“We never thought the idea of being a ‘herb chef’ would take off like it has. Back then, it wasn’t just about being successful. The most important thing for us was to do something we were passionate about. Only then can you inspire other people. Herbs and what we call ‘weeds’ are almost the only plants which grow well at this altitude. It seemed like a crazy idea at the start, but over the years cooking with herbs has become my life philosophy.
We have now decided to slow things down a little at the Strumerhof and take fewer guests so it is easier for the next generation to take over. To be honest, we didn’t think it would be this hard. We like our guests and have known many of them for a long time, so it’s hard to tell some of them that we won't come back next year. On the other hand, it’s great to have a little more free time. We have worked very hard for the last 35 years, only taking the odd day or two off on special occasions. That was a luxury which we treated ourselves to in order to spend time together as a family. Compared with how busy we used to be, things are great now. We need the time to think things through and take the right decisions so the ‘new’ Strumerhof can grow and flourish – just like a plant.”
Anna Holzer – herb chef
Anna Holzer gained fame in her role as herb chef at the Strumerhof. After 35 years in the kitchen she is now passing on her spoon (and recipes) to her children, who will continue to run the guesthouse. In her new-found free time she plans to hold workshops on cooking with herbs.