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Rene Herman Mettler

Rene Herman Mettler

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A good book has many chapters and Rene Mettler’s story is undeniably a page- turner. Renegade chef, artist, globetrotter, and all around badass Rene Mettler died on Tuesday, January 12th at the age of 73.  The footprint left behind by Rene is deep and bright and electric. He lived uncompromisingly, with an infectious ability to extract joy from all the delicious elements of life; food, wine, good company, laughter, music and all things beautiful.  Born in Locarno, Switzerland Rene grew up with his brother Werner and his sister Yvette. Rene could turn any story of hardship or challenge into a comedy. Stealing grapes from his neighbours orchard as a young boy to feed his family left us in stitches as he clamoured over the fence chased by the angry farmer wielding a shotgun, running for his life, grapes bouncing from the backpack basket, only to be sent out again by an equally angry mother.  Rene left home at the age of 15. He dreamed of being a store window designer but found his natural home in the kitchen while training in the finest 5 star hotels of Europe. He lived under a bridge in London until he could afford a flat, as he moved up through the trenches of the Dorchester Hotel and did not miss a beat when the opportunity to work on the luxury ocean liner S.S Rotterdam arose.  He traveled to all corners of the world… several times, his passport a colourful patchwork of pirate stories. Rene rested for a moment on the Virgin Island of St. Croix where he collided with an American firecracker, Windeah Lee Mccarthy. They moved to the United States and had one daughter, Melissa.
Rene’s culinary legend begins here as the maestro of The Buck Hill Inn in the Pocono Mountains. Rene was old school. In a time before celebrity chefs, he ran his kitchens like a flamboyant general inspiring, mentoring and rearing up countless successful chefs. Rene was a perfectionist and his artistic spirit took the helm. The little Swiss egg cook went on to collect numerous awards during his colourful career. He was most proud of his 3 gold medals from the Culinary Olympics in Germany and an unprecedented Gold at the World Ice Carving championships in Japan, never presented to a non- Japanese.
 Rene was charming. He adored the ladies and the ladies adored him. It was on the magical island of Maui where Rene met his match, Kimberly Armstrong. The whirlwind romance of a lifetime brought Rene and Kimberly to Taos where they opened The Trading Post Café in 1994. The Trading Post became wildly popular and remains a celebrated Taos institution. The fashion pioneer could often be seen holding up the end of the bar in a pair of lederhosen and a tight salmon pink cashmere sweater.
Anyone who knew him would agree; God threw away the mould after making Rene Metter. He had a vibrancy and presence you wanted to bathe in. He was raw and passionate and brutally honest. He ran with the bulls and swam with the sharks and did it all with glass of fantastic red wine in hand.
 Rene celebrated his life everyday. Per his wishes there will be no memorial or services. Arrangements by Rivera Family Funeral Home.  This obituary is protected by copyright laws, unauthorized use or duplication is prohibited.

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Name Rene Herman Mettler
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Date of Death January 12th, 2016
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Rivera Family Funeral Home
Location 818 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
Taos NM 87571
United States

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Teresa And Tom Panza published condolence .

Dearest Kimberly, So sorry for your loss and that of our entire community. What a full life lived and loved! We are so fortunate to have been a small part of Renés life along with you. Great food, conversation, smiles (teeth!), and the amazing Taos energy shared over these last years...we shall never forget! Sending much love, dear. Teresa & Tom

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Susan Embry published condolence .

Charming, warm fun Chef Rene with quick wit, enchanting smile and fabulous food! We will miss you so much. Love to you too, Kimberly, so glad to read that the tradition continues.

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Ron Cooper published condolence .

Amigo... you left us too soon. Lighting a candle down here in OaxMex for you. Que le descansa en paz !

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Stephen & Brandy Griffin published condolence .

Rene & Kimberly; thanks for being a friend and a part of our family. Both of you hold a very special place in our hearts and home. Wish you peace and love for the new year. Memories that will last forever.

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M.j. And Klaus Wombacher published condolence .

We will miss you, rest in peace.

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Tara And Bob Gates published condolence .

Dearest Kimberley and Rene, We share all your sorrows and all your joy as lovers together. But most of all your love and friendship to us forever! Our love to you dear Kimberley for everything you have done for us and the community. Love you both dearly. Bob and Tara Gates

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Tara And Bob Gates published condolence .

Dearest Kimberley and Rene, We share all your sorrows and all your joy as lovers together. But most of all your love and friendship to us forever! Our love to you dear Kimberley for everything you have done for us and the community. Love you both dearly. Bob and Tara Gates

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Debbie Lujan published condolence .

TO THE FAMILY of RENE, We had the pleasure of meeting Rene at the Living Center back in February. We enjoyed his visits with us. Such a friendly, caring person. May he rest in peace. Debbie Lujan and Nick Tafoya

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Norman & Anna Seck published condolence .

Chef Rene. We will miss you.

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