It’s a picture-postcard view: the sun shining on glistening snow in the breathtaking resort of St. Moritz. A stunning backdrop and inspiring people whichever way you turn. It’s the ideal location for Marcel Skibba to pursue his career while replenishing his energy: “Ideas for new dishes always come to me when I least expect it, like when I’m in the shower or going for a walk,” says the ambitious young chef.
Cooking is – and has always been – his life. Raised in the Black Forest region of Germany, he spent most of his childhood at his parents’ guesthouse. Gastronomy is where he has always felt at home. A place where he can truly be himself: a chef through and through. “I put my heart and soul into my cooking. For me, it’s not just a job, it’s what makes me who I am.” So he doesn’t really have any hobbies either – his profession is his hobby.
And he pursues it with incredible passion. When Marcel Skibba walks into the kitchen, he flourishes. This truly is his comfort zone. Of course, everyday life in the field of gourmet catering is demanding and hectic, but for this young chef it is also inspiring and stimulating. This gives him the strength to achieve complete perfection in his work, a perfection which never fails to win over the discerning guests at the IGNIV restaurant in St. Moritz, season after season. In contrast to the other haute cuisine restaurants in this region, the guests at Skibba’s restaurant encounter a rather unusual kind of gastronomy; instead of classic à la carte dishes, they are served exquisite bowls and plates of top-class culinary delights for them to share.