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Victoria-Jungfrau Collection Hotels Appoints Markus Iseli as General Manager
and Kerstin Rischmeyer as Chef de Cuisine at Palace Luzern in Luzern
and Promotes Patrick Walther to Chef de Cuisine at Victoria-Jungfrau
Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken, Switzerland

April 29, 2011 - Switzerland’s Victoria-Jungfrau Collection announces the appointment of three new executives, with a new General Manager and Chef de Cuisine at Palace Luzern in Luzern, and a new Chef de Cuisine at Victoria Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken.

Palace Luzern will welcome Swiss-born Markus Iseli as General Manager on June 1. Bringing with him over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Patrick will oversee all hotel operations for the century-old, Palace Luzern.  Prior to joining the Victoria-Jungfrau Collection hotel in Luzern, Iseli held positions at several top luxury hotels around the world, including the InterContinental in Istanbul, the Four Seasons in the Seychelles and most recently at Shangri-La Hotel & Resort in Kuala Lumpur.

Additionally, the hotel promotes Kerstin Rischmeyer to the role of Chef de Cuisine at Palace Luzern’s classic yet contemporary restaurant, Jasper , where she has served as Sous Chef since 2009.  At Jasper, which has a Gault-Millau rating of 16, Kerstin uses local ingredients to create dishes such as sautéed sea bass, spring chicken breast and roasted saddle of lamb. She established her career in 1989 and worked as Chef de Partie at multiple hotels in Switzerland and Germany, including  Hotel Albana, located at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn mountain,  Hotel Chesa in the village of Champfèr, and Hotel Giardino in the southern tip of Switzerland.

Sister hotel, Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken, promotes Patrick Walther to Chef de Cuisine at the Jungfrau Brasserie. In this role Patrick will be responsible for the creation of the brasserie’s contemporary Swiss menu, currently featuring dishes such as Zurich-style veal with wild mushrooms, organic trout from Lake Blausee poached in lemon-thyme broth, and Lucerne cheese soup with fried ravioli. Patrick launched his cooking career during an apprenticeship at the Restaurant Gallerie in Bern and has risen through the ranks at multiple hotels in Zermatt, Switzerland. Prior to joining Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Patrick served as head chef aboard the luxury cruise ship, MS Deutschland.

The Victoria-Jungrfrau Collection comprises four Swiss five-star hotels in some of the most stunning locations in Switzerland, including Palace Luzern (Luzern), Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa (Interlaken), Eden Au Lac (Zurich) and Bellevue Palace (Bern).

For more information visit


Lauren Wintemberg
Alice Marshall Public Relations
126 Fifth Avenue, Suite 801
New York, NY 10011
212 861 4031

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