Ten Questions for Julia Kilarski
You are a law graduate. What was more difficult, studying law or your master confectioner exam?
As I’ve always found studying easy, I would say that the practical part of the master confectioner exam was the biggest challenge for me. I firmly believe that people deserve far more recognition for their vocational qualifications.
What did you want to be growing up?
I already had a mind of my own as a child and wanted to be my own boss.
What is your favorite sweet dish from the canon of Viennese cuisine?
Apricot-filled dumplings, Marillenknödel. They remind me of my childhood and combine the tastes that I love best: crunchy, sweet, slightly salty and very sour.
Your favorite spot in Vienna?
What is the smell of Vienna for you?
A big city that sometimes feels like a village. And lots of clarified butter, there’s nothing better.
What can only be found in Vienna?
Grumpiness with a certain charm.
Where would we find you privately?
Usually at one of my favorite haunts (Crème de la Crème, Skopik & Lohn, Café Kandl, Brösl and Calienna). At the moment, often at Schönbrunn Zoo or the House of the Sea with the children, or the Schönbrunnerbad open-air pool or the Prater amusement park. By night at the Konzerthaus or the State Opera, if I have time.
What was your biggest baking disaster?
There have been a few, it’s all part of it. But one major mess-up was when on the first day our guests mixed up the sugar for their coffee with the salt because the containers were confusing.
Which famous Viennese personality would you like to go out for a meal with?
The writer Wolf Haas or the rapper RAF Camora.
What do you show visitors to Vienna?
Kleines Café, Wirtshaus Zur Herknerin, the Giant Ferris Wheel and the State Opera House.
Interview: Susanne Kapeller