Schuhbeck's last course: Star chef says goodbye with a New Year's Eve menu - "Times are different today than they used to be"
Created: 2023-01-02 09:39
By: Uli Heichele
Alfons Schuhbeck on his last evening in the Südtiroler Stuben: "It would be a shame if it wasn't gastronomy anymore." © Heichele
Alfons Schuhbeck faces a prison sentence.
But before that happens, the star chef served his guests an exquisite New Year's Eve menu for the last time in Munich.
Munich – chocolate with tangerine ice cream and cherries: That was the last course – and really the very last.
Because: This dessert was the end of Alfons Schuhbecks (73) New Year's Eve menu.
And on December 31st, the star chef's lease in the Südtiroler Stuben also ended.
His fine restaurant on the Platzl in the old town is history.
On New Year's Eve, Schuhbeck goes from table to table as usual
In all likelihood, Schuhbeck will soon have to go to prison after his conviction for tax evasion, but until then he will continue to devote himself to his work.
On New Year's Eve, as usual, he goes from table to table himself and asks the guests how they like the king prawn ravioli, filet mignon, etc.
If you ask how he's doing, you get the answer of a busy man: "I was just cooking at Uli Hoeneß's, we do that every year on New Year's Eve.
And now I have to go..." Because it's eleven, and at the turn of the year Schuhbeck also wants to stop by the other Munich place for which he is known throughout the city: the Teatro tent in Riem, which no longer bears his name, where he but traditionally wants to say hello at the end of the evening and sing a song or two.
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In the new year, after the end of the gourmet restaurant?
A deep hole, no more task?
Schuhbeck defends: “I have so much to do.
For example with the spices.”
The last plate of the star chef's menu: chocolate with tangerine ice cream.
Schuhbeck would think it would be a shame "if there were no more gastronomy here"
He also has to organize the move out of the South Tyrolean rooms.
It is possible that there will not be a restaurant in the rooms as a successor, but rehearsal rooms and a daycare center for the State Ballet.
The Haus am Platzl is owned by the Free State of Bavaria and the State Ballet has expressed an interest.
Schuhbeck thinks it would be “a bit of a shame if there were no more gastronomy here – everything has been taken care of”.
But he also says: “Times are different today than they used to be.
People no longer want to eat six or seven courses, they just want two.”
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That the restaurant would be over in this form: that had been decided for a long time.
This finale has now coincided with the phase of uncertainty following the court decision.
Schuhbeck, who also spoke about his fear of prison during the trial, has appealed but could still withdraw this application.
When asked how things are going, he says: "I'll talk to my lawyer."