When music becomes unimportant
However, René’s connections from Ibiza paid off. He was asked to DJ at a wedding at the Designhotel Eden in Arosa. The hotel, and especially the way the owners ran it, fascinated René. It was a completely new kind of gastronomy: Suddenly the hotelier stood in the kitchen and his wife looked after the guests. The outdated customs and practices of gastronomy, as René puts it, were done away with. The white general at the stove became a rock star. The well-thought-out design of the stylish hotel, the fresh way of meeting the guest at eye level, the joy of world cuisine – all that was new for René. The high regard the guests had for the chef and their interest in his way of cooking, in particular, were the reason why René’s passion for cooking flared up and he accepted a job as head chef on the spot. From then on René rocked the kitchen.
After five years in Arosa, he moved to Zurich. Thanks to top chef Beat Caduff from the Grisons, he discovered his love for products. From then on tomatoes were no longer only tomatoes. Hitherto they were only there to be processed according to the rules of gastronomy. "Suddenly cooking was great fun", explains René. From then on music was unimportant and his new mantra was: "Cook, cook, cook". René finally expressed this new passion with the opening his first restaurant. The entrance led straight through the kitchen, the tables were covered with stylish tableware and water was served open. What is commonplace now in the gastronomy sector was very new back then.
When René describes his passion for music and cooking, a connection is found: Both touch people and both should speak for themselves. When cooking, this happens when one changes the original product as little as possible. From then on that was his credo, and he launched his first cooking show in the year 2000. In more than 123 episodes of Funky Kitchen Club, René cooks and eats his way halfway around the world. As always, he moved full speed ahead, and he opened two more restaurants in Interlaken as well.