After completing an intensive 3 year classical culinary apprenticeship at the restaurant Foerenhof in Garmisch, Partenkirchen, Germany, Herbert Barnsteiner spent the next 8 years gaining extensive culinary experience in some of Europe’s top restaurants and hotels in Switzerland and Germany including a 2-star Michelin restaurant in The Black Forest, Hotel Bareiss.
After immigrating to Canada in 1988, Herbert held top positions starting at Movenpick York st. (Head-Chef 88’-94’) then onto trendy Acqua. After Acqua, Herbert worked 4 years with the Oliver/Bonacini Group becoming Executive Chef for 2 years with popular Jump restaurant.
Following Jump, Herbert and his wife Michelle made a decision to give Herbert a stage for his culinary talents and open up their own restaurant.
Herbert and Michelle opened up the Corner House July 5, 1999.
With Michelle running the front of house, corporate, special events and marketing, and of course Herbert doing his wonders in the kitchen… they had a powerful jump-start and created a very unique and loyal following which blossomed into a beautiful 15 year run.
Herbert and Michelle decided to take a well deserved break and after a lengthy journey, finally landed at the corner of Yonge st and 1 Balmoral Ave opening “BARNSTEINER’S”.
Chef Barnsteiner has been featured on:
Christine Cushing Show
Mike Bullard Show
ALSO FEATURED ON HGTV AND – LIFE NETWORK
JOANNE KATES – GLOBE AND MAIL.
“IN TOP 9 RESTAURANTS OF TORONTO”
Top Ratings – ZAGAT
Top Ratings – TripAdvisory
Top Ratings – Open Table
VILLAGE POST (Post city magazines) – 4 star –
TORONTO LIFE – Most Romantic restaurant in Toronto – several times over.
The Barnsteiner’s have donated and been inspired by the following:
SECOND HARVEST, SICK KIDS HOSPITAL, THREE TO BE, TARRAGON THEATRE, TORONTO TASTE.