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Carrying out a professional, independent and national selection of the best Slovenian restaurants is a project that has been maturing for quite some time and is now in its second year of running.
The increasing demand from tourists for reviews of Slovenian restaurants in foreign languages, and the fact that these reviews are a rarity even in Slovene, made us realise that the process of reviewing Slovene restaurants must begin as soon as possible.
Thus, in early autumn 2016 we started the project with the help from some Slovenian enogastronomy, folklore and tourism experts. The winners of 2017 TSRA were announced in March 2017.
Food and wine tourism is becoming the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry, both around the world and in Slovenia.
A collection of the best restaurants in Slovenia can help tourists decide where to go when seeking new culinary horizons. The selection of the best Slovenian restaurants is also meant for the general Slovenian public - how many times do you think about going out for a nice family lunch on Sunday, but have no idea where to go?
This selection truly is made by diners for diners, as we also invited you to cast your vote and give your opinion as the general public, along with a committee of experts and foodies.
Doctor Ethnological Sciences and Professor of Art History
Dr. Bogataj is co-author of the Strategy of Slovenian Gastronomy and culinary author of the pyramids of Slovenia and the individual regions. He has won professional awards both in Slovenia and abroad. Five of his books have received prestigious international awards, such as the Gourmand World Cookbook Award. His Kranjska Sausage Masterpieces from Slovenia (2015) received first place and the award for 'Best of the Best in the World' for books which were published in the preceding twenty years at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt. In Yantaiju, in China, he also won the 2015 “Best Book in the World” award in the category of desserts for Rolls from Slovenia. He is a member of the Institute IGCAT based in Barcelona, ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU project EDEN, as well as holding many other positions.
As an ethnographer and sociologist of culture, Dr. Aleš Gačnik works at the University of Primorska, where the Head of the Department for Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage at the Faculty of Tourism Studies, and head of the Centre for Gastronomy and Wine culture, University of. A representative of the University of the UNESCO / UNITWIN Network 'Culture, Tourism, Development' and expert member IGCAT - International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism. As a researcher, developer and professor he primarily works in the areas of heritage and cultural tourism, as well as in the field of wine and culinary culture. He has won several national and international awards.
Director of the Vocational College for Catering and Tourism Maribor
In addition to the successful education of top experts in the fields of tourism and hospitality, Helena Cvikl is active in many international organizations, linking educational establishments in the tourism and hotel industry, and also involved in various international projects and conferences. In 2002 she became General Secretary EURHODIP (an association of the leading hotel schools, based in Brussels) since 2011, and is now its Vice-President. She was among the first promoters of the European quality label Eurhoqual, and is a member of the European Committee Georges, based in Paris, ALPINE EUHOFA, the World Association of Schools EUHOFA International, a member of the Executive Committee of the Union Tourism Schools AEHT, based in Luxembourg, and the main judge and member of the committee for the preparation of regulations and rules of the European competitions. In 2003 she was awarded the EURHODIP association’s title of Ambassador of Central and Eastern Europe, and in 2007 became an honorary lecturer at the Academy of Tourism in Moscow. At the national level, she is the president and member of numerous professional committees.
International best-selling author and professor of art history
Noah Charney holds Masters degrees in art history from The Courtauld Institute and University of Cambridge , and a PhD from University of Ljubljana. He is Adjunct Professor of Art History at the American University of Rome and at University of Ljubljana, and is the founder of ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes against Art, a non-profit research group on issues in art crime (www.artcrimeresearch.org).
His work in the field of art crime has been praised in such forums as The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio, National Public Radio, El Pais, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Tatler among others. He has appeared on radio and television, including BBC, ITV, CNBC, National Geographic and CBS, as a presenter and guest expert. He is in constant demand as a lecturer. He has given popular TEDx talks, was a finalist for the main TED event, and teaches a Guardian Masterclass called "How to Write About Art." He also is one of the founding editors of The Journal of Art Crime, the first peer-reviewed academy journal in the field, and ofThe European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture(www.versopolis.com), an online cultural magazine funded by the European Union.
