Chef Eduard Frauneder has over fifteen years of professional experience and is one of the youngest Michelin-starred chefs from Austria. He began his culinary career at age twelve, working alongside his father in the multiple bakeries and pastry shops he owned in Vienna. Edi’s passion for food was cultivated at an early age and has been the foundation for his promising career in the culinary world.
Eduard began his formal training at the Vienna Culinary Institute. He was trained in all aspects of the culinary arts and restaurant management, which he then built upon by completing an intense three-year program in the College of Hospitality and Tourism in the Vienna Culinary Institute.
After his studies, Eduard opened a concept restaurant, Bistro Andromeda, for the United Nations headquarters in Vienna. He remained the executive chef until taking the position of personal chef for the Austrian ambassador to the United Kingdom. From his exposure in the diplomatic world, Eduard developed a keen sense for haute cuisine and the urge to travel with his skills around the world.
In 2001, Eduard was invited to operate the private delegates dining room located in the German Mission to the United Nations building in New York City, where he remains active. He has served countless foreign dignitaries and ambassadors during his time as co-executive chef. As the popularity of modern Austrian cuisine grew, Eduard, with business partner Wolfgang Ban, opened Elderberry Catering to meet the high demands for their services.
After working in New York City for over eight years, Eduard and Wolfgang opened Seasonal Restaurant and Weinbar in October 2008. Bringing contemporary Austrian cuisine to a new level, Seasonal was awarded a Michelin Star and 25 food points from Zagat Guide in 2010 and 2011 and was named one of New York Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants” of 2010.
In December 2010, Eduard and Wolfgang opened their second restaurant, Edi & the Wolf, in New York City’s East Village. Inspired by “Heurigers,” the casual, neighborhood taverns popular in Ban and Frauneder’s native Austria, Edi & the Wolf offers a succinct and composed menu of rustic Austrian cuisine in a casual space.