Private chef shows how it's done

Bringing summer to the plate

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09.07.2024 13:25

"Private Chef" Daniel Kohler from Hohenweiler gave the "Krone" some culinary tips for hot days.

When you have to cook for your family every day, you can sometimes be unimaginative. One person who always cooks with passion and creativity is 30-year-old Daniel Kohler from Hohenweiler. The young family man has made a name for himself in the region with his catering and "private cooking". "We have grown steadily, because high quality is important to us," he says of his team of up to 18 people, who also cater weddings and culinary events at Amberg Castle in Feldkirch.

Local partners and flavors from the forest and meadow
He always focuses on regional and, above all, seasonal products from local partners. "I'm not a fan of wholesale markets and prefer to go to farmers, the weekly market and producers. I only buy what's growing there." He collects wild herbs and flowers in the castle garden or on a walk in the woods just before the cooking events. Of course, a certain amount of basic knowledge is required. Once you have acquired this, dishes can not only be embellished with plants from the garden and meadow, but also taken to the next level in terms of taste. "You should definitely try the herbs beforehand so that they harmonize with the rest of the dish."

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Many ideas for summer dishes can be taken from classic Mediterranean cuisine in particular.

Daniel Kohler

In summer, the variety of seasonal produce is huge because everything is in bloom. Mediterranean cuisine also offers plenty of inspiration for summer dishes. Colorful salads, a cool soup or a sorbet are perfect for hot days, says the professional. As it is mainly light dishes that are digestible at high temperatures, Daniel Kohler has taken a close look at regional fish.

Herbs and flowers from the castle garden enhance the dish. (Bild: Mathis Fotografie)
Herbs and flowers from the castle garden enhance the dish.
Daniel Kohler in the kitchen. (Bild: Mathis Fotografie)
Daniel Kohler in the kitchen.
Light fish creation with regional ingredients. (Bild: Mathis Fotografie)
Light fish creation with regional ingredients.

Summer fish dish

For 2 people:
- To pickle the fish: 100g fresh char or salmon trout, filleted with skin and without bones. 6g sugar, 6g salt. Sprig of basil, sprig of dill, 1 organic lemon, chop herbs, grate lemon zest and mix with salt and sugar. Rub the fillets on both sides and marinate for 4 hours in a cool place. After 4 hours, rinse the fish and pat dry. Remove the fish skin with a filleting knife.

- For the radish stock: 100g buttermilk, 100g radishes, 1 teaspoon Swiss stone pine vinegar, 1 teaspoon Tannenwipfel honey, 1 pinch of salt - blend all ingredients finely and pass through a sieve!
- For garden cress mayonnaise: 1 egg yolk, 1 cup of garden cress, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of pine-top honey, 150g vegetable oil

Mix all the ingredients except the oil in a small bowl using a hand blender. Press the hand blender down to the bottom and add the oil. While blending, slowly raise the hand blender to emulsify all the ingredients and create the mayonnaise.

- For the horseradish foam: 100g milk, 1 tbsp crème fraîche, 1 tbsp creamed horseradish, a pinch of salt, a little lemon zest - whizz everything together with the hand blender!

- For pickled radishes: Washed and quartered radishes, 300g water, 120g wine vinegar, 70g sugar, 10g salt, bay leaf, coriander seeds, allspice - bring all the ingredients to the boil and leave to infuse for 2 minutes. Seal in a screw-top jar while still hot. Leave to infuse overnight.
Serve decorated with caviar, nasturtium and flowers to taste.

Creativity and courage
His creations are created in a very short space of time in his head and are always presented differently on the plate. "I can easily imagine the combinations, and experience does the rest." Of course, you also need creativity and the courage to dare to try something - "with my recipes, I also want to motivate other amateur chefs to try their hand."

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