The Golden Chef of the Balkans
Tomislav Hruban, a 40-year old Chef from Zagreb, is an important part of The Westin Zagreb hotel restaurant team. He was recently awarded with a title the Golden Chef of the Balkans, which he won after winning at the international competition held in Belgrade between May 21 and May 23, 2015. His expertise helped him to beat the competition from Slovenia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey.
To win such a prestigious award at the international level is a great honor and confirmation of our young chef's quality, effort and commitment to create unique culinary creations, which is his life mission.
Great and talented chefs need to be especially creative, with an eye for details and always motivated to find that one of the kind taste. Chef's creativity can be seen in dish presentation, which contributes to the overall gastronomic delight. Tomislav amazed the professional jury with his talent and brought this amazing international title to Croatia.
In just 90 minutes, he had to prepare to whole meal, however Tomislav finished 2 minutes before the deadline. For the cold starter his idea was to serve a fish – he prepared a sea bass with spinach and peppers in a curry sauce in combination with salmon and legume. For the main course he made a beefsteak filled with foie gras in a mangold sauce, tastily combined with forest mushrooms risotto and vegetable ragout. And for the dessert he prepared a white chocolate mousse with raspberries and peach dumplings.
Tomislav has been cooperating with the Croatian National Cooking team for the last couple of years in a row. He's actively taking part on national and international competitions. On one of those competitions he won the Croatia's cup, which enabled him to compete in Belgrade.
We are proud and happy that Timoslav's career began in our hotel group and that he's a member of extraordinary kitchen team in our hotels from his early beginnings.
Visit us today and enjoy in special and unique culinary delights of our golden chef.