News from SWISS Tourism. Dec 2012 issue

GaultMillau and Michelin 2013: 3 awards and 2 new stars for the Lake Geneva Region!
In the new editions of the GaultMillau and Michelin 2013 restaurant guides, issued within six weeks of each other this fall, the Lake Geneva Region comes out at the top of the Swiss ranking. For the first time, the 3 most prestigious GaultMillau awards go to chefs from the region. Benoît Violier, winner of the “Chef of the Year” award, continues to deliver excellence at the Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, which he took over from Philippe Rochat last April.
Three chefs from the Lake Geneva Region collect the most prestigious GaultMillau awards
The Lake Geneva Region has retained its status as the culinary capital of Switzerland, with a record number of restaurants recognized by the GaultMillau gourmet guide. This year again, the region tops the Swiss list with 1,324 points for a total of 96 awarded restaurants. And for the first time ever, the culinary guide’s three most prestigious awards were given to restaurants in the region. David Tarnowski (Le Montagne, Chardonne) was voted “Achiever of the Year for Western Switzerland”, while Georges Lelièvre (L’Union, Arzier) won the title “Discovery of the Year for Western Switzerland”. Yet the most coveted award is of course the “Chef of the Year”, which went to Benoît Violier just six months after he took over the legendary Hôtel de Ville in Crissier.Two new regional chefs join star-studded circle in the famous Michelin restaurant guide
With 19 stars for 14 restaurants, Vaud is the region with the most gourmet awards per capita. This year, two restaurants have each received their first star: Julien Retler (Petit Manoir, Morges) and Lionel Rodriguez (Trois-Couronnes, Vevey). Thanks to its culinary excellence, Benoît Violier’s Hôtel de Ville in Crissier will keep its third star despite the departure of Philippe Rochat and thus remains one of the top two restaurants in Switzerland.

Gastronomy and “art de vivre”, a focal theme of Lake Geneva Region tourism board
Gastronomy has always been a major communication theme for the Lake Geneva Region Tourist Office. With its local products, its wines, its Lavaux wine-growing region listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its exquisite gastronomy, the region is a true culinary paradise for guests from around the world.

More info and lists of the awarded restaurants

Benoît Violier and Philippe Rochat

Benoît Violier and Philippe Rochat

Lavaux UNESCO World Heritage

Lavaux UNESCO World Heritage

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