Switzerland’s Victoria-Jungfrau Collection has announced the appointment of three new executives: Markus Iseli and Kerstin Rischmeyer as the new general manager and chef de cuisine, respectively, at Palace Luzern, and a new chef de cuisine, Patrick Walther, at Victoria Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken.
Markus Iseli will take over the GM post as of June 1. Prior to joining the Victoria-Jungfrau Collection hotel in Luzern, Iseli held positions at several hotels, including the InterContinental in Istanbul, the Four Seasons in the Seychelles and most recently at Shangri-La Hotel & Resort in Kuala Lumpur.
Rischmeyer takes over as chef de cuisine Palace Luzern’s classic yet contemporary restaurant, Jasper, where she has served as sous chef since 2009. She established her career in 1989 and worked as Chef de Partie at multiple hotels in Switzerland and Germany, including Hotel Albana, located at the foot of the Matterhorn mountain, Hotel Chesa in the village of Champfèr, and Hotel Giardino in the southern tip of Switzerland.
Sister hotel, Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, promotes Walther to chef de cuisine at the Jungfrau Brasserie. In this role, he will be responsible for the creation of the brasserie’s contemporary Swiss menu, currently featuring dishes such as Zurich-style veal with wild mushrooms, organic trout from Lake Blausee poached in lemon-thyme broth, and Lucerne cheese soup with fried ravioli. Walther launched his cooking career during an apprenticeship at the Restaurant Gallerie in Bern and has risen through the ranks at multiple hotels in Zermatt, Switzerland. Prior to joining Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, he served as head chef aboard the luxury cruise ship, MS Deutschland.
The Victoria-Jungrfrau Collection comprises four Swiss hotels, including Palace Luzern (Luzern), Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa (Interlaken), Eden Au Lac (Zurich) and Bellevue Palace (Bern).