A prestigious gourmet guide has named a Lugano-based "olive oil virtuoso" Chef of the Year for Switzerland. It's the first time a chef in canton Ticino has been awarded the title by the GaultMillau Guide.This content was published on October 2, 2000 - 17:21
On Monday the guide announced that its 2001 edition had bestowed the title on Martin Dalsass, of the Ristorante Santabbondio in Lugano-Sorengo. His "virtuosity" with olive oil was singled out for praise.
Forty four-year old Dalsass has been running "Santabbondio" for the past 15 years with his wife Lorena. The chef's specialities include fresh trout, poultry, risotto, and a range of pasta dishes.
The gourmets who appraised a selection of 747 restaurants for GaultMillau gave Dalsass' cuisine 18 out of a maximum of 20 points. Seven other Swiss restaurants received 19 points, five of them in the French-speaking part of the country.
Dalsass, who hails from South Tirol, takes over the title from Hans-Peter Hussong of the "Wirtschaft zum Wiesengrund" restaurant in Ütikon am See, near Zürich.
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