Farm to Plate

Farm to Plate is a new CHEF-SACHE feature.
The chef is no longer the only star of the show. We will now get to meet the producer as well – the person whose hard work makes culinary magic possible. Farm to Plate will detail and document the close partnership that can exist between chefs and their suppliers, such as farmers, gardeners, fish farmers and fishermen. Our partner in this venture will be Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe, who for many years have been promoting such partnerships and who in Germany have built up an entire gourmet network.

World’s Best Female Chef Shooting Star
Ana Roš featuring Miha the Forager,
Hiša Franko, Kobarid

At the Hiša Franko restaurant in Slovenia’s lake district, the kitchen is headed by a woman who has worked her way up from nowhere to win World’s Best Female Chef 2017. But there is no trace of haute cuisine in Ana Roš’s background. In fact, having studied in Trieste and learned five languages, she was destined to become a diplomat. But when her husband took over his parents’ hotel, Roš abandoned her first career choice and took over the kitchen at the Hiša Franko – despite the fact that, at the time, she didn’t know how to cook. Her second career was therefore by no means predictable.
Without ever having set foot in a cookery school, she set about acquiring the skills that every good chef needs. Through hard work, energy and talent she worked her way to the top. Her style is strictly regional. Foraged flowers, fungi and wild grasses feature heavily along with beef from local herds that graze on mountain pastures.