Vila Podvin and chef Uroš Štefelin

Published: 28.8.2020

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Vila Podvin and chef Uroš Štefelin

The Michelin-starred Vila Podvin close to Radovljica is described is "a synonym for the best author’s cuisine in Gorenjska."

Vila Podvin and chef Uroš Štefelin

The Podvin Estate, a part of which is Vila Podvin, was first mentioned as early as in the 14th century. At the time of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, the estate belonged to the then king, while later, it belonged to the Yugoslav President, Tito.

The villa is located on the outskirts of the medieval town of Radovljica, only a stroll away from Bled and the Julian Alps rising towards the north-west. In 1968, the villa, which used to be a stable, was reconstructed to become a prominent restaurant. Today, it is a synonym for high-quality Gorenjska cuisine.

The elegant dining room complemented with just the right amount of works of art from the rich treasury of Slovenian cultural heritage appears authentic and cosy. In warmer months, the action moves outside to the wooden terrace and the garden.

Uroš Štefelin is a chef who draws from the past and creates for the future. He fell for cooking when he was a child when he spent time with his grandmother, a professional cook, by the stove. After catering school, he was keen to gain experience in numerous restaurants in Bled and its surroundings. He also trained at La Petite Maison de Cucuron, a French restaurant, and under Norbert Niederkofler in Italy.

Read more about the restaurant and chef Uroš Štefelin here.

Photos taken from the Vila Podvin official website.


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