At the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, a gala ceremony was held for the second edition of the Gault & Millau Croatia gastronomic guide in 2019, featuring 150 best rated Croatian restaurants, 70 POP stores, 113 top quality wines and top 25 leading hotels from all over Croatia. As part of this important evening for the Croatian gastro scene, the prestigious annual Gault & Millau trophies, a kind of "culinary Oscar", were awarded and Gault & Millau Chef was declared. It was the largest gathering of Croatian chefs, and everyone was eagerly awaiting a guide to see the number of winning streams, that is, the G & M Chef Caps. The key to entering this prestigious guide is very simple, and that's just quality. The bike that runs Gault & Millau's editorial is "Luxury is in quality rather than in price".
"Gault & Millau, one of the two most prestigious world gastronomic guides, has the only issue for Croatia. The guide is bilingual in Croatian and English and is intended for domestic fine food lovers and foreign guests. It is recognizable by its yellow colour and appearance that is indivisible in all the countries in which it emerges. Professional and anonymous G & M inspectors worldwide work on the same rating methodology and according to the same criteria. Each restaurant can get from one to five chef caps, which is also the case in Croatia. We have visited all of our regions in search of new talents on the gastronomic scene, "says Ingrid Badurina Danielsson, director of Gault & Millau Croatia.
The Culinary Oscar Night was held at the Emerald Hall of the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, and the four-gala dinner was prepared by the chef of Esplanade Zagreb Hotel Ana Grgić, who won the Gault & Millau Croatia 2018 World Cup and Chef Igor Jagodić, from the Ljubljana restaurant Strelec Chef of the first Gault & Millau Slovenia guide 2019. The best Croatian chefs of the year chosen by Gault & Millau Croatia for 2019 were announced according to the categories, and Jacques Bally, the new world leader Gault & Millau and Vladislav Skvortsov, were rewarded. Chef of the year Gault & Millau Croatia in 2019 is Hrvoje Zirojević, from the restaurant Laganini in Palmižana. Four of the best Croatian restaurants with four caps were awarded: Restaurant 360 from Dubrovnik, Monte from Rovinj, Pelegrini from Šibenik and already mentioned Laganini. This year two trophies of the Great Chef of tomorrow were awarded for 2019; winners are Fabricio Vežnaver chef from Pergola restaurant in Savudrija and Matija Bregeš from Boškinac restaurant on Pag. The Chef of Traditional Cuisine Trophy for 2019 was awarded to chef Vesna Miletić, from the Tač restaurant in Zagreb. In the category Youth talent in 2019, trophy was awarded to chef Tino Sinožić from Opatija's Navis. Chef Biljana Milina from the tavern Mate from Korčula is the winner of the Chef Confectioner Trophy 2019. The best POP 2019 trophy went to Split's wine & cheese bar Paradox.
The project was supported by the Croatian Tourist Board, and congratulations to the winners were also sent by Slavija Jačan Obratov, Director of the Destination Management Division and support for the development of the offer. Support was provided by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia. Gala evening was attended by state secretary at the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Frano Matušić, who emphasized the importance of gastronomy as one of the most important contents of the tourist experience on which the entire brand of Croatia was built. Delivering the congratulations of Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli to all the award winners, State Secretary emphasized: "Croatia becomes a recognizable year-round gourmet destination that attracts visitors who attach more and more attention to authentic enogastronomy. According to research, as many as 93 per cent of visitors during the travel tour participate in some food and drink experience, which indicates that gastronomy is today the content for which almost all tourists are interested. Food and drink experiences can significantly influence the perception of the entire destination and the level of satisfaction of the guests with the overall tourist experience, therefore I thank and congratulate all the winners of this prestigious award for the effort, quality and commitment in everyday work and I wish many successes in further work."
The project was supported by special partners: HTZ, PBZ, Debić, Kotanyi, Maistra, Staropramen and Hotel Esplanade Zagreb and partners of the event: Veuve Clicquot, Queen Sheep, Jamnica, Naftalin, NAI 3.3, Duke Group, Krauthaker, Kabola, Tomić, Cattunar and Stampar . The Gault & Millau Croatia Guide for 2019 will soon be available for sale at Tisak shops. With Gault & Millau mobile apps, you'll easily find local restaurants and POPs nearby. The app shows ratings and detailed descriptions of all restaurants that are part of the Gault & Millau family. You can find more on the web site at hr.gaultmillau.com