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Welcome to THE SLOVENIA RESTAURANT AWARDS

A professional, independent and national selection of the best Slovenian restaurants.

EXPERT Committee

The selection of restaurants is the result of the work of the best experts in the field of enogastronomy, ethnology and tourism in Slovenia. For this purpose, a so-called an expert committee consisting of dr. Janez Bogataj, asst. dr. Aleš Gačnik, M.Sc. Helena Cvikl and editor-in-chief of international publishing houses InYourPocket and The Slovenia, Yuri Barron.

DR. JANEZ BOGATAJ

Prof. Janez Bogataj PhD He is the co-author of the Strategy of Gastronomy of Slovenia, and author of culinary pyramids for Slovenia and individual regions. He received domestic and foreign professional and social awards. Five of his books received the prestigious international Gourmand World Cookbook Award. He is a member of the IGCAT Institute, the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU project EDEN, etc

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.

YURI BARRON

Originally from Seattle, Yuri’s lived abroad for more than 18 years, including stops in the UK, South Africa, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. He travels as often as possible, visiting some 95 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.

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