Meet the Chef - Joachim Buchner, CMC

German born and trained, Buchner began his culinary career as an apprentice to Master Chef Fritz Ring in his native Nürenburg. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, he worked at the Düsseldorf Hilton and the ski resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

To broaden his horizons and in a quest for adventure, Buchner came to the U.S. in 1983. Through working in small specialty restaurants and large established hotels, he learned the ins and outs of the foodservice industry. His experience led him to open restaurants for several new hotels. 

In 1987, he returned to Germany to complete coursework and testing for his German Master Chef certification. Three years later he earned his Master Chef Certification from the American Culinary Federation, joining the ranks of fewer than 50 Master Chefs in the American Culinary Federation.

For the past 17 years, Chef Buchner practiced his craft at private clubs and was hired to be the Executive Chef at Mountain Lake in 2017.

Chef Buchner participated in many culinary competition activities, resulting in his earning a position on the U.S. National Culinary Olympic Team 2004, and 2008 which represented the U.S. in six international competitions, winning a total of 13 gold medals and 3 world championships.