Chef Pero Savanović
Pero Savanovic is one of the five Master chefs in Croatia, run by the World Master Chefs Society, which was founded in 1947 by Jean Conil, the French chef at Buckingham Palace. Savanovic has over 20 years of experience working with high profile clients. He has also won gold medals at many national and international competitions, preparing dishes of authentic Croatian foods, such as olive oil, fish, Dalmatian salt or truffle. Chef Savanovic knew from an early age that his true passion was cooking.
“I have always played with pots, even knives, as all in my family are Bonkulović and my late grandfather was a butcher. Immediately after primary school I went to the hotel “Park” in Split, Croatia to be the hotel’s apprentice. I was working under extremely talented and strict chefs such as my mentor chef Marija Lulić who taught me a lot”, says Savanovic.
After graduating from School of Tourism, where, due to exceptional talent, he did not have to take the final exams, in 1992 Savanovic went to Germany. There he worked as a chef in Italian restaurants and in German restaurants, additionally, he was training and updating his skills in preparing meat stakes. For a year he worked as a chef at hotel “Esplanade” in Wegberg, Germany, where he cooked for famous people and celebrities such as Jarno Trulli, a former Formula One racing driver from Italy.
Savanovic teaches at the Academy of Cooking, established by the Chefs Association of Mediterranean and European Regions (SKMER). Also, he is one of the founders of “Chef Club Croatia”, an organization which participates in many competitions, trainings and the promotion of Croatian gastronomy in general.In Croatia, Savanovic prepared meals for all three Croatian presidents and participated in many culinary shows. Today, Pero Savanović is the head chef of the Mediteran restaurant in Primošten.