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The Swiss chef Andreas Caminada, who runs the three-Michelin starred Schloss Schauenstein restaurant in Fürstenau, Switzerland, has announced plans to open a new restaurant at the end of the year called Igniv.
Caminada will open Igniv inside the old Äbtestube restaurant at the five-star Grand Resort Bad Ragaz where he says the menu will focus on the idea of sharing plates with a 14-course and 18-courese offering that will bring diners together around the table.
There’s little news about the actual dishes at the moment but the chef promises it will be a “fresh, new gastronomic concept”. The name of Igniv, meaning 'nest' in Rhaeto-Romanic, gives some idea as to the homely and family atmospher the chef is aiming for.
Speaking about the idea when it was first announced, Caminada said: “13-years-ago when I saw Schloss Schauenstein my gut feeling told me that it was the right place – and it is still with the right food concept, says Caminda, "But I always felt like I wanted to create another gastronomical experience in another place as well. The Äbtestube restaurant in Bad Ragaz is the right place for this and is not far from Schloss Schauenstein”.
Caminada has recently shown an interest in the multi-sensory approach to dining, just last year he offered guests at Schloss Schauenstein interesting courses served on Light Plates - covered iPads with specially designed backdrops that illuminate dishes. The chef also took his skills to the clouds at the end of 2014 when he cooked a meal onboard a plane from Zurich to New York, proving once and for all that airline food doesn’t have to be bad.
The new restaurant, which will be headed up by chef Silvio Germann who has worked with Caminada for many years, is set to open December 16th 2015.