Taste the Mediterranean: Where International Chefs Mix with the Split Culinary Scene

Split will become the culinary core of the Mediterranean from October 6 to 9, thanks to the international Taste the Mediterranean festival! 

The festival brings together the best international and local chefs whose restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars and Gault & Millau points. Split restaurants Dvor, Kadena, Kinoteka, Hotel Park, Zora Bila, and Zrno Soli will host chefs from seven countries for six-course Mediterranean gala dinners paired with wines.

The festival opens with the delights of Chef Zlatko Marinović Noštromo for an elegant feast at the Split Fish Market.

Split Restaurant Nights will be held in cooperation with the Tommy retail chain, where 15 restaurants will offer three-course Mediterranean menus and wine at a promotional price on Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9. The participating restaurants include Atlantida, Bajamonti, Brasserie on 7, Bokeria, Corto Maltese, Dujkin Dvor, Fantažija, Konoba Fetivi, Konoba Marul, Mazgoon, Laganini, Pandora Greenbox, Portofino, Sidi bar, and Šug.

Briig Boutique Hotel is the center for the festival’s main events, where the panel ‘Catering during and after COVID’ will be held on Thursday, October 7. Chef Vesna Miletić, Jelena Tabak, president of the National Association of Croatian Caterers, chef Ippei Uemura, Filip Verbanac, director of the Department for Spirits, Coffee and Catering Coca-Cola HBC for the Adria business unit, and Ivo Vrdoljak, restaurant owner, will speak about how the hospitality sector is coping with the new challenges the pandemic brings.

The ‘Zero Waste’ panel on Friday, October 8, will highlight the importance of waste management in the hospitality and hotel industry, led by Nataša Kalauz, CEO of WWF Adria, chef Lionel Levy, president of the French association Gourméditerranée, Suzana Musa, CEO Veneficus, and Francesco Pantalone, General Manager of the Bellevue Hotel in Mali Lošinj.

The program also includes culinary masterclasses of top foreign and Croatian chefs and workshops for students from private catering school Oliva Allegra, high school Aspira and high school Jure Kaštelan in Omiš.

The ‘Learn and make your dreams come true’ panel will be led by Kruno Rozić, head of education at the Raise the Bar Academy. Young chefs, waiters, and bartenders have the chance to win a Coca-Cola Academy Raise the Bar scholarship for a spot in the most prestigious culinary schools. Confectioner Tea Mamut, chef Nikolina Putica, chef Deni Srdoč from the Rijeka restaurant Nebo, and Tonči Drlje, head of gastronomy at the Aspira High School, will all share stories about learning in an international environment. 

Spain is the festival partner country, bringing its specialties, wines, and olive oils to Split. Spanish products will be presented by chef Maria Jimenez Latorre, along with a cooking show at Briig Boutique Hotel. Park Hotel will also host a gala dinner with Spanish specialties curated by chef Goran Šikić.

Exclusive wine tastings will be held by connoisseurs Alen Gulan, Siniša Koceić, and Rajner Rogulj from Split’s Vinolike, and Dr. Mirella Žanetić will present Spanish extra virgin olive oils.

A group of chefs from the French association Gourméditerranée will present the gastronomy of Provence and the south of France and the acclaimed international event Gout de France.

Omiš and the Cetina river canyon will be highlighted on Saturday, October 9, where participants can enjoy the delicacies of Radman’s mills and Arsana Tasting House in Omis.

Taste the Mediterranean is held thanks to the Ministry of Culture, the Croatian Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Tourism and Croatian National Tourist Board, Split-Dalmatia County, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, and the Split Tourist Board.