Pastry Chef Benjamin Kunert of Atlantis by Giardino - Biography

Zürich, Switzerland

September 2016

Born to German parents in America, Benjamin Kunert has lived in California, South Africa, and Germany. Back in his parents’ home country he studied at university and inadvertently discovered his passion for the kitchen and pastry. 

Forgoing formal training, Kunert worked for three years at a traditional hotel in the German Alps. He then moved to the pastry team at the Michelin-starred Hotel Traube Tonbach in the Black Forest, during which time he earned valuable skills and a mentor in Pastry Chef Pierre Lingelser. Further stints at Silk in Frankfurt and the two-star Villa Rothschild helped him develop a foundation and enable his idiosyncratic style. 

Now settled in Zurich, Switzerland, Kunert leads the pastry team at Atlantis by Giardino. His desserts have an emotive context, bringing back memories of flavors and experiences of times past. A practiced competitor, he will represent Northern Europe—with an arsenal of seasonal ingredients and Guanjara chocolate—in the Valrhona C3.