"I always receive great quality with 1855 beef. The marbling is beautiful, and the taste is outstanding."
Executive Chef Peter Kaiser has led the team at Here To Serve’s Twist restaurant since its opening day in 2003, after establishing the company’s seafood-centric restaurant, Goldfish, as a defining force in Atlanta’s Perimeter-area dining. His innovative style and inventive tapas have made Twist one of the most popular spots in Atlanta. A native of Liechtenstein, Kaiser is a master of many culinary styles and has a strong background in French and German cookery.
His early career placed him in the kitchens of many notable restaurants, including Chez Max (a two-star Michelin-rated restaurant) and Barometer, both in Zurich. Kaiser moved to the United States in 1985, and in Atlanta worked for the famed Buckhead Life Restaurant Group before joining forces with Here To Serve founder and CEO Tom Catherall.
In addition to leading one of the busiest kitchens and most diversified menus in Atlanta, Kaiser is an avid distance runner and gardener. Kaiser also donates his time and skills to various charities for auctions such as Project Open Hand and The Atlanta Community Food Bank. He lives in Roswell with his wife, Valerie; they have two children, Danielle and Christian.
What do you like about 1855 beef?
Consistency. 1855 beef is consistent, tender and simply a great product.
How do your customers respond to having 1855 beef on your menu?
They appreciate the great cuts and flavor profile. I don't add a lot because it doesn't really need anything. The rich flavor of 1855 is delicious without a lot of seasoning.
Besides a traditional steak (NY Strip, Ribeye, Filet, etc.), what's your favorite cut of 1855 beef to prepare: favorite non-typical/unique cut?
Short ribs. They braise really well and are a nice, hearty option for the fall.
What's your favorite ingredient?
A good onion. I couldn't do without it in the kitchen.
What's in your fridge at home?
Good craft beer, at least four different kinds. And always great cheeses.
What would you choose as your last meal?
Spaetzle with unbelievable cheeses and smothered with caramelized onions.
What are your top 3 to 5 tips or suggestions you'd give novice cooks or cooks at home?
1. Before you host a party, try it on your own.
2. Make sure your grill is hot.
3. Good beef doesn't need a whole lot, so don't overdo it with spices.
4. Sear the steak to seal the flavor inside.