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What is the Bavarian Chef?

That cozy-looking chalet near the Plow and Hearth outlet in Madison, Virginia—you pass it on Route 29 every time you drive between Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. It is The Bavarian Chef restaurant, founded by Eckhard and Bruni Thalwitz in 1974.

Attracted by the beautiful Blue Ridge mountain vistas, Eckhard and Bruni Thalwitz made Madison County their home after leaving their native Germany. They ran the restaurant for 13 years before turning over the reins to their son Jerome.  Today, Jerome and his team of chefs continue to dish traditional German favorites along with tempting daily specials that fuse classic and contemporary European cuisine.

In May 2010, Jerome and his wife Christine opened a second Bavarian Chef restaurant in the historic train station in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. Whether you join us in Madison or Fredericksburg, we hope you’ll enjoy the special recipes and traditions of our family’s culinary heritage.

Want to know more? Take a peek in this behind-the-scenes video to see what we’re all about!