La Grande Traversée – STQ / OCÉAN
February 15 to 17, 2019
Chef owner of restaurant Ah la Vache
Yes, I am from Switzerland. Even after all these years in Québec, my accent gives me away. That’s what’s left from my native Valais which I left permanently to land in Québec in 1996. I discovered Charlevoix at the same time with my then lovely girlfriend. To enjoy the proximity of the mountains and the sea, we explored the Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie national park before heading towards Baie-des-Rochers. We fell in love with the area!
When I started dreaming about opening a hotel in Québec, I naturally thought of Charlevoix. The development surrounding the Massif de Charlevoix was the triggering element to my settling there 15 years ago. I have never regretted my decision. I walk to work every day to the rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste where I opened Ah la Vache, a small unpretentious restaurant whose mission is to introduce Quebecers to Switzerland. On the menu, 95% of Swiss products and lots of fun just like the many local people who sit down to a meal here. That is Charlevoix: wonderful diversity and great times to share.
When not at the restaurant, I can be found at my patrons who are also my friends. We discuss culture, gastronomy, travels. When I need to recharge my batteries, I head towards the Baie’s beaches which are spectacular even in winter.
It is often said that Charlevoix is Québec’s ” small Switzerland “. It is now my home “