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Excellent chefs, tasty food as Ljubljana hosts European Food Summit

Ljubljana, 5 November - Ljubljana will host the European Food Summit, a festival of good food, food connoisseurs and some of the world's top chefs, from Saturday to Monday, featuring a number of events at which speakers from around the globe will present their stories to encourage a sustainable future, the organisers said in Ljubljana on Thursday.

The European Food Summit presented to the press, with Jezeršek Catering director Martin Jezeršek, chef Ana Roš, the event's curator Andrea Petrini and STO's Barbara Zmrzlikar.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

The European Food Summit presented to the press, with Jezeršek Catering director Martin Jezeršek, STO's Barbara Zmrzlikar, chef Ana Roš and the event's curator Andrea Petrini.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Chef Ana Roš and the European Food Summit's curator Andrea Petrini at a news conference at which the summit was presented.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

The European Food Summit presented to the press at Grand Hotel Union.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

The summit is organised by Jezeršek Catering together with the Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) and Ljubljana's tourism board Turizem Ljubljana, and curated by Andrea Petrini, one of the world's most influential food critics.

Saturday's Gourmet Ljubljana Crawl will bring together culture, architecture and food as eight young chefs prepare dishes at pop-up eateries at selected landmarks in the city.

Journalists from abroad will be taken on a culinary tour on Sunday to get an insight into the stories of individuals who are pushing the boundaries in gastronomy.

Twenty-four journalists from 14 countries, mostly European, will take part, which Barbara Zmrzlikar from the STO finds really great "in these hard times".

The Ljubljana Soul Chefs will follow in the evening featuring teams of two cooks preparing food at three different restaurants.

A number of chefs of world renown will meanwhile gather at Ljubljana Castle on Monday alongside writers and activists advocating local self-sufficiency, gender equality and humane working conditions. Economic Minister Zdravko Počivalšek and STO director Maja Pak will deliver introductory addresses.

The summit will culminate in the evening with an "adventurous" dinner cooked by "Slovenia's all eight Michelin stars".

Martin Jezeršek, director of Jezeršek Catering, said he would like the participants leaving "being aware that some things can be done differently, better".

He said there were many culinary events in Europe, yet something that would connect Europe was missing, which the summit was aiming to change.

Turizem Ljubljana is on the other hand happy that the summit, which was first organised in 2019, coincides with the November Gourmet Ljubljana festival this year.

Slovenian chef Ana Roš said a crisis exposed cracks in our systems, but "we cooks have shown that we're open-hearted and that we understand both local and seasonal".

She urged "eating in a balanced manner and the way our ancestors did 100 years ago - what the body needs, what natures gives, and then one can never exaggerate", as she noted that the UN had already warned about a new crisis coming, a famine, in the next 10-15 years.

© STA, 2021