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How Michelin-Starred Swiss Chef Stefan Wiesner Is Changing The Culinary Game

How Michelin-Starred Swiss Chef Stefan Wiesner Is Changing The Culinary Game


The Forest Chef, the Kitchen Alchemist, and the Sorcerer are just a few nicknames given to Swiss Chef Stefan Wiesner. At his Michelin Star restaurant, Gasthaus Rössli, located in the beautiful town of Escholzmatt, he is serving up Swiss nature on plates. Most of his dishes are composed of 100% natural ingredients. Chef Wiesner truly knows the essence of each plant by heart when he searches the forests for ingredients. According to him, the products that grow right in his own backyard are just as exotic as those that grow somewhere in the tropics.

Watch this video below and you’ll see how he has fun using very non traditional ingredients in order to bring out the most extraordinary flavors. The most fascinating process, in my opinion, is when he leaves pieces of pumpkin lying on ant piles for a few days. There is a method to his madness, however, as he believes the ants give the pumpkin an added flavor. “Ants have a wonderful citrus taste because of all the formic acid they produce. Better than lemons!”

He also cooks with almost all the trees that grow in Switzerland since most of them are edible. The trees aroma will be captured in the dishes he creates. Chef Wiesner works his magic in an old barn where he stores his ingredients. Amazingly, he uses pine that dates back to the Stone Age (14,000 years old!) which was found in a prehistoric forest, buried in loam. This is used to smoke ingredients. He also finds use for rusty nails, horseshoes, and even stones. This inventive chef turns them into flour!

A visit to his award winning restaurant will certainly be a memorable one. You can choose between multiple course set menus that are always seasonal, along with vegetarian and vegan dishes. He’s quite the showman, for example, he will prepare bone marrow in full view of the guests who literally (and figuratively) eat it up!

Along with magnificent meals served on tree bark and moss patches, indoors and outdoors, there are plenty of more reasons to visit Gasthaus Rössli. He offers various cooking classes for eager guests looking to learn from his unique expertise. He has a legendary sausage workshop, along with a natural alchemical kitchen class. However, if you’re very serious about training under him, you can take part in either his daily, weekly, or four-week internships!

Be sure to subscribe to the DW Euromaxx Youtube Channel to discover more exciting foodie and travel related videos. And if you find yourself in Switzerland, be sure to visit Chef Stefan Wiesner’s spectacular restaurant and enjoy tasting his one-of-a-kind biosphere dishes!

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Crystal A Gempko
    June 13, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Wow! I’ve never heard of anything like this. This was a really awesome read.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 14, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      So glad you enjoyed reading!

  2. Geeky Daddy
    June 13, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Sounds like a real unique place to visit

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 14, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Yes, his restaurant is unbelievably unique!

  3. Stine Mari
    June 14, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Oh wow that really is something special. Although I don’t think I could eat the ants (not really sure if he serves them too, but still)
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    • Carmen Edelson
      June 14, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Thankfully, he doesn’t serve the final pumpkin dish with the ants on it! Ha.

  4. Amy (Savory Moments)
    June 14, 2019 at 6:59 am

    What a cool chef and a neat experience to be able to eat his creations!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      June 14, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      It’s a really amazing experience!

  5. Kasey Ma
    June 14, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Wow, this looks like such a unique experience. I wonder if I can convince any of my friends to do this with me! Haha

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 14, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      You totally should!

  6. Nene
    June 14, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    This was such a good read.. never even heard of it. I have never tried bone marrow before but heard about it and wanting to give it a try

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 14, 2019 at 12:51 am

      Thank you so much for reading!

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