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Au Soldat de l’An 2.

Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in town. France,Phalsbourg

Georges Victor Schmitt

Chef
Au Soldat de l’An 2 Phalsbourg 57370

“You’ll never be a chef!” These were the words, spoken by my father when I was 14, which dashed my childhood dreams. So I turned to a different kind of “cuisine”: that of a herbalist bringing together all kinds of plants which I still combine in my lab.

I was also crazy about my father’s profession, he was an antique dealer, and I opened an antiques shop in an old barn in Phalsbourg. In 1975, cooking raised its devilish head again. I was inspired by the stone and timber of the old barn opposite the historic gates to the town and the castle, and transformed it into a restaurant which I named: “Au Soldat de l’An II”.

I started with regional specialities with whole menus designed round pork. It was 1982, right in the middle of nouvelle cuisine: I took the plunge and discovered what was new.

Another dream became reality in 2007 when I opened a charming hotel that became a Relais & Châteaux.
My cuisine: give pleasure to people.


What was your most moving culinary experience?
Every one of my visits to my neighbours, the Kleinsat L’Arnsbourg in Baerenthal is an exciting occasion: gourmet creativity goes hand in hand with generosity of spirit.

The most amusing kitchen incident you ever witnessed?
A facetious reviewer had praised my tarte flambée (a mini version, in flakey pastry, served as an amuse gueule) saying that it was “the best in all of Eastern France” and a group of ladies turned up from Alsace to try it. I had to crank out dozens of them (they wouldn’t eat anything else) and obviously I didn’t charge them!

Your best piece of advice for amateur chefs?
Follow your instinct and your heart: anything made with love can only be good.


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