Focus on the new generation of gastronomes at this year’s Gourmet
Gourmet Festival, Budapest, Hungary. Source: Gourmet Festival
With more than 100 exhibitors, including around 50 restaurants, dozens of confectioneries, street food, international cuisine and a variety of drinks from beers, wines, and champagnes to cocktails, the Gourmet Festival is the most important gastronomic event in Hungary. From 2-4 June, the Millenáris will once again host the event, this year with the theme “New Generation”.
Also this year, the festival will not focus on a specific food or ingredient: this time, the focus will be on young people and with them, innovation, new trends, technologies, ingredients or even style.
“Last year we focused on the theme of ‘Heritage’, but this year we are focusing on the future, as we can already see a new generation of chefs, pastry chefs, baristas and bartenders who, despite their youth, are representing their profession to a very high standard”
– said Richárd Nemes, Gourmet’s chief organiser.
At this year’s festival, the new generation will be represented by young professionals such as Anett Béres, who after university chose to follow her heart and became a self-taught pastry chef at the Michelin-starred BorkonyhaandTextúra, and Richárd Csillag, chef at Lokal47 in Kétthely, who competed in one of the world’s most prestigious chef competitions at the age of 21, Mátyás Huszár, who leads the cheekily young team at the Vasüzlet in Balatonfüred, described as the “most exciting new opening” on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, and Edina Makai, who studied philosophy and played drums in a band before becoming assistant chef at the Michelin-starred Salt restaurant.
There will be János Mizsei, the field-proven chef of MÁK, who last year won The Michelin Guide’s Young Chef of the Year award (a recognition given to the next generation of chefs by the international gastronomic guide), and Pál Tóth, the bold and ambitious chef of Alabárdos in Szeged, who used to have a punk band but now has his own cookbook. The festival audience will also meet Rozina Wossala, restaurateur – writer – presenter, who will give a workshop for gourmet foodies who want to learn on the Gourmet Academy stage.
In addition to Gourmet’s usual, but still exceptional food and drink offer, there will also be a number of exciting programmes, including professional demonstrations and performances that will bring together the culinary arts with literature, music and even painting.