A Student from the College of Vocational Education in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Maribor Enters the Top Three Best Young Chefs in Europe
A 21-year-old student from the College of Vocational Education in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Maribor, Jure Dretnik, took second place in the competition for the title of the Best European Young Chef (European Young Chef Award, EYCA) presenting the traditional Carinthian dish Mal’ca Koroških Koscev to the jury. The recipe was based on Kvočevi Nudli (an analogue of dumplings) stuffed with dried pears, which is served as a main dish or a dessert. The Slovenian culinary specialist found the idea of his gastronomic masterpiece in the Left Pocket (Slovene: Levi devžej) story by the Carinthian writer Lovro Kuhar.
The finals of the EYCA competition organised by the International Institute for Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism took place on the Island of Rhodes (South Aegean, Greece) on 26-27 October 2019. Representatives of various gastronomic regions of Europe participated in this competition: Catalonia (Spain), Minha (Portugal), the Central region of Denmark with the capital in Aarhus, Northern Brabant (the Netherlands), Sibiu (Romania), Coimbra (Portugal), Menorca (Spain), and Slovenia. The gold of the competition was won by the 24-year-old Greek Eirini Giorgoudiou with a dish called Twelve Elements. The third place was taken by the Dane Hans Kjellsson with a dish called Taste of Home.
It should be added that the goal of the competition for young chefs is to promote innovation in traditional cuisine as well as sustainable cooking methods and preserve the culinary diversity of individual regions.