Peter Kaiser to be Chef-Owner at Namesake Restaurant Opening in Spring 2017
Kaiser’s Chop House is a collaboration from chefs Peter Kaiser and Kevin Rathbun. Located in Sandy Springs, the restaurant was designed by The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry.
The interior is modern, chic. A custom-built walnut bookshelf divides the bar from the dining room. The floor to ceiling wine cellar is made entirely of glass, making it a functional, sleek and distinguished addition to the restaurant. Spherical chandeliers dimly light the dining room with a classic ambiance, and wooden tables and booths fill the space.
Chef Peter Kaiser has been part of the Atlanta dining scene for over 30 years, working at some of the top rated restaurant groups and with the best chefs in the city. His impressive history of success and outstanding reviews has made Peter Kaiser one of the most respected chefs in Atlanta.
Kaiser grew up in Liechtenstein with his family who owned a cafe and grocery. He apprenticed for a pastry chef for three years before landing another apprenticeship at one of Liechtenstein’s top French restaurants, Real. After realizing he prefered cooking to baking, Kaiser embarked on his culinary journey. Kaiser’s first real job in the kitchen was at the elite resort restaurant Alpine Rose in Gstaad Switzerland where he was a line cook. He took this experience to his next opportunity, the Guide Michelin restaurant Chez Max in Zurich. Kaiser spent two years at Chez Max, including traveling around the world with owner Max Kell, before settling in the United States.
Kaiser officially called Atlanta home in 1986 where he was introduced to chefs Paul Albrecht and Pano Karatassos of Buckhead Life Group. Soon after, he was hired by the group as a sous chef at Capriccio (now Pricci). Albrecht and Karatassos quickly noticed Kaiser’s abilities in the kitchen and offered him the opportunity of executive sous chef at the prestigious Pano’s and Paul’s. In 1995, Kaiser took over as executive chef at the Buckhead Diner. He returned to Pano’s and Paul’s, after Albrecht’s retirement, as executive chef in 1998. Kaiser’s next venture was with Here to Serve Restaurant Group and owner Tom Catharall in 2001 as executive chef of Goldfish. Once Goldfish took off, Catharall chose Kaiser to establish and open a new restaurant, Twist, and eventually take the helm as executive corporate chef.
In 2017, Kaiser is fulfilling the lifelong dream of opening a restaurant with his own namesake, Kaiser’s Chophouse, in collaboration with friend of over 20 years, Kevin Rathbun.