Dolder Grand’s successful gourmet festival THE EPICURE extended by a day

This year sees the third edition of THE EPICURE at The Dolder Grand in Zurich, spearheaded by the Hotel’s Chef Fine Dining Heiko Nieder. In 2016, the gourmet festival will run for one day longer than in previous years, from 14 to 18 September 2016. Answering Nieder’s call to take part are culinary giants such as Harald Wohlfahrt from Germany, Curtis Duffy from the USA, Andreas Caminada from Switzerland and Pascal Barbot from France.


The Dolder Grand’s gourmet festival THE EPICURE – Days of Culinary Masterpieces will be held in the luxury hotel in Zurich from 14 to 18 September 2016 and will feature internationally renowned guest chefs. Following the success of the last two editions, the gourmet festival is being extended by a day, so guests can now experience the crème de la crème of international culinary talent for a whole five days. Each element of the festival – the Evenings, the Masterclasses and the Final – will expose guests to exceptional gastronomic experiences and offer the very highest level of culinary indulgence. In just two years, the concept behind THE EPICURE has gained renown across the restaurant scene and among lovers of fine dining. The addition of the extra day is expected to increase the number of guests this year to around 700.


A who’s who of international top chefs
This year, THE EPICURE again has some truly epicurean treats in store. On each of the four exclusive evenings in The Restaurant, Heiko Nieder will create an eight-course menu with a different one of the following guest chefs: perfectionist Harald Wohlfahrt from the Schwarzwaldstube in Baiersbronn, Germany (3 Michelin stars, 19.5 GaultMillau points); innovator Curtis Duffy from Grace in Chicago, USA (3 Michelin stars); all-rounder Andreas Caminada from Schauenstein Schloss Restaurant Hotel in Fürstenau, Switzerland (3 Michelin stars, 19 GaultMillau points); and sophisticate Pascal Barbot from L’Astrance in Paris, France (3 Michelin stars).


From Thursday through Saturday in The Dolder Grand, guests’ taste buds will be titillated at the Masterclasses – expert-led tastings of exclusive delights including caviar, cigars, spirits and cocktails. A particular highlight for chocolate-lovers this year is the Masterclass led by monsieur chocolat himself, Frédéric Bau, founder of L’École du Grand Chocolat Valrhona.


As a liquid alternative to the culinary delights on offer in The Restaurant during the gourmet festival, the Dolder Grand Bar is hosting a tongue-tingling session entitled World Class Drinks, where – among other things – two of Switzerland’s most skilled bartenders will mix highlights from their list of award-winning cocktails.


At the grand finale on Sunday 18 September 2016, guests will be whisked away on a gastronomic voyage through a smorgasbord of national cuisines and culinary styles. Heiko Nieder will be joined by multi-award-winning chefs from all over Europe to present exclusive delicacies at 11 food stations in the Gallery and the Gallery Lounges (1,000 square metres). As if that were not enough, guests can encounter the 2010 Diageo World Class Champion or one of Switzerland’s best-known Maître Fromager at a two further food stations before visiting two special stations dedicated to exquisite coffees or cigars.


The face of THE EPICURE
The driving force behind THE EPICURE is German culinary virtuoso Heiko Nieder, who for the past eight years has been wowing guests and critics at The Restaurant at The Dolder Grand with his intricate flavour combinations. In Heiko Nieder’s words: “I am incredibly proud that, for three years now, we have managed to persuade so many world-renowned chefs to come to Zurich, and that together with them I have had the honour of serving up dazzling dishes to our guests.” With its 2 Michelin stars and 18 GaultMillau points, The Restaurant remains Zurich’s highest-rated restaurant.


THE EPICURE – Days of Culinary Masterpieces: 14 to 18 September 2016
Tickets can be applied for from 25 May 2016 at


The Evenings The Restaurant CHF 548.00
The Masterclasses Various locations CHF 68.00 to 498.00
The Final Gallery and Gallery Lounges CHF 348.00


From CHF 1,910.00 (for 2 persons) – Equivalent to US$1,978.00
1 night including breakfast
1 THE EPICURE 8-course menu in The Restaurant including aperitif and accompanying grapes
Unlimited access to The Dolder Grand Spa (4,000 m2)
Late checkout until 4.00 pm


From CHF 1,510.00 (for 2 persons) – Equivalent to US$1,564.00
1 night including breakfast
Participation in the FINAL
Unlimited access to The Dolder Grand Spa (4,000 m2)
Late checkout until 4.00 pm


With its 175 luxurious rooms and suites, exquisite cuisine, a spa encompassing 4,000 square metres, generous banqueting and seminar facilities and a remarkable art collection, The Dolder Grand is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and Swiss Deluxe Hotels. The Hotel’s elevated location between pulsating city and invigorating nature provides guests with magnificent views over Zurich, the lake and the Alps. From 2004 to 2008, the City Resort was fully renovated and converted by the London architects Foster and Partners.