Güggeli-Sternen. Bözberg, Switzerland.

“A customer ordered cordon bleu, and after the meal, he came to me and said, ‘That was the best meal I’ve ever eaten.’” - Thomas Schäublin, owner, Restaurant Güggeli-Sternen

From country inn to speciality restaurant.

It all began with an idea, and a spontaneous email sent at two in the morning to Daniel Kneuss, CEO of KNEUSS Güggeli. Thomas Schäublin had the idea of turning his country inn into a Güggeli speciality restaurant. “Many people travel great distances to eat good chicken, and traffic to my country inn was in decline, so I suspected perhaps there was a gap in the market,” says Schäublin. Daniel Kneuss was open to the idea. The CEO’s curt reply came at four in the morning: “We want to, we’re able to, we need to, we’re coming.”

Finally, in October of 2011, the restaurant re-opened. Besides an la carte restaurant with a good 100 seats, Schäublin also rents the establishment for occasions such as weddings, birthdays or company events, and provides party service as well. At times, he serves up to 800 meals per day. And that’s a good thing, because Thomas Schäublin is bursting with enthusiasm. When asked how he manages to do it all, he merely replies, “I organise it all with my wife and my two RATIONAL.”

The solution: RATIONAL.

Everything in his kitchen revolves around his two RATIONAL Combis. One unit handles Finishing®, and is primarily used to produce side dishes, vegetables, pasta, rice, etc. The second unit is programmed for Güggeli. “The chicken comes out far better in the RATIONAL unit than in the chicken grill,” Schäublin explains.

“I couldn’t believe that at first, but it’s true, and it also goes much faster.” Thomas Schäublin has been cooking with RATIONAL for nearly 20 years now, and the technology has fascinated him since the beginning. He’s recently started doing breaded products in the SelfCookingCenter® as well, primarily cordon bleu, and his guests are delighted. As Schäublin puts it: “The main advantages this technology offers me are the variety of usage options and the speed. Not to mention the automatic cleaning feature, because that’s sensational. In the evenings I always tell my kitchen assistants that they don't have to clean the inside of the oven, because I’ll do that myself. And they say, ‘Thanks a lot, boss!’”

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  • Top-quality food
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  • Automatic cleaning
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