Switzerland is once again confirmed as a paradise for gourmets. And for the first time, the MICHELIN Star Revelation ceremony was held on 24 February in Ticino, where the city of Lugano welcomed over 400 guests.
Speaking about the 2020 selection, Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, commented: "The excellent and varied cuisine on offer in Switzerland can be found all over the country, from Zurich to Lugano, and from St. Gallen to Lake Geneva. And this is not the first time that our selection is a clear confirmation of the very high standard of Swiss gastronomy, as it has been steadily rising for years."
A major feature this year are two restaurants that have entered the MICHELIN Guide Switzerland and immediately been awarded two stars. The Maison Wenger in Le Noirmont (JU), which Jérémy Desbraux took over only last year, and Memories in the Hotel Grand Resort in Bad Ragaz (SG) with Sven Wassmer as head chef – incidentally this is the second two-star restaurant in the hotel.
The IGNIV by Andreas Caminada restaurants in both Bad Ragaz (head chef Silvio Germann) and Sankt Moritz (head chef Marcel Skibba) have moved up into the two-star category, and the focus here is on sharing. This trend, in which guests share dishes, is enjoying great popularity. Also in Sankt Moritz (GR), Da Vittorio, under the management of Enrico Cerea and Paolo Rato , has now been awarded two stars. Furthermore, Gasthaus Zur Fernsicht - Incantare in Heiden (AR), with Tobias Funke as head chef, has also been awarded a second star. Overall, the number of two-star restaurants has now increased to 22.
The three restaurants that already held three MICHELIN stars maintain these distinctions for 2020 and remain at the forefront of Swiss gastronomy: Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville in Crissier (VD), Schloss Schauenstein in Fürstenau (GR) and the Cheval Blanc by Peter Knogl in Basel (BS).
With 12 new one-star additions this year, the total number of establishments with this distinction that are recommended in the MICHELIN Guide Switzerland is now 97.
In Geneva and Berne, two establishments each received a new star. In Berne (BE) these are the restaurants Steinhalle and Zum Äusseren Stand, and in Geneva (GE) the restaurants L'Aparté and Fiskebar. Another star was awarded to the restaurant SENS 1605 in Davos (GR) led by chef Jeroen Achtien, whose restaurant Sens in Vitznau (LU) received a MICHELIN star last year.
Other newly awarded one-star restaurants are Le 42 in Champéry (VS), Le Pérolles in Fribourg (FR), Chesa Stüva Colani in Madulain (GR), Zum Löwen in Nänikon* (ZH), Jägerhof in Sankt Gallen (SG), dasRestaurant in Thun (BE), La Table d'Adrien in Verbier (VS) and finally the restaurant 1904 Designed by Lagonda in Zurich (ZH).
Michelin continues to promote the restaurant industry through four special awards. Marie Robert, chef of the Le Café Suisse, receives the MICHELIN Young Chef Award 2020 sponsored by BlancPain. Through her passion and commitment she is creating a quite feminine, sometimes cheeky, modern and very creative cuisine which is very detailed yet never losing sight of the products.
Marc ALMERT receives the MICHELIN Sommelier Award sponsored by Swiss Wine for his remarkable work at the Pavillon in Zurich. This enthusiast marvellously combines wines with the creations of chefs and accompanies customers with his services completing an exceptional culinary experience.
Ruth WIGET-KEISER works with passion at the two-star restaurant Adelboden in Steinen. During a subtle and charming service, she discreetly and elegantly weaves unique bonds with her clients through a memorable dining experience, and this year receives the MICHELIN Service Award 2020 sponsored by Pernod Ricard Swiss.
Last but not least, Andreas CAMINADA receives the MICHELIN Mentor Award sponsored by Sprüngli this year. His role as trainer and developer of gastronomic concepts, while always looking for talent, has today led to an equally exceptional result as three of his disciples — Silvio Germann of the Igniv in Bad Ragaz, Marce Skibba from the Igniv in St. Moritz and Sven Wassmer from the restaurant Memories — can now boast two MICHELIN stars.
The number of Bib Gourmand establishments in Switzerland is a reflection of the vibrancy and variation of the Swiss gastronomic scene, and among the 143 restaurants listed in the Guide there are 15 new additions. This popular award, represented by the face of the Michelin Man "Bibendum", who licks his lips with relish, recommends restaurants that offer carefully prepared meals that are particularly good value for money. A three-course meal (starter, main course and dessert) is available for a maximum of 70 Swiss francs.
Also new in the MICHELIN Guide Switzerland 2020 are longer descriptive texts for one-star restaurants. The previous edition of the MICHELIN Guide presented the two- and three-star restaurants with longer descriptions, and now the establishments awarded one star are also presented in more detail. This offers readers more in-depth information about the cooking style, philosophy, atmosphere and specialties of these restaurants.
The MICHELIN Guide Switzerland 2020 will be available from 27 February at a price of 39 Swiss francs (29.95 euros in Germany and 30.80 euros in Austria). This latest edition recommends a total of 632 restaurants and 215 hotels, and the dining establishments recommended by the MICHELIN Guide ranges from country inns to gourmet restaurants.
*Zum Löwen in Nänikon will reopen in March with a new, simpler concept. The restaurant will be re-evaluated for the 2021 edition and still appears with a star in the print edition but will no longer be listed on the website
The MICHELIN Guide Switzerland 2020 in figures:
New Star Restaurants 2020:
IGNIV by Andreas Caminada, Bad Ragaz (SG)
Memories, Bad Ragaz (SG)
Gasthaus Zur Fernsicht – Incantare, Heiden (AR)
Maison Wenger, Le Noirmont (JU)
Da Vittorio, Sankt Moritz (GR)
IGNIV by Andreas Caminada, Sankt Moritz (GR)
Steinhalle, Bern (BE)
Zum Äusseren Stand, Bern (BE)
Le 42, Champéry (VS)
Sens 1605, Davos (GR)
Le Pérolles, Fribourg (FR)
Fiskebar, Genève (GE)
L’Aparté, Genève (GE)
Chesa Stüva Colani, Madulain (GR)
Jägerhof, Sankt Gallen (SG)
dasRestaurant, Thun (BE)
La Table d’Adrien, Verbier (VS)
1904 Designed by Lagonda, Zürich (ZH)
New Bib Gourmand Restaurants 2020:
Belfort, Alvaneu (GR)
Muntanella, Arosa (GR)
L’Écorce, Carouge (GE)
Le Vallon, Conches (GE)
PINOT, Fläsch (GR)
Chesa, Flims (GR)
Café des Banques, Genève (GE)
Puccini Café, Genève (GE)
Buech, Herrliberg (ZH)
Alpenrösli, Klosters (GR)
Brücke, Niedergösgen (SO)
Les Fourneaux du Manège, Onex (GE)
Ustria Posta Veglia, Schluein (GR)
Aroleid Kollektive, Zermatt (VS)
Rigiblick Bistro, Zürich (ZH)
For all Swiss Bib Gourmand restaurants click here.