Oct 20 2023

RFS-Certified Spanish Restaurant Bolero Receives a Royal Award in Switzerland

Bolero was the first restaurant worldwide to receive RFS certification in recognition of the quality and authenticity of its food

Big news for a Spanish chef based in Switzerland. Roland Barmet-García, who founded the restaurant Bolero in Lucerne, received the prestigious Order of Civil Merit from the Spanish Ambassador to Switzerland. This distinction recognizes Barmet-García’s commitment to promoting Spanish gastronomy and culture in Switzerland.

Not only is his restaurant also part of the RFS (Restaurants From Spain) Network, it was the first restaurant worldwide to join, in 2021. The certification program recognizes those restaurants around the world that serve high quality food from Spain. The initiative aims to help consumers identify authentic Spanish food experiences.

Barmet-García originally opened Bolero in 1988 and, over the years, has helped establish it as one of the country’s top Spanish restaurants, for its quality and authenticity. He’s also involved in other projects, such as giving Spanish cuisine classes, teaching more than 9k students since 2007, and managing the Finca Esencial boutique hotel in the Bierzo wine region in Spain in 2022, which produces top-flight wine and olive oil and exports them to Switzerland.

Bolero serves a selection of paellas and other menu highlights include Bellota pork shoulder with bell pepper salsa and lettuce; sous vide cooked lamb shank with Rioja vegetable sauce or Catalan-style grilled sole with artichokes, mushroom, parsley, and garlic.