Welcome to THE SLOVENIA RESTAURANT AWARDS
A professional, independent and national selection of the best Slovenian restaurants.
DR. JANEZ BOGATAJ
Emeritus Professor 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.
DR. ALEŠ GAČNIK
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.
MAG. HELENA CVIKL
Director of the Vocational College for Catering and Tourism MariborIn 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.
Editor-in-Chief of In Your Pocket City Guides and Managing Editor of The Slovenia. Originally from Seattle, Yuri's lived abroad for more than 16 years, including stops in the UK, South Africa, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. He travels as often as possible for both work and pleasure, visiting some 90 countries thus far, and since 2009 he's been the managing editor of Slovenia's In Your Pocket guides as well as an editor and writer for various THE Slovenia projects, giving him the opportunity to visit virtually every village, valley and vineyard on the sunny side of the Alps.