The best of alpine cuisine
One Michelin star and 16 GaultMillau points!
With these awards, guests know they can expect an incomparable treat. With the Alpine Gourmet concept, the chef and his team at the Prato Borni restaurant showcase regional products, refined to perfection and expertly and subtly combined.
“Happy guests are what’s most important!”
Heinz Rufibach, Chef de Cuisine in Zermatt
A enticing look at the menu and a selection of video statements on the philosophy of Chef de Cuisine Heinz Rufibach
The new speciality menu at the Alpine Gourmet Prato Borni restaurant showcases products from the Valais region, all prepared with a new and imaginative twist: modern, uncomplicated, light and always absolutely delicious. The Zermatterhof demonstrates on a daily basis that fine dining does not have to be French.
When it comes to good food and drink, the Valais is without doubt the richest and most blessed region in Switzerland. From the highest peaks of the Alps down into the Rhône Valley and then on to Lake Geneva, right across the region an incomparable diversity of products is able to grow and flourish. Shielded from the worst of the elements by the towering high mountains, the Rhône Valley enjoys a particularly warm and dry climate.
There are around 4,300 farms in Valais. They work 5,100 hectares of vines, 2,300 hectares of fruit crops, have 2,500 hectares of arable land and grow cereals, turnips and potatoes, keep 14,600 cows, 65,800 sheep, 6,400 goats and 52,300 chickens, produce 40 million kilogram milk a year and cultivate 35 medicinal and spice plants in organic farming. Valais is the brand of gourmets.
The entire world knows the Matterhorn. But outside Switzerland, people are less familiar with the exact location of the canton of Valais. Valais is situated in the heart of the Alps in south-west Switzerland. Zermatt is situated in the very south of the third-largest canton.
The people of Zermatt have managed to prevent it from losing its feel of a village. There have been no cars on the streets of Zermatt for many years. And, bustling though the shops may be on the main street of Bahnhofstrasse, it is never far to the edge of the village. From there onwards, it is the towering mountains that set the pace. With 38 four-thousanders nearby, the peaks still command respect.
From the restaurant, guests can look into the kitchen. The contemporary show kitchen at the Alpine Gourmet Prato Borni is set against with the classical atmosphere of the Burgersaal. The Zermatterhof still belongs to the burghers, the long-established families, today. They constructed their Grand Hotel themselves and without payment at the end of the 19th century and have welcomed illustrious guests here since 1879.
There is a tangible link to tradition. The family coats of arms of the Zermatt burghers adorn the backs of the chairs at the Prato Borni.
With the construction of their Grand Hotel, the Zermatt burghers became hoteliers. Towards the end of the 19th century, the remote mountain village of Zermatt was an up-and-coming summer resort. The burghers were the very first hosts and soon catered for their guests during the winter season, too. The commitment of the burgher families to tourism is a success story that is steeped in tradition in Zermatt.
The history of the Swiss burgherships is very old and dates back to a time long before the Swiss Confederation. The burgherships have their roots in the mountain valleys. The people joined forces there to work their land together and to defy the overlords (Vögte). Their principal aim was not to defend their personal freedom, but rather to retain control over what they jointly owned. This strategy proved successful, and so the early cooperatives continued to develop and became burgherships.
Up to 1848, there were only burgher communities in Switzerland. The freedom of establishment, which was guaranteed after 1874 throughout Switzerland, specified a co-determination right for all residents on the community level. From that time on, the burgher communities developed their own entities under public law with the remit of administering their respective property. The communities of residence and burgher communities continue to coexist today. This is the case throughout Switzerland and, of course, in Zermatt, too.
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