The Gault&Millau Guide has awarded Stephan Kriegelstein, Head chef of Severin*s – The Alpine Retreat, Lech am Arlberg, Austria with two chef’s hats and 16 out of 20 points after just one season. The discerning critics at Gault&Millau are hailing the overall approach at Severin*s as a new dimension in décor, service and cuisine.
The Gault&Millau guide is published annually and is Austria’s most prestigious gourmet award. The guide recognises innovative chefs and restaurants and encourages creativity in the industry. The first guide was published in Germany in 1983.
From Mittenwald in Upper Bavaria, Kriegelstein captured the palates of the testers with his clear tomato soup paired with champagne as an aperitif followed by salmon sashimi and scallops, wagyu beef tartare and goose liver pâté pinwheels served with goose liver rice, Powerade and truffle French fries. Last but not least, Stephan impressed with his take on Asian fusion cuisine, with the Gault&Millau critics raving about the multi-sensual joys of the main course of halibut. The course was enhanced by the captivating sounds of Balinese music played from a hidden iPod.
The chef always remains true to his beliefs – all his cuisine comes with an abundance of flavours, varied textures and only ingredients of the highest quality. “Cooking should come with love, passion and a lust for life”, says Stephan Kriegelstein. He added: “It’s not about constantly searching for something that’s never been done before. Likewise, it’s not about regional, international, Asian or French cuisine – it’s about exciting and inspiring food being available beyond borders! Don’t be creative – be free!”
After receiving the 2017 Falstaff Award for best newcomer in Austria in his first season, the innovative chef can now add the Gault&Millau accolade to his growing collection of awards. Before joining Severin*s, Stephan and his team were awarded a Michelinstar in the kitchen of The Omnia Mountain Lodge in Zermatt, Switzerland.
The dishes from Stephan Kriegelstein’s kitchen are not exclusively available for guests staying at Severin*s – The Alpine Retreat, the restaurant is open to all lovers of fine food as is open from 7pm Monday to Saturday from 9 December 2017.