Kurhaus Restaurant Recipes - Heiligendamm, Germany
Written by Debra C. Argen   

Chef Steffen Duckhorn of Kurhaus Restaurant, Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, GermanyChef Steffen Duckhorn of the Kurhaus Restaurant Grand Hotel Heiligendamm in Germany shares his recipes for an elegant three-course menu.


I had a wonderful dinner at the Kurhaus Restaurant which features regional cuisine during my stay at the hotel in March 2008. Chef Steffen Duckhorn provided a fabulous introduction to the local products through his carefully selected tasting menus.

Chef Steffen Duckhorn of Kurhaus Restaurant, Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, GermanyAfter dinner, I had the opportunity to sit down and meet with Chef Duckhorn who joined the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm when it opened in 2003. In January 2008, he was promoted to the position of Executive Chef of all the kitchens. He came to the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm after honing his career with an apprenticeship in Frankfurt am Main, and worked on a cruise ship seeing all parts of the world before returning to Germany where he worked in Berlin at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski and at the Kempinski Bristol Hotel. When I asked him where his favorite place in the world is, he replied "At home with my family." Chef Duckhorn and his wife have three daughters, a 4-year old and 1-year old twins.

Chef Duckhorn likes German regional cuisine and also enjoys catering and banqueting, and said that the G8 Summit (held in 2007) was a wonderful event for him to showcase German regional cuisine. The hotel has herb gardens; there is fresh salmon from the Baltic Sea, delectable cheeses from the region, and a host of other specialty products making the region a culinary paradise.

When not working in the kitchen or spending time with his family, he enjoys riding his Honda CVR 600 motorcycle and listening to loud heavy metal music of Metallica, Man of War, and Panterra. His dream? Someday owning a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

He graciously shares his recipes for a tempting three-course menu to provide a delicious taste of the Kurhaus Restaurant.

The Menu

Celeriac Foam Soup with Quail Egg
(Schaumsuppe vom Sellerie mit Wachtelei)

Duet of Venison Tenderloin with Cabbage and Walnut Dumplings
(Duett vom Rehrücken mit Spitzkohl und Walnußknödeln)

Baked Pineapple with Passionfruit ice cream and Coconut
(Gebackene Ananas mit Passionsfruchteis und Kokos)

Celeriac Foam Soup with Quail Egg
For 4 People

Soup Ingredients:




Ml (16.9 ounces)

Whipping Cream


Ml (16.9 ounces)

Poultry stock





Cl (2.7 ounces)

White Port Wine


Grams (3.5 ounces)

Butter, Salt, Pepper

Method: Wash and peel the celeriac, and chop into walnut size pieces. Heat a pan with oil and then add the shallots followed by the port wine and simmer. Then add the poultry stock, and finish with the whipping cream. Cook the celeriac until tender. Add the cold butter and puree in a kitchen mixer. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Duet of Venison Tenderloin with Cabbage and Walnut Dumplings   

Venison Tenderloin Ingredients:


Whole Deer back



Cabbage, small, green and pointed


Shallots, and some smoked bacon or pork fat


Ml (10 ounces)

Dark beef broth

10 -15

Old rolls


Grams (7 ounces)

Walnuts, chopped


Eggs, Salt, Nutmeg, Pepper, Milk

Rosemary, Juniper, Butter, Bread crumbs

Method: Cut the deer meat into 4 portions of equal size. Wash the cabbage and cut the leaves to equal sizes. Add the chopped shallots and bacon or pork fat and cook; add white wine and beef broth and simmer. Add the salt, pepper, and a little juniper. Dice the old rolls, and add the chopped walnuts. Mix the eggs with warm milk and pour over the rolls and walnuts. Add enough milk to make a dumpling. Add the nutmeg, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Boil the dumplings in water.

Bake the venison with the herbs (rosemary and juniper)  for 15 minutes in a 180° C (350° F) oven. Remove the vension from the overn, and make a crust with the butter, breadcrumbs and rosemary and place on top of the venison. Return to the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes. Arrange nicely on a plate with some sauce, dumplings, and cabbage.

Baked Pineapple with Passionfruit ice cream and Coconut

Dessert Ingredients:  


Grams (5.3 ounces)






Grams (1.7 ounces)



Ml (3.4 ounces)

Sweet White Wine


Grams (1.7 ounces)

Coconut flakes





Pineapple, large and ripe



Passion fruit ice cream


Grams (10.5 ounces)



Grams (3.5 ounces)




Method: Make a batter of flour, sugar, coconut flakes and white wine. Peel the bananas, remove the core, and cut into pieces. Add the pineapple to the batter and deep fry until golden brown. Arrange on a plate and serve with a ball of the passion fruit ice cream and freshly grated coconut.

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Kurhaus Restaurant, Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, Germany
Kurhaus Restaurant

Grand Hotel Heiligendamm
18209 Heiligendamm, Germany
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