The famous star chef Heinz Winkler is dead. He passed away on Friday (October 29) at the age of 73. Previously circulating reports about Winkler's death have now been confirmed via the Facebook account of the Heinz Winkler residence in Aschau. It says, among other things: "Yesterday, Friday, October 28th, 2022, our boss, friend, companion, grandfather, father - Heinz Winkler died. A great person has left us. After a short, serious illness, his family said goodbye in deep sadness. [...] A legend of culinary art has died."
The Heinz Winkler residence was "his passion and his greatest life's work," it said. "This life's work will be continued in his spirit by his children, grandchildren, the mothers of his children and by his closest confidants."
In his decade-long career as a top chef, Heinz Winkler led several restaurants to numerous Michelin stars, including the famous Munich upscale restaurant Tantris. Since 1991, Winkler has been the head chef at Residenz Heinz Winkler in Chiemgau, where he maintained the status of a 3-star restaurant for many years and made it a popular hotspot for stars. In 2001, Winkler was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for his services in gastronomy.