Chef Wanted: Blaue Gans Update

by in Shows, April 11th, 2013

Chef WantedBlaue Gans, German for “blue goose,” is a Wirtshaus-style restaurant in New York City serving modern Austro-German cuisine. It is one of five establishments owned by esteemed chef and published cookbook author Kurt Gutenbrunner. After promoting the restaurant’s current chef to oversee all operations, Kurt needed a new chef for Blaue Gans, so he turned to Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team for help. Four candidates were brought in, and after two rigorous cooking tests and two dinner services, an offer was extended to Chef Carsten Vollrath.

Originally from Germany, Chef Vollrath has been living and working in the United States for the past 10 years. He has wanted to become a chef since the age of 17, and he’s always dreamed of coming to New York City. He thinks Blaue Gans will become his new home away from home.

For the first test, the chefs had to make a high-end goulash. Chef Vollrath made a goulash with pork instead of beef. Kurt and Anne thought it was prepared well. For the second test, the chefs had to create a dish using organ meat. Chef Vollrath made bacon-wrapped veal kidneys with candied Brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes. Time issues got the best of the chef, and the dish didn’t turn out as he had hoped. Kurt and Anne weren’t happy with the execution, but they appreciated his effort and thought he deserved to make it to dinner service.

Pre-shift started out fine for Chef Vollrath, but he had to fix an issue with the carrot-ginger soup, which Kurt thought lacked flavor. Last-minute alterations put the chef behind, and the soup ended up becoming too overpowering. Kurt eliminated the soup from the menu and asked the chef to come up with a new appetizer on the fly. At one point Kurt even stepped in to help Chef Vollrath with expediting the dishes. Halfway through service, Chef Vollrath got a handle on things and was able to finish strong without the extra help. In the end, Kurt offered him the position of executive chef at Blaue Gans.

FN Dish caught up with Carsten since the show taped. Watch the video above to find out what he’s currently doing. Carsten didn’t end up taking the job at Blaue Gans. He recently moved his family to Atlanta and hopes to one day open his own cafe. He’s thankful for the opportunity of doing the show, the experience he had and everything he’s learned from Anne.

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Comments (62)

  1. Harold says:

    After watching some of these shows, I have one observation. I would not eat anything that comes out of Anne Burrell's kitchen. With that hair, and no hair net how do you expect anyone to take these shows seriously. That is ahealth code violation in any state

  2. patsy says:

    Boy do I AGREE with Pam. Im so tired of hearing how these contestants are applying for these positions and saying how much their lives are depending on them only to find they dont take the job for whatever reasons! I served in a restaurant for 17 years under some pretty messed up conditions and my main objective was to do my job to the best of my ability, support my family , collect my paycheck, shut the hell up, and not let my ego interfere with my work. What is going on with the basic work ethic in our restaurants! Im afraid this show is nothing more than just another reality drama program that has nothing to do with actual dedication to the job of working in the food industry.

  3. tamar says:

    how come the winners never take the job? whats the point of the show then?

  4. Jeanette says:

    I knew right away when the chef put the plastic bag in water that the bag would melt and I am not a cook.
    How could he be a chef!

  5. TNLindaLou says:

    What a surprise…another chef turning down the job. I had two other episodes recorded to watch, but decided to check on the updates before viewing. Once I saw that both of these chefs also turned down the jobs I deleted the shows before watching. I will NOT bother watching anymore of Chef Wanted! This show ranks right up there with two other FAKE Food Network shows I used to watch (Restaurant Stakeout and Mystery Diners).

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