzburgerLand province. He is a high flyer who combines regionality with internationality in his creative concepts.

    Creative mastermind

    “My father always supported me in all my crazy ideas, even though he sometimes already knew that they wouldn’t always work out,” laughs Julian Scharfetter, “and I’m really grateful for that.” The junior manager of the Weitmoser Schlossalm and the Weitmoserin in Bad Hofgastein has never lacked for creative ideas. The “wild youngster” has already implemented a number of them with the help of good friends from his school days: from the hip Pop-up Alm in an old lift station high up on the mountain to the open-air Food:Moakt in the middle of Bad Hofgastein, where local and international chefs infused the local traditional cuisine with new ideas through the use of regional products from area suppliers. The Pop-up Alm and the Food:Moakt are now history, but Julian Scharfetter has a new “baby”: the Weitmoserin, a chic après-ski hotspot at the foot of the Schlossalm. “It is a slightly different kind of après-ski place, a place where we use regional products to combine young and modern cuisine,” says Julian Scharfetter.

    Die Weitmoserin Bar & Bistronomy in Bad Hofgastein
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    Creative cuisine instead of junk food

    When Julian Scharfetter gets an idea, he devotes all of his energy into making it a reality. Like serving creative and sophisticated food at the foot of the Schlossalmbahn in Bad Hofgastein or hand-sliced beef tartare at a ski hut. “People think that at a ski hut you can only get junk food or at an après-ski place only schnapps and brandy,” laughs Julian Scharfetter. “I wanted to prove otherwise.”

    And the “wild youngster” was successful: At the Weitmoserin, located at the bottom gondola station in Bad Hofgastein, a young chef from London uses regional products to create innovative items like wraps filled with local smoked trout or fresh, meat-filled sandwich pockets. And one can wash it down either with wines from vintners who operate according to holistic principles and place great importance on quality, or with beer from the privately-owned Trumer brewery. Julian Scharfetter’s cooking is aimed at both holiday guests and the local residents. “I’m always happy when young people with 20 euros in their pocket find something they like at the Weitmoserin and then come back again and again.” When restaurants reopen, the Weitmoserin will be open Wednesday to Sunday, from 2 to 11 p.m.

    Weitmoser Schlossalm von innen
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    At the Weitmoser Schlossalm, on the other hand, at 1,970 m / 6,463 ft above sea level, hungry skiers are served dishes like the Alm Burger or fresh beef tartare from organic Pinzgau beef, but also ski-hut staples like “Berner Würstel”, sausages wrapped in bacon. “The important thing is always to give a traditional dish a fresh spin and to surprise guests with it,” explains Julian Scharfetter. “While we place great importance on quality, we are not out of touch with the real world. We want our guests to be able to find something to their taste on the menu, and that they feel at home.”

    Regionality with an international flair

    • Casual and cool, but still very down-to-earth: this is how 26-year-old Julian Scharfetter comes across. He has spent time living abroad and gathered a great deal of experience in the process. On a mountain farm in Italy, for example, he experienced the importance of regionality and saw how the owners transformed their farm into a microcosm with a restaurant, a butcher shop, a cheese-making operation, and a wine shop. “I was very impressed and marvelled at what is possible with a farm if you have a vision and a good concept,” says Julian Scharfetter, who also demonstrated his culinary skills at a 2-Michelin-star restaurant in Amsterdam.

       

    • Despite his years of training both in Austria and abroad, Julian never forgot his roots. A great deal richer in experience, the world traveller always returned home to the Gastein Valley from his sojourns in Italy, Germany, Holland, and various jobs in Austria, most recently training with a vintner in Burgenland. “At some point you want to start putting your own ideas into practice,” says Julian Scharfetter. The vision that constantly drives him is fusing regional foods with traditional and international elements, such as creating sushi with local fish or wraps with smoked trout. One thing is certain: Julian Scharfetter is already tinkering with new ideas.

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    A family business with a long tradition

    The fact that Julian Scharfetter has already gained such a wealth of experience at such a young age is certainly because of his family’s centuries-old tradition as innkeepers. The Weitmoser Schlössl and farm, in the Gastein Valley, has been in the family since 1752. “It is a classic, very traditional establishment with a great deal of history,” according to Julian Scharfetter. “I was fortunate enough to be able to build on this vast experience.” Julian Scharfetter highly values the family asset. “I am proud of how my family sticks together and of the passion they put into their work. My father, my mother, my uncle, and my aunt all work in the family business, and that really is the reason that everything functions as well as it does,” explains Julian Scharfetter. Julian Scharfetter is eternally grateful to his family that they passed on their knowledge to him, but without dictating what he had to do. “It gives me a great deal of freedom to be able to realise all of my creative ideas just as I envision them,” he says.

    Weitmoser Schlössl in Bad Hofgastein
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