The title Chef of the Year was awarded to chef Igor Jagodic from Ljubljana's Strelec restaurant.
Chef Igor Jagodic has been at the helm of Strelec restaurant ever since 2012. His masterful plates and polished dishes have shot the restaurant at the Archer's Tower of Ljubljana castle between the culinary stars. His dishes represent the crossroads of the Alps, the Adriatic Sea and the Pannonia Plain, connecting the past with modern technologies and trying to reinvent traditional food in a new, fresh way. He had always known he wanted to become
a chef and was educated in prestigious hotels and restaurants at home and abroad. For example, the famous Noma restaurant in Denmark – chef Rene Redzepi taught Jagodic the whole philosophy of preparing contemporary dishes from local ingredients.
For him, being a chef is not a profession; it is a way of life, which is why his colours are vibrant, smells and tastes are full of joy and the desserts are true artistic miniatures. He teaches young generations selflessly and his colleagues respect him: not just because he is talented, experienced, inspirational and full of knowledge but because he is humble, sincere and has a big heart. Igor Jagodic is a master of cooking. He lives and breathes with his kitchen and personifies the values of Gault&Millau, which is why Gault&Millau Slovenia 2019 awards him with the prestigious title Chef of the Year.