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Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

  • 198 State Road 592, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87506, U.S.A.

Kai Autenrieth

Executive Chef
“For me, the most important part about being a chef is the freshness of the products I work with. I enjoy creating new combinations, experimenting with bold flavours and different cooking techniques such as molecular or sous-vide cuisine.”


Four Seasons Tenure

  • Since 2013
  • First Four Seasons Assignment: Senior Sous Chef, Four Seasons Resort and Nevis

Employment History

  • Four Seasons Resort Nevis; Planhotel & Resorts Zanzibar/Tanzania; Jade Mountain Resort St. Lucia; Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa Grand Cayman; Fourways Inn & Cottage Colony, Bermuda; Christies Bar & Restaurant, Guernsey; Arabella Sheraton Davos; Hotel Central Am See, Switzerland


  • Ulm, Germany


  • Culinary School Bad Wörishofen/Germany

Languages Spoken

  • German, English

Chef Kai Autenrieth brings a distinct global perspective and command of international flavours to Terra, the signature fine dining restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe.  A well-travelled chef, Kai has explored, evolved and refined his style of cuisine through roles in Tanzania, St. Lucia, Australia, St. Maarten, Bermuda and the UK, and his extensive knowledge of international cuisines are on display at Terra Restaurant, where he curates a vibrant, contemporary menu inspired by his northern New Mexico surrounds.

His curiosity and love of food began as a child where he foraged for mushrooms in the forests outside of Munich.  He attended culinary school in Bad Wörishofen, Germany, and landed his first professional position as a pastry chef in Switzerland.  Most recently, Chef Autenrieth was the 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 and interactive cooking classes.

Chef Kai Autenrieth lives in Santa Fe with his wife and children.  In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, travelling and spending time with family.