The 2013 MICHELIN guide Switzerland lists 100 starred restaurants, a record number that reconfirms the country’s high level of gourmet cuisine.

The new edition of the guide confirms the three stars awarded to Schauenstein in Fürstenau and Hôtel de Ville in Crissier. The latter establishment was cited by Michelin inspectors for the outstanding accomplishments of Benoît Violier. After serving as Philippe Rochat’s assistant for many years, Mr. Violier took over as head chef in April and maintained Hôtel de Ville’s standing as one of the world’s leading restaurants.

A Rare Honor, Woman Chef Earns Stars

Another highlight of the 2013 selection was the attribution of a second star to two restaurants offering modern, creative cuisine: Stucki in Basel, where Tanja Grandit, one of the very few “starred” woman chefs in Europe, serves a wide variety of highly aromatic dishes, and Ecco on Snow in St. Moritz. Already awarded a star for its first selection in the guide, the restaurant recently opened for the winter season. In the summer, chef Rolf Fliegauf and his team move to the Ecco restaurant in Ascona, which already has two stars.

Nine restaurants were awarded their first star: Bel Etage and Matisse in Basel, Auberge de la Croix Blanche in Villarepos, Talvo By Dalsass in Saint Moritz/Champfèr, Seerestaurant in Hergiswil, Le Petit Manoir in Morges, Le Restaurant in Vevey, Heimberg in Zermatt and Clouds in Zürich. In all, the 2013 selection includes 18 “two star” restaurants and 80 “one star” restaurants.

For more information on the MICHELIN Guides, visit www.michelin.com

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