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Zermatt: yet again a top gourmet destination

Zermatt is Switzerland’s gourmet Alpine village par excellence. The Gault Millau gastro guide now lists 18 restaurants (+1) in Zermatt. On 3 October 2011, the establishments were awarded a total of 246 Gault Millau points. This will be able to be read in the 2012 Gault Millau gourmet bible for a whole year.

Hotel Matthiol made headlines with the presence of film director Marc Forster at its opening in December 2010, but it is now clear that more than names and hotel design are making an impression. The gourmet experience, newly awarded 13 Gault Millau points, is also highly regarded.

“With its 18 restaurants listed in the Gault Millau guide, Zermatt is at a supreme level of gastronomy,” says Heinz Rufibach, president of the Cercle de Chefs de Cuisine Zermatt, adding, “The wonderful thing about Zermatt is that everyone makes the maximum effort and so synergies develop.”

Changes compared to the 2011 Gault Millau guide: the Mountain Restaurant Findelhof in Findeln in the hills above Zermatt has gained 1 point (now 14 points). The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof has lost 1 point and now holds 13 points. The 2011 Gault Millau listed 17 restaurants with a total of 233 Gault Millau points.

Zermatt has 126 hotels, 100 restaurants in the village and more than 50 mountain restaurants in the hills above. With 16 points, the ristorante Capri in the hotel Mont Cervin Palace has the highest classification in the village. The guide Gault Millau writes about it: "The ones who look for the best Italian in Switzerland can find it at the bottom of the Matterhorn."
Hotel paradise for gourmets
The 2012 edition of the guide also lists the 100 best Gault Millau hotels in Switzerland. Zermatt now boasts no fewer than eight of these: the Matthiol, which is new, and those previously included: the Alpenhof, Cervo, Mirabeau, Mont Cervin Palace, Post, Schönegg, Riffelalp and Zermatterhof. The gastro guide lists over 800 restaurants and 100 hotels throughout Switzerland in its annual German and French-language editions.

18 chefs at the 2012 Swiss Food Festival
The organizers of the Zermatt Swiss Food Festival are already looking forward to the 2012 edition of the Swiss Food Festival, when not 17 but 18 chefs and their teams will be present at the Gault Millau Kitchen Party. The festival will be staged in Zermatt from 10 to 12 August 2012. By then at the latest – and already throughout the year – Zermatt’s irresistible cuisine will be in enchanting competition with experiences on the ski pistes and hiking trails.

Zermatt gourmet locales

Grandhotel Mont Cervin Palace, Restaurant Le Capri  16 points
Hotel Alpenhof, Restaurant Le Gourmet 15 points
Hotel Mirabeau, Restaurant Le Corbeau d'Or 15 points
Grandhotel Schönegg, Restaurant Gourmetstübli  15 points
Bergrestaurant Findlerhof   14 points (+1)
Hotel Mont Cervin Palace, Grill Le Cervin    14 points
Bergrestaurant Zum See 14 points
Hotel Cervo  13 points
Restaurant Chez Heini  13 points
Restaurant China Garden 13 points
Restaurant Heimberg 13 points
Hotel Matthiol  13 points (new)
Restaurant Myoko 13 points
Hotel Post, Ristorante Portofino 13 points
Hotel Riffelalp Resort, Ristorante Al Bosco 13 points
Restaurant Sonnmatten  13 points
Bergrestaurant Chez Vrony 13 points
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, Fine Dining Prato Borni 13 points (-1)
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