The young and affable Ana Grgić (31) is the new chef de cuisine of the prestigious Zagreb hotel, the Esplanade. For the past three years, in her function as deputy chef de cuisine, Ana has worked closely with Jeffrey J. Vella. Her high levels of knowledge, professionalism and culinary skills have led to her leadership of the cuisines of both the hotel’s restaurants – the luxurious Zinfandel’s and the charming Le Bistro – as well as the Esplanade catering.
Ana continues to pursue the Esplanadetradition of supreme gastronomy; but, by her selection and combination of tastes, she strives to ‘spice’ it all up with a part of herself, thereby putting her signature on the dishes.
After completing her education at the Zagreb Hotel-Tourism School, Ana passed the 5th level master examination and acquired the highest title – master chef.
Aware of her abilities and driven by high ambitions, in 1999 Ana contacted the executive chef Ivica Štruml and accepted voluntary work in the cuisine of the prestigious Esplanade Hotel.
For many years, she acquired knowledge and skills from the experienced culinary masters and progressed quickly. Her talent was also recognised by the prize winning supreme chef Jeffrey James Vella, who offered huge support and appointed her his deputy.
Ambition and the desire to learn have led Ana to the addresses of the most prestigious world restaurants carrying two Michelin stars, where she polished her culinary skills for some time under the leadership of famous chefs, such as Yves Mattagne of the Sea Grill restaurant in Bruxelles and Christian Lohse from the acclaimed Berlin restaurant Fishers Fritz.
She also developed her knowledge at the culinary academy of the Rezidor Hotel Group. During her career at the Esplanade, Ana has had the pleasure of preparing meals for numerous statespeople, such as the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, the Austrian President Heinz Fischer, and famous royal families such as the Prince Albert of Monaco, the Princess Anne.
The endless list of famous people also includes sports legends such as David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. As well as entertainers such as Shakira, Sade, Sting, José Carreras, Bob Geldof, Bono Vox, and others.
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