Rising Star Chef Markus Glocker of Bâtard - Biography

New York, NY

September 2015

A summer job does not always a profession make. But for Markus Glocker, summers spent working at his uncle’s Austrian hotel were stepping stone to destiny. He knew right away he wanted to be in the family business—hospitality.

Except where his uncle took care of room, Glocker was more interested in board. He attended culinary school in Linz, Austria, and having already shown a talent and discipline suited to the fine art (Glocker studied classical music as a young student), he excelled under the singular pressures of the kitchen. After graduating, Glocker brought that joy-of-precision mentality to Restaurant Vier Jahreszeiten in Munich, Germany, where he worked as a commis chef.

Fully immersed in the industry, Glocker honed his skills everywhere he could, from three Michelin-starred Restaurant Eckart Witzigmann in Berlin to Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, and all the way back in Austria to work at the two Michelin-starred Restaurant Steirereck Vienna. Hopping the pond to the United States, Glocker made a name for himself at Gordon Ramsay’s New York flagship, where he earned a 2010 StarChefs New York Rising Stars Award. In 2014, Glocker joined forces with iconic New York restaurateur Drew Nieporent to open Bâtard, which earned the title of Jame Beard “Best New Restaurant” in 2015. At Bâtard, Glocker’s years of cooking crystallize with a cuisine defined as much by ebullient, rustic Austrian heritage as Glocker’s refined precision and an ingrained, family-style love of hospitality.