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Learn more about The Driskill Grill's newest chef, Christian Apetz, and his favorite foodie treats!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Canadian Whiskey

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?


What does your family beg you to make at home?

Bleu cheese grits

Describe the best meal you've ever had.

A beautiful 12-course dinner in a tiny lodge in Oberlech, Austria.

What is your favorite local ingredient?

Round Rock Honey!

If you can make a meal for anyone, who would it be and why?

Ashley, my wife who stays home with our 3 kids and is married to a workaholic chef, deserves my “own special meal” more than anyone else I know!


About Christian Apetz:

Chef Apetz comes to The Driskill from the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa.

Chef Apetz has more than 22 years’ experience within the hospitality industry and has worked and traveled throughout the United States, giving him enviable first-hand experiences cooking regional American cuisine. His travels indulged his love of history and discovering new cultures, however his passion remains with Southern foods, flavors and traditions. At The Driskill, Chef Apetz combines his love of history and discovery to develop menus using products that are native to the Central Texas region and are farmed, raised, and harvested nearby

“The Driskill is an iconic hotel with an incredible history, and I’m thrilled to join the team and help continue telling its stories,” said Executive Chef Christian Apetz. “Growing up I developed a healthy respect for traditions and learning from those who know the local ingredients and products best. I’m looking forward to getting to know the community so I can further The Driskill’s commitment to authenticity and creating distinctive culinary experiences.”

Chef Apetz is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the dining operations for the hotel’s two restaurants, The Driskill Grill and 1886 Café & Bakery; menu service for The Driskill Bar; catering and events operations; and in-room dining.