Sora pri Medvodah, 9. 3. 2019
We are only days away from the largest food event in the region, the
European Food Summit (16 to 19 March), a fresh gust of wind on the culinary
scene. In brief – during the four-day period, various interesting activities
will take place, most notably the technical conference moderated by Ana Roš and
Andrea Petrini featuring inspiring stories by the world’s most distinguished
chefs, a culinary tour of cultural sights and landmarks with Ljubljana’s top
chefs during the Gourmet Ljubljana Crawl, the Open Kitchen pre-premiere at
Križanke, the unforgettable Experience Dinner, the Audi Gourmet Cup and so much
“We realise that, this year, the goals that we have set for ourselves
are quite ambitious. Regardless, we are absolutely positive that with the right
people, in a few years, we will be known as one of the most prominent culinary
events in Europe,” predicts Martin Jezeršek, director at Jezeršek Catering,
who is not afraid to raise the (food) bar (this event is the successor to
the Ljubljana Gourmet Cup).
One of the reasons for the confidence is the fact that, for this year’s
technical conference held at Ljubljana Castle in cooperation with the Slovenian
Tourist Board (STO), they were successful in teaming up with talent scout and
curator, Andrea Petrini, famous as a facilitator throughout the culinary
world and one of the most prominent figures in high cuisine, described by the
press as “The God of Food”. “With his and Ana’s help, we will be able to
bring to Slovenia the most famous chefs in the world which will be the envy of
even the largest European food festivals,” adds Martin Jezeršek.
This year’s premiere surprise is
without a doubt Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz (Mugaritz, ranked 9th on the
World‘s 50 Best Restaurants, two Michelin Stars, Spain), one of the most
influential chefs of the period, a true kitchen revolutionary. We must not
forget rising star Chef Jordan Kahn (Destroyer and Vespertine, USA),
who will lead us on an experience through the microcosm.
Other appearances that will attempt to promote a more progressive
mentality and behaviour for a better and more sustainable future include cult
Chef Andreas Caminada (Schloss Schauenstein, ranked 47th on the
World‘s 50 Best Restaurants, three Michelin Stars, Switzerland), and
complex art enthusiast, Chef Christopher Pelé (Le Clarence, two
Michelin Stars, France). Chef Esben Holmboe Bang (Maaemo, ranked 35th on the World‘s 50
Best Restaurants, three Michelin Stars, Norway) will tell the story of a
Danish boy with a dream, who became the first chef in Norway to be awarded
three Michelin Stars. Up next are Chef Leonor Espinosa (Leo
Restaurant, Best Female Chef Latin America 2017 and Latin America’s 50 Best
Restaurants, Colombia), and visionary and “Greek mythologist”, Chef Riccardo
Camanini (Lido 84, named Chef of 2017 by Identità Golose, Italy).
Our understanding of food, boundaries and our prejudice will be
challenged by Italian reporter, writer and editor, Georges Desrues, with
an interpretation of the cultural history of Europe. With Ivan Brincat (Food
and Wine Gazette, Belgium), one of the most insightful European
journalists, we will overcome natural geographical boundaries. Without a doubt, Joe Warwick, London-based restaurant critic and food writer, author of
the best-selling Where Chefs Eat and co-founder of The World Restaurant
Awards, will aim to inspire and spice up the conference with his lecture dubbed
“The Brexit Food Tsunami Clusterf**k“, or how Brexit will impact the
European food situation, putting it at a disadvantage.
We will be taken on the search for answers to questions like, why
innovations in food are globally important, with Danish researchers Afton
Halloran (Nordic Food Policy Lab) and Roberto Flore (DTU
Skylab – Technical University of Denmark), who collaborate with numerous
internationally recognised chefs in discovering new technologies for
restaurants and cultivators of the future. Are you ready to push the limits of
food, science, technology and commitment to humanity?
Speeches by the culinary elite will be complemented by other engaging
speakers who have been driving progress in food in their respective countries.
