Slovenia obtains the title European Gastronomic Region 2021

24.05.2021 Roundabout Travel


Slovenia is known for its diverse cultural and gastronomic heritage, offering a variety of traditional dishes influenced by a mixture of Adriatic, Mediterranean and Central European cuisine.

Gastronomy is a huge part of the culture and an important part of tourist offer. The gastronomic and cultural diversity offered by our small country is one of the main reasons to visit Slovenia. Slovenia is also known for being one of the most sustainability-oriented countries in Europe.

Slovenia became a candidate for obtaining the title European Region of Gastronomy 2021 in March 2018. The project is intended to promote national cuisine and is supported by world-renowned chefs, such as Dr. Janez Bogataj, Luka Košir, Mira Semić and Ana Roš.

All candidates and awarded regions work together with the aim of raising awareness about cultural and food uniqueness, stimulating gastronomic innovation, educating for better nutrition and others.

In the process of obtaining the title, Slovenia submitted a book Taste Slovenia edited by Dr. Janez Bogataj to the official authority that confers the title, the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts, and Tourism (IGCAT). The book celebrates the culinary diversity of Slovenia, its local dishes and takes us to the history of Slovenian gastronomy.

Creative cuisine, photo: Tomo Jeseničnik


Michelin stars for Slovenian culinary experts

In 2020, Slovenia was officially put on the map of the world’s best chefs by obtaining several Michelin awards. The awarded chefs are the following:

Two stars:

Hiša Franko, Ana Roš

One star:

Gostilna pri Lojzetu, chef Tomaž Kavčič; Hiša Denk, chef Gregor Vračko; Vila Podvin, chef Uroš Štefelin; Restavracija Atelje, chef Jorg Zupan; Restavracija Dam, chef Uroš Fakuč.

Top Chef - Uroš Štefelin, photo: Miha Horvat, arhiv Turizem Radovljica



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