19. September 2021

Split – the capital of the Mediterranean

The program of the exclusive Mediterranean dinners at this year’s Taste the Mediterranean Festival is richer than ever. In some of the leading restaurants in Split, local and foreign top chefs – awarded with Michelin stars, Gault & Millau toques and other prestigious titles – will be cooking together. In addition to the host chef, all the exclusive dinners will be prepared by at least two other guest chefs. A real gourmet experience for the lovers of good food who will be able to taste several different Mediterranean cuisines in just one evening.

Chef Braco Sanjin, in his Kadena restaurant, will host the French chef Lionel Lévy from Alcyone, a one-Michelin star restaurant in the InterContinental Hotel in Marseille, together with the Istrian chef Fabricio Vežnaver, from restaurant Pergola in Zambratija, who is the Gault&Millau Croatia Chef of the Year 2021. The dessert will be prepared by the French pastry chef Clément Higgins.

In Kinoteka restaurant, chef Marko Đurašević will join forces with chef Michael Gollenz from Alfred Keller restaurant, in the Alhambra Hotel on Mali Lošinj, which has just won a Michelin star, and with the Japanese award-winning chef Ippei Uemura. In his restaurant Tabi in Marseille the chef combines the traditional Japanese culinary art with modern Mediterranean cuisine.

Chef Hrvoje Zirojević will welcome a young French cheffe, Laetitia Visse, who likes to prepare meat specialties and whose restaurant in Marseille is significantly called La femme du boucher (Butcher’s wife). On the other side chef Antony Germani from restaurant Le Cabanon, in Marseille, works mostly with blue fish.

On Saturday night, in the restaurant Zrno Soli, which has a Michelin plate and 3 Gault & Millau toques, the host chef Stjepan Vukadin will cook alongside the famous Slovenian chef Jure Tomič who also has a Michelin plate and 4 Gault & Millau toques. Together with them there will be the Greek chef Anastasios Paraskeyaidis from the exclusive Mount Athos resort in Ierissos. The dinner will be ended by one of the best French chocolatiers, Claude Krajner.

At the same time, in their restaurant Zora bila, chefs Sandra and Dane Tahirović will host two chefs, both awarded with a Michelin star: the French chef Coline Faulquier who got it for her Signature restaurant in Marseille and the young Croatian chef Deni Srdoč who got it for the second time for the newly open restaurant Nebo, within the Hilton Costabella Hotel in Rijeka, where he recently started to work as chef de cuisine.

This impressive gourmet program is completed by a gala dinner by Spanish chef Maria Jimenez Latorre at Hotel Park, hosted by chef Goran Šikić and a welcome dinner for all the Festival’s participants prepared by chef Zlatko Marinovic – Noštromo – the winner of this year’s Gault & Millau Croatia trophy for innovative traditional cuisine.

No doubt – the Festival Taste the Mediterranean will turn Split into the capital of the Mediterranean.