The energetic Valter Kramar (Hiša Franko, Hiša Polonka) will
share his thoughts on natural wine that has been spreading throughout Europe. Anka Lipušček (Mlekarna Planika dairy), director, who never forgets her
milking duties before heading to her company offices and loves spending her
summers tending to Alpine pastures and making cheese, will tell her story of
respect for nature, tradition and the environment. Not unlike Mateja Gravner
(Vinarstvo Gravner), daughter of renowned winemaker, who grew up among
vineyard trellises learning from her father, joining him on the quest of
popularising the wondrous amphora wine throughout the world. Last but not
least, we will be joined by a man addicted to testing the limits – imaginary or
real – the brain behind Open Kitchen, the most popular food market in the
region, Lior Kochavy.
If what you are after is tasting what the best Slovenian restaurants and
eateries have to offer at a single location, you should not miss out on
Saturday’s culinary festivities in Ljubljana, the nation’s capital, sponsored
by Ljubljana Tourism. On this occasion, the European Food Summit will kick off
with the Open Kitchen pre-premiere at Križanke (Trg francoske revolucije).
What is more, on Saturday, foodies and gourmands will be treated to
another European Food Summit first: the Gourmet Ljubljana Crawl, an
innovative culinary tour where Ljubljana’s cultural sights and landmarks will
transform into exclusive pop-up eateries. During your crawl through the streets
of Ljubljana, head for the DobraVaga Gallery and enjoy fresh fish
delicacies with Jakob Pintar (TaBar). At the Kresija Gallery,
enjoy an urban culinary experience by Janez Bratovž (JB Restaurant),and at the Museum of Illusions, Jorg Zupan (Atelje Restaurant)will lead you on a fantastic adventure of mirages and illusions. At the
charming atrium of the Ljubljana Town Hall, an urban main course will be
served by Chef Igor Jagodic (Strelec Restaurant), while atop the Ljubljana
Castle walls, with a spectacular view of Ljubljana’s ancient centre, Chef Peter
Kovač (Maxim Restaurant) will be preparing an authentic medieval
meal. For the grand finale, Chef Mojmir Šiftar (Evergreen Restaurant)
will treat the crawlers to an unforgettable dessert in the lively atmosphere of
For the second consecutive year, the European Food Summit has been
receiving plenty of attention. Namely, the Experience Dinner, where 120
guests will be treated to a nine-course dinner by chefs Ana Roš (Hiša
Franko), Ricardo Cammanini (Lido 84) and Luka Košir (Gostišče
Grič Restaurant), has already been sold out. Select top-quality Slovenian
wines accompanying the four-hour gourmet dinner will be provided by Koželj,
Home of Good Wines.
Just as popular is the five-star I FEEL SLOVENIA Cable Car Dinner,
a one-off experience high among the mountaintops of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.
This event is also already sold out. In scope of the multi-day excursion across
Slovenia based on special invitation by event partner STO, the Cable Car Dinner
at the Krvavec Ski Resort will also host a number of notable international and
European food reporters. After the highly anticipated visit to Hiša Franko,
where Ana Roš will premiere her new spring menu, the day will conclude in the Kamnik-Savinja
Alps, with a unique culinary experience by the creative minds of Jezeršek
Catering and Gostilna Krištof Restaurant.
A traditionally diverse programme will take place also at the slopes of
Krvavec in the context of the Gourmet on Snow, where foodies and skiers
will be treated to masterpieces by top chefs from throughout Slovenia.
Bright and early, Tuesday will kick off a true festival of food and skiing,
beginning with an Argeta Exclusive gourmet breakfast hosted by the ingenious
Luka Košir and the ski race bib draw. Next, foodies, caterers and winemakers,
for the first year in a separate category, will take to the slopes and
compete for gold in the Audi Gourmet Cup.
The programme is truly remarkable, and it will not be
long before it becomes apparent if the organisers, as has been suggested,
really have bitten off more than they can chew. Although, if you are at all
familiar with them, you might have already guessed that with the help of every
participant, event partners STO and Ljubljana Tourism, caterers, winemakers and
other hosts contributing to the project, this year’s event will once again be a
complete success. “You know, the only thing that could go wrong is the
, is what they say in our parts. So we are keeping our fingers
crossed that the weather holds out during the European Food Summit between 16
and 19 March.