Kitchen god, original Bavarian, and - as he himself said about himself in court - rather not a good businessman: that is Alfons Schuhbeck. But it doesn't work that well, because anyone who has earned millions with pasta water salt and erotic curry must have understood how to do business. "Schuhbeck has lined up one company after the other," says stern editor Denise Wachter in the 386th episode of the podcast "important today". Schuhbeck had a cooking school, an event theatre, two restaurants (the Orlando and the Südtiroler Stuben) - that's what tax evasion is all about - an ice cream shop, seven spice shops and a catering service, and was also a long-time chef for FC Bayern. Wachter: "He built up a huge empire and maybe it went to his head."
At the latest after his confession last week in the mockingly titled "ginger trial", it is now clear that Schuhbeck is said to have concealed income in his restaurants. It is probably about 2.3 million euros. According to his own statements, he committed the act to "support his children in their education". He takes responsibility for this alone, but Denise Wachter says in the podcast that we now know that money was taken out of the till in his restaurants even on days when Schuhbeck was not there. "Schuhbeck is a good speaker, an entertainer. You can see that in the court proceedings. He then starts talking about the history of ginger, which is sacred to him," says Wachter. The fact that Schuhbeck speaks at all may help him in the process, but a prison sentence is usually certain for tax evasion of more than one million euros. Schuhbeck himself said last week: "I am aware that I am threatened with imprisonment."
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