Foodie Buzz: Alpina Gstaad Gets Executive Chef


Good news for foodies in Switzerland: Next month, Marcus Lindner will take on the role of Executive Chef for The Alpina Gstaad, the first luxury hotel to be built in 100 years in Gstaad. (The hotel itself will not open until December 1.) Chef Lindner will be responsible for the cuisine of the five-star property’s three restaurants: the first European outlet of MEGU, a Japanese restaurant; a traditional Swiss stübli, and an all-day dining restaurant that will offer an international menu. He will oversee the menus of the Bar-Lounge, the Dining Terrace and all banqueting facilities.

Chef Lindner has held the title of head chef for more than 27 years. He has directed the kitchens in hotels like the Grand Hotel Victoria-Jungfrau, Strandhotel & Restaurant Belvédère and the Kurhaus Baden-Baden.

Most recently, Chef Lindner was Executive Chef at Mesa, one of Zurich’s top restaurants, where he earned two Michelin stars and 18 points from Gault Millau. Before moving to Mesa, he was Executive Chef at the five-star Interalpen Hotel Tyrol in Telfs, Austria and the Michelin-star Hotel Hermitage, a Relais & Chateaux in Zurich. From 2000 to 2003, he held the same position at the Grand Hotel Park in Gstaad.

In addition to the three restaurants, the 56-room hotel will have a bar and lounge, a 21,000-square-foot Six Senses Spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a cigar lounge, a private cinema and a wine tasting room.

The Alpina Gstaad will be located at Alpinastrasse 23, 3780 Gstaad. For more information, visit

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