Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Friend and colleague earns title, "Chef of the Year for 2007"


Our friends at the Waldhotel Fletschhorn in Saas Fee, Switzerland just informed us that their Head Chef, Markus Neff, is now officially known as the best chef in Switzerland, according to the influential French restaurant guide Gault Millau. Neff recently received 18 out of 20 possible points, thereby earning him the Gault-Millau title, “Chef of the Year for 2007.”

Gault Millau's points are awarded strictly on the quality of the food with any comments about service, price or the atmosphere of the restaurant given separately.

Along with the "Chef of the Year" award, the Fletschhorn now holds 18 out of 20 possible Gault & Millau points. This is HUGE in the world of gastronomy. As of 2004, only two hotels have EVER received 20 points. Of course, the Fletschhorn is no stranger to cuisine and awards. In its Swiss edition for 2007, which lists just fewer than 800 top restaurants, Gault Millau said that Neff continues to follow in the footsteps of his tutor Irma Dütsch, who also won the title in 1994 at the same Waldhotel Fletschhorn. Recently, the well-known U.S. magazine, Wine Spectator, presented the Waldhotel with its “Award of Excellence 2006.” This is basically the equivalent of an Oscar for wine.

So, what’s it like on our hiking tours? Let me just say that we depend on people like Markus and the Staff at the Waldhotel Fletschhorn. I hope that Markus Neff’s award offers a small testimony to our hard-working friends and colleagues in Switzerland. Markus is a longtime friend and colleague of the Ryder-Walker family, and we salute him. Congratulations Markus!

If you would like to know more about the Gault-Millau rating system, or to find out which hiking tours visit the Fletschhorn, please contact us.