Manuel Ressi
Proprietor of the Bärenwirt in Hermagor

To hold one’s ground in the tri-border area Italy, Slovenia and Austria when it comes to culinary delights is not easy considering the region’s many typical delicacies.

One who has definitely succeeded is Manuel Ressi. Even the elite of Austria’s young chefs, like Thomas Dorfer, Sivio Nickol or Andreas Döllerer, hold Carinthia’s Local Hero, who runs the Bärenwirt in Hermagor together with his team, in high esteem. Ressi worked eleven years as sous-chef of Heinz Reitbauer jun. at the Wiener Steiereck. A career in Austria’s temple of fine dining was on the horizon. But Manuel decided to return to Hermagor with his own team to use the wide range of culinary possibilities there, and to bring a breath of fresh air to the region. He settled in Hermagor together with his wife, Claudia, and their two daughters and took over the Bärenwirt.
Manuel’s excellent reputation was known before he arrived in Hermagor, and news spread quickly that there is a must-visit newcomer in the culinary scence in the Gailtal Valley.

Fried Branzino filet with Rosa di Gorizia, medlar, celery & hyacinth


His creations are definitely characterised by regional ingredients, and Manuel Ressi knows very well how to use them. "The abundance of regional products and ambitious producers is enormous", says Manuel. It is for this reason that he created a special summit menu for the region and the new magazine of the Nassfeld - Pressegger See and Lesachtal tourist region.

The well-structured summit menu is the frame for the presentation of the best ingredients. A course has been dedicated to each of the cardinal points and a selection of the diversity of this special region is served on a total of four plates.

Marinated black salsify with sweet chili, organic chicken candied in alpine butter & crunchy spelt


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