It’s in the middle of nowhere, and everyone wants to visit: Walter Klose’s restaurant and guesthouse, the Gupf, located in picturesque surroundings in the Vorderland district of the Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. Not only is the Gasthaus zum Gupf his workplace, he also lives here with his family and is an uncompromisingly dedicated host.
The work attire at the Gupf is also uncompromising: the service staff wear traditional dress every day. For Walter Klose, it’s very important to continue traditions and create a friendly atmosphere, in keeping with the tradition-steeped origins of the Gupf. The Gupf is rich in stories and attractions, and the team want to introduce these to the guests both visually and gastronomically – with details that make the difference. To do this, they go the extra mile and are passionate about every little detail – around the clock, day in, day out.
Finding peace and quiet, switching off and getting away from daily life isn’t so easy when you live and work in the same place. “You never quite leave the restaurant behind,” admits Klose. Yet he wouldn’t have it any other way. The Gupf, his family, nature and cooking – that’s his dream, and he’s living that dream to the full.
The passionate top chef loves nature, so he couldn’t imagine a better place to live and work. When he needs to relax and recharge his batteries, he goes out into his garden. His work is demanding, that’s for sure, but it gives him a great sense of fulfilment. Today, Walter Klose is spending his day outside, gathering mushrooms and herbs.