Hvar to become the gastronomic centre of Croatia
Sixth edition of the international festival Taste the Mediterranean will take place from 22nd to 25th of May on attractive locations in the city of Hvar and the surrounding area. Like every year, the guests and participants of the festival can expect exciting masterclasses of renowned Croatian and foreign chefs crowned with Gault&Millau toques and Michelin stars, exclusive four hands dinners by united chefs who will prepare Mediterranean specialties, lectures and workshops of respectable sommeliers, scientists, experts and professionals from the catering sector from Croatia, Italy and Belgium. As a part of the festival programme, the Mediterranean market will take place on Hvar’s main square, the famous Pjaca, with exhibitors of traditional island products.
Just like last year, the focus will again be on sustainability and ecology, as well as the preservation of intangible cultural heritage of our islands, included in the UNESCO list. From the very beginnings, the desire and the guiding principle of the festival is the preservation and promotion of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle as well as the promotion of Croatia as a significant oenological and gastronomical destination.
This year’s edition of the festival will welcome chef Bee Satongun, who holds the title of the Best female chef in Asia 2018, awarded by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Her restaurant Paste in Bangkok is crowned with one Michelin star. The Festival will also welcome one of the best Croatian chefs, Hrvoje Zirojević, the holder of the title Chef of the year 2019 by Gault&Millau Croatia, from restaurant Laganini on Palmižana.
Gault&Millau Croatia laureates for 2019 The great chef of tomorrow 2019 Fabricio Vežnaver, Traditional cuisine chef of the year 2019 Vesna Miletić, Pastry chef 2019 Biljana Milina will also hold masterclasses.
The participants of the festival will have the opportunity to learn from the already “house” chef of the festival Lionel Levy, whose work is crowned with three Gault&Millau toques and a Michelin star, known as the creator of the new Mediterranean cuisine. Japanese-French chef Ippei Uemura, Young talent of the year 2017 by Gault&Millau France will demonstrate the Japanese technique of cutting and processing fish.
Other acclaimed chefs will also participate at the festival: Italian chef Marcello Trentini, Vicente Patino, chef from Valencia, Igor Jagodic, Chef of the year 2019 by Gault&Millau Slovenia, Master pastry chef Sokol Prenga from Albania, chefs Sandra and Dane Tahirović from Split and chef Nataša Vukmirović from Hvar.
Ms Mira Šemić, renowned sommelier, Wine Academic and director of Gault&Millau Slovenia and Siniša Koceić and Alen Gulen, popularisers of the culture of wine, will conduct wine tasting workshops.