A meeting place of gastronomic diversity and local tastes

Due to its geographic position, Slovenia connects four different worlds, which is also reflected in its gastronomy. Both traditional and haute cuisine put much emphasis on high-quality, locally-produced ingredients, which provide a fullness of flavours. Diversity, creativity, and commitment to the principle ‘from the garden to the table’ have been increasingly placing Slovenia on the European gastronomic map. Its gastronomic image enjoys additional prestige due to world-class events and unique gastronomic experiences. All this has resulted in Slovenia being awarded the title European Region of Gastronomy 2021. Taste a mix of various flavours, tradition, creativity, and modern trends in Slovenia.

A meeting place for European culinary royalty

In March, all eyes in the culinary world will be on Slovenia, as the capital city of Ljubljana will host a world-class event – the European Food Summit. This is an upgrade of the high-profile event Gourmet Cup Ljubljana, at which well-known names in Slovenian and foreign gastronomy have presented their masterpieces and visions in innovative ways.

The European Food Summit will join the great minds of the culinary world, art, and media in one place, and their stories will be an inspiration for creating a sustainable gastronomic Europe. This world-class event is organised by Jezeršek gostinstvo, which is famous for its innovative gastronomic experiences, such as the Cable-Car Dinner, the Virtual Wedding, and various, gastronomy-related workshops, such as Fotogurmanija.

 

The main project partner is the Slovenian Tourist Board, which has recognised the significance of world-class gastronomy and strives to help Slovenia stand side by side with the most recognisable gastronomic regions. Ljubljana Tourism and the Gourmet Ljubljana brand are also project partners. This excellent gastronomic event, which will be held from 16 to 19 March 2019, will be opened by the pre-première of the Open Kitchen, the most exciting and popular marketplace on the sunny side of the Alps. On this occasion, the best dishes of Slovenia’s inns and restaurants will be offered to visitors in the wonderful courtyard of Križanke and at French Revolution Square (Trg francoske revolucije).

 

And considering that the main developers of this event are the world-renowned Slovenian master chefs Ana Roš and the world gastronomic ‘guru’ Andrea Petrini, then it’s quite clear that something fantastic is cooking.

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Gastronomic experiences for all senses

Slovenian gastronomy has many faces. In its 24 gastronomic regions, you can taste something different almost every day of the year. Gastronomic events in Slovenia are a treat for all the senses. You can select from among events that are either related to a local gastronomic tradition or are a hodgepodge of diverse tastes from Slovenia and elsewhere.



Slovenian master chefs

Slovenia has many world-class master chefs who take every true gourmet to their world. In this world, tradition, local tastes, modern trends in gastronomy, and creativity blend with one another. Learn about the most well-known Slovenian chefs, who have also left their mark in the world's gastronomic society.

Ana Roš

Ana Roš

This world-renowned chef finds inspiration for her gastronomic masterpieces in the Soča Valley and its local ingredients. Although, she is a self-taught chef, she was named the Best Female Chef in the world in 2017.

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Janez Bratovž

Janez Bratovž

This world-renowned chef awarded by the Gault & Millau guide for his contribution to the development of Slovenian cuisine swears by fusing various elements and tastes, haute cuisine and tradition.

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Tomaž Kavčič

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Chef Tomaž Kavčič’s innovativeness knows no bounds. He masterfully combines local tradition and the tastes of the Vipava Valley, for which he was awarded the title of the best European innovative chef in 2017.

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Igor Jagodic

Igor Jagodic

Gault & Millau's Chef of the Year 2019 respects tradition, but always thinks of howhe could update it by using modern preparation methods. This way, on his plate, the dishes of our forebears have a new, surprising, and modern twist.

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David Vračko

David Vračko

Because of his daringness, David Vračko is considered to be one of the wildest chefs. It is this daringness and rebellion on the plate that make him stand out. He is so special that Gault & Millau selected him as the Chef of the Future.

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