30 September 2019 – Last week, the first gastronomy academy in Croatia opened in Zagreb. The Majstor kuhar (Master chef) academy, founded by famous Croatian chef and academician Branko Ognjenović, was presented by his young team.
After many years in world of gastronomy, chef Branko has announced his active retirement where he plans to dedicate his time mostly to humanitarian work for the charity Udruga Renato – kuhari bez granica.
The team of experts at the academy is led by MD Sabina Jalšić, chef Dario Lido (Branko’s successor) and Nenad Bratković.
Branko will still be active in each segment of the academy as a lecturer in master class workshops but the young force that have been with Branko since the start will take over implementing the academy goals.
Over 150 friends, chef colleagues, business associates and media representatives came to show their support in the 300m2 space equipped with state-of-the-art technology which will allow the academy to share information and enable online courses.
Students of the academy will be given a certificate MAJSTOR KUHAR upon finishing the seminar. The main mission of the Academy is to empower the working market with skilled labour, reduce the deficit with education and increase competency in the market. It is the first academy on the Croatian market that offers professional training in gastronomy.
The space in which the academy is located is an educational venue equipped with up to date equipment for interactive education on topics such as cookery and nutrition, as well as adapting it to people with special needs, gastro diseases but also for organising master classes. The academy has announced collaboration with other guests from the world of gastronomy and enology. So far, the, the following names have confirmed their collaboration; David Skoko, Hrvoje Zirojević, Stefan “Stevo“ Karapanza and Ljubica Komlenić.
It was also announced that the academy would collaborate with the Culinary Arts Institute UVU ( Utah, Salt Lake City – US ), WACS ( World Association of Chefs Societies ) and is currently in negotiations with CIA (Culinary Institute of America) and Cordon Bleu. The goal is to develop programs with these institutions. Other then educations, the academy will offer consultancy services in various activities in the field of gastronomy, organization of gastro manifestations and other jobs in the field.
More details on the website.