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La Vetta Recipes – Arosa, Switzerland

by Debra C. Argen
Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland - Rabbit and Risotto
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Tschuggen Grand Hotel Chef Ivan Gotfredsen - Arosa, SwitzerlandLuxury Experience Magazine readers are in for a treat from Switzerland this month as Chef Ivan Gotfredsen of La Vetta at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa graciously shares his tempting four-course menu.


Danish-Swiss Chef Ivan Gotfredsen has honed his illustrious career in Italy, Switzerland, and Ireland working at some of the top hotels and restaurants including the Baur au Lac in Zurich, Gstaad Palace, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St. Moritz, and the Carlton Hotel in Kinsale, Ireland before joining the luxurious Tschuggen Grand Hotel in July 2007.

Edward F. Nesta and I stayed at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in January 2008 and had the pleasure of experiencing Chef Ivan Gotfredsen’s tasty cuisine at their restaurant La Vetta during our stay, and asked him to share his recipes from our tasting dinner.

The Menu

Cod with Olive Paste and Cauliflower Purée
Lobster with Sweet Pepper Purée
Gruyère Poulard Breast with Lentils 



Recipe for 4 persons



Shallots, brunoise*


Grams (3.5 ounces)


Olive Oil


Grams (0.3 ounces)





Ml (17 ounces)

Vegetable Gravy


Grams (1 tbl + 1 tsp)







Ml (3.4 ounces)

Rabbit confit

* The term brunoise is to first julienne the vegetables, turn them 90°, and then cut into cubes.

Method: Glaze the shallots brunoise with the olive oil and add to the risotto rice. Gradually add the vegetable gravy a little at a time. Finish the risotto by adding the butter, Parmesan, mushrooms, and herbs.

Slightly brown the rabbit confit and put it in duck fat with garlic, thyme and rosemary. Bake it in a convection oven for 80 minutes at 120°C (250° F). Remove from the oven, and slice the meat from the bones.

Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland - Codfish

Cod with Olive Paste and Cauliflower Purée

Recipe for 4 persons



Grams (21 ounces)

Cod (3 fillets)

Dried black olives (Tagrasco)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Head of Cauliflower


Beetroot, boiled and puréed

Method: Mix the olives with the olive oil and make a paste. Skin the fillets and spread them with the paste. Brown slightly and cook slowly.

Place the cauliflower in a bag with butter, salt and pepper, and steam in a 100° C (225° F) oven for 50 minutes. Add cauliflower purée. Use the cauliflower florets as a garnish. Mix the beetroot purée with the cauliflower purée.

Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland - Lobster

Lobster with Sweet Pepper Purée

Recipe for 4 persons



Lobsters (totaling 500 grams)


Sweet red peppers


Sweet yellow peppers


Grams (3 ounces)

Mange tout (Chinese snowpeas)

Method: Cut the lobster tail in half and brown slightly for 1.5 minutes. Marinate the cracked lobster and bake it with oil.

Method for the sweet red and yellow peppers purée: Slowly braise the sweet peppers in butter until they are soft. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Method for sweet pepper garnish: Roast the sweet peppers in a 240° C (450° F) oven for around 10 minutes. Remove the skin from the pepper and cut the pepper into small cubes. Add to the pepper purée.

Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland - Poulard with Lentis

Gruyère Poulard Breast with Lentils

Recipe for 4 persons



Poulard breasts*

Onions, Garlic
Beluga Lentils
Vegetable Gravy
Rosemary, Thyme
Foie gras, cubed

*The recipe uses Gruyère Poulard, which is a region in Switzerland.

Method: Roast the poulard breast. Glaze the onions and garlic, and add the lentils. Infuse with vegetable gravy, rosemary, and thyme, and reduce the gravy. At the end, add duck liver, herbs, butter and olive oil.

Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland
La Vetta

Tschuggen Grand Hotel
CH-7050 Arosa, Switzerland
Telephone:      +41-81-378-9999
Fax:                 +41-81-378-9990

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For information on Switzerland, please visit the website: www.MySwitzerland.com. For information on Arosa, please visit the website: www.Arosa.ch. For information on St. Moritz, please visit the websites: www.StMoritz.ch and www.Engadine.StMoritz.ch. For information on the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival and all of its events, please visit the website: www.StMoritz-GourmetFestival.ch. For information on the Cartier World Cup Polo on Snow, please visit the website: www.PoloStMoritz.com.

For information on Swiss International Air Lines, please visit the website: www.swiss.com. For information on the Swiss Pass, please visit the website: www.SwissTravelSystem.com.

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