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Swiss Signature - the famous rösti

The signature dish of Head Chef Axel Rüdlin combines alpine culinary traditions with the finest regional products.

St Moritz, April 2014 - The worldwide task was to find a dish that guests love, everyone knows - a timeless dish with a connection to the destination. The choice was easy: everybody eats rösti in Switzerland – it is the traditional signature dish that is known all over the world.

Originally eaten by farmers for breakfast, over time it has become a dish for all to enjoy. It is believed that rösti is eaten only in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. It is portrayed as a stereotypical identifier of Germanic culture, as opposed to the Latin one. Axel Rüdlin, executive chef of the hotel adds, “the line separating the French and German speaking sides is jokingly called the Röstigraben, literally the "rösti ditch", and we are definitely located on the rösti side of Switzerland.”

Nowadays its popularity is unstoppable, you can find it in a smaller version as hash browns for breakfast, in ski huts and of course as the signature dish of Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. The new trademark is served with your choice of: mountain cheese and two fried eggs from Grison free range chickens; Grison ham or in the glamorous St Moritz style with fresh black truffles.

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Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is located right at the source of Lake St Moritz and is only a few minutes by foot from the famous lake with direct access to the slopes and mountain bike trails at Corviglia. Its184 rooms and suites offer great services including bathrooms with heated floors, 24-hour Room Service and concierge access, babysitter services and a special kid’s menus. You will be spoiled by its award-winning restaurants and alpine Kempinski The Spa with an indoor pool and extensive sauna landscape. The hotel also provides a sport shop, ski school and daylight banquet rooms with the full technical equipment.

Kempinski hotels

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 32 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014.


Edited by:

Betina Welter • Area Director of Public Relations • Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains
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