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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 5th March 2021

Fifth Michelin-Star - A First in Switzerland

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, one of Europe’s leading wellbeing & medical health resorts, has won another Michelin star – the fifth across the resort – achieving a world first in Switzerland.

It has been given to restaurant, verve by sven, cementing the resort’s reputation as a leader in gastronomy. This latest star complements the resort’s other restaurants, IGNIV and Memories, both of which have two Mitchelin stars each.

Launched alongside Memories in 2019 as part of Grand Hotel Quellenhof’s refurbishment project, verve by sven is centred around health and lifestyle cuisine, with an emphasis on sustainable sourcing and fair trade.

Culinary Director and creative head, Sven Wassmer, works with local growers and producers to offer a constantly evolving menu, with a focus on utilising seasonal produce from the hyper-local region to reduce food miles.

Speaking of verve by sven’s success in Michelin Guide 2021, Sven Wassmer said: "The star came quite unexpectedly, but it encourages me and my team to continue on the path we've chosen.

“We are convinced that we are on the right track and are setting new culinary milestones with verve by sven.”

After less than two years at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Sven Wassmer has succeeded in putting two newly launched restaurants on the gastronomic map for foodies, with an impressive three stars for himself and his team. "An insane achievement that we could only all achieve together," Wassmer says.

"This is an absolute stunner," says Marco R. Zanolari, General Manager of Grand Hotels at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz.

"The 5-star culinary world at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is scaling new heights with this honour."

The hotel director is proud of his brigade, "we congratulate Sven Wassmer, Sebastian Titz as well as Silvio Germann and their teams from the bottom of our hearts for this achievement."

With these successes, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz confirms its reputation as a unique culinary destination in eastern Switzerland.

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