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Restaurant St. Hubertus

St. Hubertus

The Chef

Norbert Niederkofler

South Tyrol may only be a small region of Italy, near the Austrian border, but twenty of its restaurants have managed to achieve twenty-three Michelin stars. This makes it one of the most competitive culinary hotspots in Europe, and the two-starred St Hubertus, run by Norbert Niederkofler, is seen as one of the area’s best.

Norbert was born in 1961 in Luttago, a small town right in the heart of the Dolomites. His parents owned a hotel for the skiers in winter and climbers in summer, and he was always exploring the outdoors. Norbert loved the local wild berries, which were full of flavour thanks to the region’s volcanic soils, and the freshwater fish which could be caught from the rivers and streams. However, despite his love for South Tyrol, Norbert desired to see the rest of the world: ‘I wanted to become a chef so I could travel,’ he tells us. ‘I was tired of looking at mountains all the time, so I left the first chance I got.’