QL Robbe & Berking Silver Butter Knife 2019 goes to Jeroen Achtien

Chef Jeroen Achtien of Hotel Vitznauerhof (Switzerland) was named the QL Robbe & Berking Silver Butter Knife winner during the QL Annual Gathering. Annually, QL Founder Hein van Beek awards the Silver Butter Knife to one of the QL Hotels & Restaurants that excels in the use of regional and seasonal ingredients. QL awards winners with a Robbe & Berking Silver Butter Knife, a Big Green Egg and a personalised chefs jacket by Le Nouveau Chef.

After more than eight years at QL Hotel & Restaurant De Librije (Zwolle, the Netherlands, 3 Michelin stars), chef Jeroen Achtien gave up the security of a Michelin star kitchen for an adventure in Switzerland. On Lake Lucerne he opened Restaurant Sens at Hotel Vitznauerhof, along with his Dutch girlfriend Sanne and a team of 11 Dutch colleagues who came in his wake.

Achtien worked day and night to develop his own flavours and woo Swiss guests with his distinctive dishes. It took a little over six months for him to achieve his first major success: GaultMillau named him as the best newcomer of 2018. Not long after this recognition, Achtien was awarded by Michelin with his first star. Truly, a magnificent achievement.

In no time the papers and magazines were raving about Achtien and his colleagues. Everyone had the same message: ‘Go to Sens, go to Jeroen Achtien.’ In summer, Achtien cooks at Vitznauerhof by the sparkling waters of Lake Lucerne, then in winter he and his entire brigade move up to QL’s Waldhotel Davos.

QL Founder Hein van Beek: ‘We are always on the lookout for new talent. By moving to Switzerland, Jeroen had to change his way of living and cooking in a matter of months. His hard work and self believe have been rewarded. By using locally and regionally sourced produce, Jeroen learned about his new home country as well as his guests.’

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