Andreas Caminada of Schloss Schauenstein in Switzerland took home the Sustainable Restaurant Award 2019 at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards with a record score of 94% in the audit completed by Food Made Good Global. Schloss Schauenstein castle perched atop a mountain in Fürstenau opened in 2003 with panoramic views of the Swiss Alps. The estate features orchards, woods and land for hunting - as much produce as possible is sourced from within the castle grounds. The vegetables, fruits and herbs are grown and harvested by the team in the three greenhouses and vast gardens. Andreas has a close relationship with many local producers including organic farmer Marcel Foffa, whose vegetable farm and greenhouses are just a mile from the restaurant. But the sustainability doesn’t stop at clever sourcing. The restaurant roasts its own coffee and bakes its own organic bread in the new wood-fired bakery at Casa Caminada in the castle grounds. Adreas Caminada’s is also making all the moves in the right direction in terms of power supply. The restaurant uses 100% renewable energy making use of hydro energy and hydroelectricity to power the restaurant and its hotel rooms. All local produce arrives in reusable packaging (baskets and glass) and all the remaining packing is collected by a local firm who convert it into renewable energy.
Notably, Switzerland was ranked the most sustainable country in the world by the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) which is a biennial report that determines which countries around the world are at the forefront of making and enforcing policies that safeguard the environment. The next EPI is scheduled for release in June 2020.
Schloss Schauenstein is a sterling example of how the worlds restaurant and food industry are making a positive impact on sustainability and safeguarding the environment.