Stephan Kriegelstein has been appointed Executive Chef at Original Sin Restaurant in Christchurch. Kriegelstein has spent the past 15 years cooking for some of the best award-winning restaurants in Europe, sharing kitchens with Michelin-starred chefs and developing a unique culinary style, using seasonal produce to create contemporary yet unpretentious dishes. 

His philosophy, ‘cooking is an expression of love, passion and joy of life’ can be found in every aspect of Stephan’s life. He began his career as a cook in the regional Bavarian restaurant Alpengasthof Sonnenhof. After finishing his traineeship, he started working in the restaurant of Colombi Hotel in Freiburg, which holds a Michelin star. Kriegelstein’s next steps took him to Switzerland to the renowned Grand Hotel Kronenhof and Hotel Waldhaus Sils Maria, after which he returned to Germany working for the prestigious Relais & Châteaux Hotel Vilino at Lake Constance.  

From 2010 to 2012, Stephan Kriegelstein worked with the famous German chef Hans Horberth at the Hotel im Wasserturm restaurant, which was awarded two Michelin stars whilst he was there. He then took on the role of Sous Chef in the well-known restaurant “La Vetta” at Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Switzerland.  

This is where he met Kristina, who was about to finish her culinary school at this time. From now on, they worked together at some of the best restaurants in Switzerland and Austria. Together they amazed their international guests at The Omnia Hotel in Zermatt Switzerland, where they got awarded with one Michelin Star by the Guide Michelin after just one year. Kristina and Stephan are a dream team behind the stove and in their private life, as they always followed the same dreams and share the same enthusiasm for cooking.

Both left Zermatt to fulfill one of their biggest dreams, a round the world adventure. During this time, they not only gained further experience, but their travels also broadened their culinary horizons. When winter season started in 2015/2016, they moved to Lech at the Arlberg region in Austria to start their new adventure at the Severin*s Alpine Retreat. With only 30 guests to serve, they created a “around the world” menu which was an expression of what they have seen on their trip around the world. 12 courses were served and guests had the opportunity “to go on a culinary world trip” in just one night.

After leaving Austria, they decided to move to New Zealand. “We have been here in 2015 and fell in love with the beauty of this country and the Kiwis. The options for us here are endless and we are excited to bring some good and honest food to Christchurch. For Original Sin, it is our aim to re-explore regional and traditional specialties, which have to be cultivated and developed. Our guests should receive a sophisticated insight into the Canterbury region, combined with the harmony of nature and the variety of food we have here. We will bring all our expertise to the Original Sin, using modern cooking techniques which will meet flavours from New Zealand and all over the world, only using the best produce from regional businesses and farmers. We will create classic dishes with a unique twist – with keeping our German background in mind.”