Switzerland: First Michelin Star Awarded for The Alpina Gstaad



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The Alpina Gstaad has been awarded one of the highest honors in gastronomy and the hospitality industry – its first Michelin Star.  Restaurant Sommet in this Swiss Alpine resort’s newest luxury hotel was recognized, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.  The Michelin Guide to Restaurants, known by food lovers as simply the “Red Guide,” suggests Sommet is a “good place to stop” on a traveler’s journey.

Executive Chef Marcus Lindner has been with Restaurant Sommet since The Alpina Gstaad opened in December 2012.  For 28 of his 33 years in the culinary field, Chef Lindner has held the title of head chef.  He has directed the kitchens of some of the Europe’s most renowned luxury hotels including the Grand Hotel Victoria-Jungfrau, Strandhotel & Restaurant Belvédère and the Kurhaus Baden-Baden.

Before joining The Alpina Gstaad, Chef Lindner was Executive Chef at Mesa, one of Zurich’s top restaurants where he earned two Michelin stars and 18 points from Gault Millau.  In 2010, Gault Millau also named him “Up and Coming Chef of the Year.”  In September, The Alpina Gstaad was voted “Hotel of the Year for 2013″ by the Swiss Gault Millau for its “world-class gastronomy.”

“We are immensely proud of this recognition from gastronomy’s unchallenged authority,” said Eric Favre, The Alpina Gstaad’s Managing Director.  “The entire team has put in tremendous effort and it is very gratifying that their hard work has been acknowledged, especially since the hotel has been open less than a year.”

The Alpina Gstaad, www.thealpinagstaad.ch