Photography Karim Merdjadi Chef Ambassador. Cook & Chef Institute
You can't have a great kitchen, pâtisserie or restaurant without top-notch ingredients and an awesome team. High-quality equipment is of equal importance and Bergner offers me the chance to work with the very best tools to make my desserts the best they can be

Karim Merdjadi

Signature Chef

Since I can remember, my inspiration and passion has always been about food, especially cooking. Sure, the reading, training, travelling and running restaurants have helped me refine my cooking skills, but making magic happen in the kitchen has always been my first love.

 

Like many others in Slovenia, my first training was in the Bled College of Catering...

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Since I can remember, my inspiration and passion has always been about food, especially cooking. Sure, the reading, training, travelling and running restaurants have helped me refine my cooking skills, but making magic happen in the kitchen has always been my first love.

 

Like many others in Slovenia, my first training was in the Bled College of Catering and Tourism. After a stint in military service I finished my apprenticeship and continued my education at the Cordon Bleu school in Paris, where I received a Grand Diplôme.

 

For a complete change of scene – and plenty of inspiration – I took myself off to Malaga in Spain where I immersed myself in a full-on tapas kitchen: plenty of work experience there!

 

I brought this back with me to Slovenia, where I opened my first restaurant (for Interspa). But my love of cooking surfaced again and my management duties kept me away from the kitchen! So I took a job as head chef in Slovenia’s first Spanish restaurant.

 

Following that I spent a few happy years setting up new restaurants, doing consultancy work, all while fitting in more training courses in the UK, France and Austria. My understanding of gastronomy was constantly improving... but with my love of cooking always being the heart and soul of everything I did.

 

Numbers:

  • 27 years in gastronomy 
  • 19 years as head chef
  • 8 years as chef de pâtisserie
  • 1 of three judges Slovenian Masterchef

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