Has over 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Beginning his formal training at age 14, as a culinary apprentice at the exclusive Brenner’s Park Hotel located in Baden-Baden in the Black Forest. Lauer’s career has taken him throughout Germany and the United States as well as the Caribbean. He’s worked as an Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Manager of such highly acclaimed establishments as the popular Dorint Park Hotel and Hotel Coehnen in Germany and on ships of the Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Lauer, who has cooked for numerous celebrities including the former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, singer Gloria Estefan, tennis pro John McEnroe and comedian Jerry Lewis, literally grew up in the hotel and restaurant business. His parents owned and operated three restaurants in Germany’s Rhine Valley. Chef Lauer holds a Master of Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management and is recognized as a Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation and as a Certified Culinary Educator by the German Government; as well as a Certified Food and Beverage Executive by the American Hotel and Motel.