FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Executive Chef Martin Göshel, Alpina Gstaad

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Sep 1, 2017
Food

A LOVE OF NATURE INSPIRES Chef Martin Göschel both in and out of the kitchen. When he’s not skiing, jogging or mountain biking, he’s bringing the character and natural surroundings of his region into his cuisine. As of May 1, 2017, that region is the surroundings of The Alpina Gstaad, where Göschel is responsible for the Michelin-starred Sommet and MEGU, Swiss Stübli, the Alpina Lounge, room service and banquet facilities.

Göschel began his career in 1993 at the two-star Michelin Restaurant Bareiss before becoming chef at Tigerpalast Varieté Theater in Frankfurt, where he spent nine years earning accolades and awards, including a Michelin star. He also served as executive chef at Hotel Paradies and Restaurant Alte Post before joining the team at Alpina Gstaad, where there’s a serious focus on cultivating local farmers, beef producers and artisanal cheesemakers while creating healthy, fresh and delicious offerings for guests.

WHICH DESTINATIONS INSPIRED YOU, AND HOW HAS THAT INSPIRATION TRANSLATED INTO YOUR CULINARY CONCEPTS?
Switzerland offers many exciting ingredients and products easy to integrate in my menus. The intense taste and excellent quality of the produce here is often due to the fact products grow more slowly at a certain high altitude. The wild herbs, the forest berries and, in autumn, the mushrooms all have an intense taste and smell. The cows, the lambs and the game are somewhat smaller than in other countries. You can taste the Alps in the tenderness of the meat. While there is a strong culinary legacy in Switzerland, today’s chefs have to think outside the box to make interesting dishes. Take a dish like Indonesian tempeh, which we make with the grain from this region.

WHOM DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR CULINARY HERO?
The chefs who created their own brand: Alain Ducasse, Paul Bocuse, Joel Robuchon, Hans Haas and Daniel Humm. I admire them for consistently believing in their own interpretations with seriousness, intensity and a drive for perfection. The fact they are recognized as their own brands is a grand achievement.

WHAT ONE PERSON MOST INFLUENCED YOUR COOKING STYLE, AND HOW?
Over my career, I’ve met many different kitchen chefs. I was able to learn important things from each. I’ve also had the opportunity to eat in a great many wonderful restaurants and found both the modern and classical ones exciting and inspiring. Through this combination of modern and classical, I found my own style. In addition to the award-winning chefs who I learned from, there were other supervising chefs who influenced me, like Robert Mangold, director, Tigerpalast Frankfurt, who has enormous expertise and a love of high-quality products but also never loses the sense of economic efficiency. The awareness of quality is still shaping me today.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD CITY?
One of my favorites is San Sebastián in the Spanish Basque country. There, the Michelin star density is high, and new techniques and methods always bubble out. Another is New York City, as there are so many different culinary concepts. Every trend is celebrated, and you can immerse yourself in so many different kitchens and styles.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NEXT BIG TREND ON THE FOOD SCENE WILL BE?
Tomorrow’s cuisine will be oriented more to the vegetarian and vegan. The healthy food trend is upon us. In my opinion, it is a natural, balanced and healthy diet for the body. It is clear sourcing local is more and more important.

THE ALPINA GSTAAD
Alpinastrasse 23
3780 Gstaad, Switzerland
tel 41 33 888 9888
thealpinagstaad.ch

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Jun 24, 2022

The Dean Galway Raises the Bar in Hospitality

The Dean Galway recently opened in the western coastal Irish city, making waves in the hospitality industry. Spanning 5,000 square feet, the property incorporates historic structures of the city, including part of the 19th-century Galway Clifden railway tunnel and a 19th-century stone building.

Los Cabos Sets Your Vacation Apart
from the Rest

Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.

Daily
Jun 24, 2022

CUT at 45 Park Lane Introduces Al-Fresco Dining

45 Park Lane recently opened CUT Terrace, a new alfresco dining experience created by Chef Elliot Grove. Featuring dishes from Wolfgang Puck’s CUT menu and drinks from BAR 45, Grove celebrates U.K. producers and flavors with each dish.

Daily
Jun 24, 2022

Food Tour on Amelia Island

Just north of the bustling city of Jacksonville on Florida’s East Coast, historic Amelia Island is a slower, dreamier destination — especially for food lovers. Fresh catch is always a great place to begin, but the island also offers a wide selection of specialty food shops, brewpubs and great restaurants well worth exploring.

Why the Future of Business Travel Might Look Different

Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.

Daily
Jun 23, 2022

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Completes Sea Trials

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated an exciting moment recently when Evrima, its inaugural yacht, completed a series of successful sea trials. On June 9, in Santander, Spain, Evrima reached what is considered one of the final shipbuilding milestones prior to launch with the sea trials, a series of tests carried out when the yacht is sailing on open waters. Captain Steven MacBeath led the trials, alongside a team of senior officers, engineers, contractors and shipyard staff.

eFlyer News
Jun 22, 2022

Luxury Max Beach Resort Opens in Daytona Beach, Florida

Max Beach Resort recently opened its doors in Florida’s Daytona Beach shores. As the area’s first professionally managed, short-term rental offering with enhanced guest amenities, the 12-story property sits on a stretch of East Coast beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

TAP Air Portugal’s Porto

When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.

eFlyer Deals
Jun 22, 2022

United, Chase and Visa Celebrate Pride Month with Cardmember Offer

Through June 30, United Airlines, Chase and Visa team up to reward cardmembers who donate to select non-profit organizations celebrating and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community. These organizations include The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign and StartOut.