Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

Kai Autenreith

Kai Autenreith

Executive Chef Terra Four Seasons Santa Fe

In his first Executive Chef role in the US, Autenrieth oversees Terra restaurant, one of Santa Fe’s premier dining destinations serving contemporary American cuisine while incorporating New Mexican influences. Chef Autenrieth has a distinct global perspective and command of international flavour profiles to Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, building upon a culinary trajectory of 19 years that has traversed Tanzania, Saint Lucia, Australia, St. Maarten, Bermuda and the UK. Most recently Chef Autenrieth was Executive Sous Chef at Four Seasons Resort Nevis in the West Indies where he spent three and a half years honing his skills in fine dining with a special focus on locally-sourced seafood and hands-on guest experiences such as diving for lobsters followed by interactive cooking classes. Originally from Germany, his culinary resume would be the envy of any travel junkie. Before Autenrieth began working on the resort’s new menu, he was on a quest to become an expert in the Northern New Mexican food culture. He spent months researching the local cuisine, visiting farmers markets, talking with local suppliers, eating at area restaurants, and collaborating with the Four Seasons Resort staff. Autenrieth describes his culinary style as “diverse” and enjoys mixing Indian, Asian, and Caribbean flavors in his cooking. His new dinner menu features many eclectic dishes combining these influences with New Mexican cuisine, such as a jerk spiced prime rib with a Hatch chile steak sauce (only offered on Friday and Saturday evenings).

Kai has worked from Tanzania to Bermuda, most recently in Nevis in the West Indies.