Charney is the author of hundreds of academic and popular articles, contributing regularly to The Guardian, the Daily Beast, Atlantic, Salon, The Art Newspaper, The Washington Post, Esquire and many others. His first novel, The Art Thief (Atria 2007), was translated into seventeen languages and was a best-seller in five countries. He is the editor of academic essay collections, Art & Crime: Exploring the Dark Side of the Art World (Praeger 2009) and Art Crime: Terrorists, Tomb Raiders, Forgers and Thieves (Palgrave 2016). He wrote the Museum Time series of guides to museums in Spain (Planeta 2010), which is also available as an app. His is author of critically-acclaimed, best-selling works of non-fiction, including Stealing the Mystic Lamb: the True History of the World’s Most Coveted Masterpiece (PublicAffairs 2011), The Thefts of the Mona Lisa: On Stealing the World’s Most Famous Painting (ARCA Publications 2011) and The Art of Forgery (Phaidon 2015), which was an Amazon #1 best-seller. His forthcoming books include The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art (written with Ingrid Rowland, Norton 2017) and Lost Art (Phaidon 2018).
He lives in Slovenia (believe it or not).
Business owner at LjubljanaNjam foodwalks, writer, public speaker
After 10 years of photojournalistic career and 2,5 years of living in Canada, Iva Gruden decided she wants to carry our her true passion - merging great cuisine, organising events, and meeting interesting people. Therefore in July 2013 her own business LjubljanaNjam foodwalks was born out of sheer love for Ljubljana cuisine and great people that create it. With a professional background as a food and sustainable development journalist, and personal as a globe trotter, she decided to focus on restauranteurs’ gastronomy as much as on their stories, values and visions - and that’s why her clients lover her foodwalks because they are full with not just food but also great information. She loves discovering new foodie venues in town as well as around the country and the globe, and is very particular about service staff. When she’s not thinking about her business 24/7, she leads panel discussions or public events, writes for a food magazine, organises charity events like Dobropeka, and most recently tries to figure out how to be a good (future) mom.
The expert committee has the professional qualifications and personal experience prepare a comprehensive list of restaurants, which offer high quality food and service and thus a superior culinary experience. Slovenia is divided into five regions; north, south, east, west, and Ljubljana and Central Slovenia. Each member has proposed 15 restaurants in each region, with 25 for Ljubljana and Central Slovenia.
Each member of the expert committee must have visited a restaurant they propose at least once in the last two years.
Commission members select finalist on the following basis:
The restaurant must have been open for at least one year. Restaurants that were opened in 2016 will thus become candidates in 2018.
The foods and beverages offered must be marked by diversity, quality of ingredients, presentation of dishes, consistency of flavours, innovation and appropriate coupling of food and drink.
The level of service must be high, such as the greeting of guests, recommending of food and beverages, as well as the knowledge of the staff.
On this basis the experts will form an assessment of "overall satisfaction" when visiting a restaurant.
Voting for The Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2018:
The Expert Comitee prepared a preliminary selection of restaurants, rules and criteria for the selection and set up a list of restaurants that it submitted to the Chef and Foodies Academy voting: consisting of chefs from selected restaurants, 300 cook experts, journalists, critics, bloggers, experts and lovers in the field of enogastronomy, numerous winemakers, sommeliers and representatives of various industry associations. Their votes count 75% of the final grade. The public will also choose between a set of restaurants. (third level - vote started on February 9, 2018).
On the basis of a wider list, we will select up to 10 of the best restaurants in each region.
The voice of the people: the public will once again be invited to vote on your website for your favorite restaurant via the media and social networks. Their votes count 25% of the final grade.
THE Slovenia Restaurants Book - Sponsored by Diners Club: Top 140 Restaurants. The new book and awards that placed Slovenia on the culinary map of the world is now available in shops!
THE Slovenia Restaurants book features the very best in Slovenian dining, chefs and restaurants. Now that THE Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2017 have finished, we can reveal the very best restaurants found all over Slovenia.
After months of preparations, including an experts committee, a two month voting process by Chefs and Foodies Academy and a vote open to the public, the search for the best Slovenian restaurants in 2017 is over, and we are pleased to announce the regional and overall winners.
The restaurants that received the prestigious title of Regional Winner are Vila Podvin (North), Ošterija Debeluh (South), Gostilna Rajh (East), Hiša Franko (West) and Restavracija Strelec (Ljubljana & Central Slovenia).
The award for Best Restaurant in Slovenia went to Hiša Franko, with internationally recognized Chef Ana Roš at the helm.
The finalists for the best regional and overall restaurants in Slovenia cannot be overlooked, as the quality presented by them was outstanding.