What is Swiss food? That's a tricky one. Switzerland is an eclectic mix of different cultures. It's influenced by the French, the Italians, and the Germans, among other European nations. Of course it is subjective (and we are biased), but we like to think that Swiss food combines the best-of-the-best cuisine from all of its neighbors. From the French, we get the sinfully-good roux-based sauces, wine, rich and decadent desserts, and a culinary flair for invention. From the Italians, we fell in love with their tomato-based sauces, pizzas, pasta, and the simple, nourishing nature of food as life. From the Germans, the Swiss derived sausage-making, perfection in marinating, and the art of selecting a beer to complement any hearty dish.
Yet, don't mistake the many influences of Switzerland with an absence of identity. Just like the United States, our multicultural input is what makes us unique as a whole. And, of course, we have the undeniably Swiss dishes like Fondue, Rösti, and Raclette, made with honest ingredients that generate a welcoming community atmosphere, warm the soul with molten cheese, the familiar comfort of pure potatoes, and perfectly-crusty flavorful bread. Swiss food is diverse...and delicious.