Chefs and guests 2019

Top chefs and guests from the world of gastronomy, tourism and culture will participate at the festival Taste the Mediterranean 2019.

Darko Znaor

Dr.sc. Darko Znaor

Dr. sc. Darko Znaor is the first European with an MSc. degree in organic farming, which he received from Wageningen Agricultural University (the Netherlands) in 1992. His PhD. research obtained from the University of Essex (UK) in 2008, dealt with the assessment of the environmental and economic consequences of large-scale conversion to organic farming – → Read more

Lionel Levy

Chef Lionel Levy

Rightfully seen as the leader of the new Mediterranean cuisine, Lionel Levy learned his trade from internationally acclaimed chefs such as Éric Fréchon and Alain Ducasse. Having moved to Marseille in 1999 the city has become his adopted home and it is here that he has gained mastery of the local cuisine-the result being a → Read more

Vesna Miletić

Chef Vesna Miletić

Winner of the Gault&Millau Croatia Traditional cuisine chef of the year 2019 trophy, Vesna Miletić, is the chef of the Tač Restaurant in Zagreb, crowned with 3 Gault&Millau toques. She graduated from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science and worked in the tourism sector for 15 years. But her love of food and cooking → Read more

Bee Santongun

Chef Bee Satongun

Chef Bee Satongun and chef Jason Bailey are not just spouses, but professional partners too. After 16 years of cooking exclusively Thai food professionally, they opened their first outlet of Paste Bangkok Thai restaurant in 2013. Their rigorous attention to detail, technical expertise and flair for presentation allows them to create refined Thai food with → Read more

Chef Sokol Prenga

Chef Sokol Prenga

Chef, master pastry chef, baker and chocolatier, great promotor of the Albanian cuisine around Europe. Chef Prenga has 27 years of experience working in different top restaurants in Albania and abroad. He is the member of many international chef’s organizations and Ambassador of „The Best Chef” for Albania since 2017, “SKMER-ACMER” for Albania 2016-2020, Ambassador → Read more

Chef Igor Jagodic

Chef Igor Jagodic

Chef Igor Jagodic has been at the helm of Strelec restaurant in Ljubljana since 2012. His masterful plates and polished dishes have shot the restaurant mentioned between the culinary stars. His dishes represent the crossroads of Alps, the Adriatic Sea and the Panonia Plain, connecting modern technologies and trying to reinvent traditional food in a → Read more

Vicente Patiño

Chef Vicente Patiño

Vicente Patiño was born in 1977 in Xativa, Valencia. The career of this cooker began in the family restaurant. When he was eighteen years old, he did his first steps in Michelin Restaurant, “La Seu in Moraira” – Alicante, “Café de Paris” in Málaga, “Casa Marcial” in Asturias. He worked in the restaurant of the → Read more

Sandra and Dane Tahirović

Chefs Sandra and Dane Tahirović

Spouses Sandra and Dane Tahirović are partners both in private life and in business. They are the owners and chefs of the restaurant Zora bila in Split, crowned with 3 Gault&Millau toques. The beginnings were not easy, but their effort has been paid off, because today Zora bila is one of the most respected restaurants → Read more

IIppei Uemura

Chef Ippei Uemura

Originally coming from Kyoto, he moved to France in 2003 and fell in love with French cuisine. In 2009 he opened his restaurant Tabi No Yume in Marseille. He is a member of Gourméditerranée, an Association of chefs and restaurateurs from Marseille and Provence, since 2013. In 2017, Gault&Millau France named him the Young talent → Read more

Biljana Milina

Chef Biljana Milina

Holder of the title Pastry chef of the year 2019 Gault&Millau Croatia, Biljana Milina, is chef de cuisine and pastry chef of Konoba Mate on the island of Korčula, which received 2 Gault&Millau toques. She says that she has always loved all kind of cakes. She owes that love to her mother and her grandmother, → Read more