Grilling or barbecuing is not just a way to use fire to cook food – for us it is a way of life. We adore the highest quality meat, the tastiest fish and particularly unusual dishes such as goose and red cabbage, fallen pineapple cake or pizza. Regardless of the season, we can imagine nothing better than to be in the open air, a delicious drink in hand, standing at the grill, smoker, OFYR or beefer.
The team comprises Mario Niessen, with thirty years' experience as master butcher and grill chef, Alexander Zimmer, who, ever since he chewed his baby crusts, loves nothing better than to sit by an open fire eating and drinking and finally Joanna Lachnit, the friendly spirit of the Manor and our first class wine and dessert specialist.
That’s the reason we created the Grill Academy or Barbecue College in the unique environment of the old Coach House beside Marienburg Manor in 2012. We also share another passion since 2015: Searching for the best steak of the world. For that reason we are dry aging – over and over again – various beef races and pieces and let you be part of it evaluating the results.
Our old Coach House is perfectly suited for celebrating small but exquisite birthday parties, family get-togethers or team meetings. Calm background music, culinary highlights from the grill for groups up to 30 people in a beautiful setting with a wonderful garden and pond. We would love to help you work out all the details for your celebration.
From wild duck breast to wild burgers. We show you how the deer jumps on the grill. Look forward to delicious ideas.
Crispy goose, red cabbage and grilled napkin dumplings. Who would have thought that you could also cook it on the grill?
Let yourself be enchanted: three courses in which you will get to know salmon, lamb and duck in a completely new way.
Alex – our boss – worked with the multi-national pharmaceutical company, Bayer, primarily in the Animal Health Division, in key financial and administrative roles for over a decade, both in Germany and the USA. In 2005 he founded the Junior Management School, in 2011 he started to conceptionally create all offers in the Marienburg Monheim and his signature can be found in many details. Alex was born in 1974 and is currently seeking the title of World’s Best Dad to Henri and Mimi. Mad about basketball since he was six years old, he loves animals and the natural environment and enjoys nothing better than cooking or barbecueing up a storm for his friends, family, office colleagues and clients. A dedicated gardener and an entrepreneur with his whole body and soul.
Joanna has been with us since 2012. She is our Senior Event Manager and leads us with a creative, catering-oriented mind. As sommelière she looks after the Wine cellar with a passion. Born in Krosno, Poland, life brought her to Germany in 2000. Married with two fine boys, Joanna loves to cook and has to have at least ten projects running simultaneously to be satisfied. She’s also a Yoga Master.
Mario and Alex got to know each other in 2007 during a philosophical chat at the Manor about the topic of steak in general – and meat quality world-wide. The conversation ended with Mario and Alex each declaring that the other was *a complete a**hole with both sporting huge grins. Two months later Mario came to the Manor, slapped six finely aged T-bone steaks down on Alex’s desk and with a few choice words demanded he try them. The rest – as they say – is history: this was the beginning of a great friendship. We have since convinced Mario to leave his own successful business and join our organisation as of June 1st 2016. As head butcher, cook and barbeque master Mario brings with him generations of family tradition in the butchering business, heaps of energy and a tremendous depth of knowledge to our team. Besides his cooking and butchering he takes great care of his hobby – hunting – as well as his lovely wife and his faithful hound.
Michael turned his hobby into a profession more than 25 years ago, recently developed his own cooking classes, wrote recipe books and is certified by Weber as Grillmeister up and down. In August 2017, his path miraculously led to us. At the right time. Now he prefers to work practically directly on the grill or stove and learns from us that sometimes you just have to feel with the pliers and you do not need a core temperature gauge. Always having fun - even at his own expense, he enjoys entertaining our guests and cooks and gratifies them with great passion that you can taste. He is bubbling with new ideas and that makes us happy. With Mario he has already developed a healthy hate love, which must be under artists probably like that. Has an infinite espresso consumption and has revived our team. In addition to his fighting dachshund Tyson, Michael also loves skiing, motorsport and his mountain bike.