Switzerland has two of the world’s top five restaurants according to recently published rankings by “La Liste”. The Schauenstein restaurant in the small town of Fürstenau, a village of around 300 people sitting at 650m in the mountains of Graubunden in Switzerland, came in at number five, and the Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, in Crissier near Lausanne, grabbed the number one spot. A remarkable achievement for such a small nation. The other three countries represented among the top five were the US, Japan and France.
The Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, in Crissier has a long reputation for world class dining. The restaurant serves classic French food and has three Michelin stars. According to Michelin, the cost of dining there ranges from CHF 172 to CHF 375. The head chef Benoît Violier is a French-Swiss national born in the Charente-Maritime region of France. He has been in charge since 2012 after working with former culinary stars Frédy Girardet and Philippe Rochat who both ran the restaurant. The Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville has held three Michelin stars since 1998.
The Schauenstein restaurant also has three Michelin stars. This restaurant serves French cuisine at prices ranging from CHF 198 to CHF 249. The restaurant is in Schloss Schauenstein, which also has six guest rooms. Its chef Andreas Caminada is the youngest three-Michelin starred chef in Europe. Born in the Graubunden town of Ilanz in 1977 he is only 38 years old.
The two Swiss chefs are shown celebrating here in a Facebook post. Andreas Caminada is on the left and Benoît Violier is centre.
The Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier
The Schauenstein in Fürstenau
Busy Sunday! #schauenstein #schauensteinschloss #3michelin #50bestrestaurants #Worlds50best #fürstenau #graubünden #switzerland @gino.kasino Une photo publiée par Andreas Caminada (@andreas_caminada) le
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Laliste.com is based in Paris and was founded by Philippe Faure, a French diplomat, former CEO of Gault & Millau and head of the French Tourism Board. It has representatives in Argentina, Brazil, China, USA, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, UK, Russia and Switzerland. La Liste “ranks the rankings” by taking information on the world’s top 1,000 restaurants from various websites such as Trip Advisor and Yelp. It claims to remove national bias, manipulation and confusion to help diners make more objective choices.