How Ana Ros, One of the World’s Best Chefs, Put Slovenia on the Culinary Map

Ana Ros, the chef and owner of Hiša Franko in Kobarid, Slovenia, has become one of the most celebrated chefs in the world, putting Slovenian cuisine on the culinary map. She has won numerous awards, including the World’s Best Female Chef in 2017, and her restaurant has been ranked among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2016.

Ros was not always a chef. She started her career as a diplomat, but her passion for cooking eventually led her to culinary school. In 2000, she and her husband, Valter Kramar, took over his family’s restaurant, Hiša Franko, in the Soča Valley in western Slovenia. The restaurant had been in his family for generations but had fallen on hard times.

Ros’s cooking style is a reflection of her background and travels. She uses traditional Slovenian ingredients and techniques, but also draws inspiration from other cultures and cuisines. Her dishes are often inventive and playful, with unexpected combinations of flavors and textures.

One of Ros’s most famous dishes is the “Walk in the Woods,” which features a variety of ingredients found in the nearby forest, including mushrooms, berries, and herbs. Another signature dish is the “Oxtail Soup,” which is made with beef broth, oxtail, vegetables, and a dollop of sour cream.

In addition to her restaurant, Ros is also a television personality and has appeared on several cooking shows, including Netflix’s Chef’s Table. She is also a judge on MasterChef Slovenia.

Ros’s success has brought attention to Slovenia’s culinary scene and has helped put the country on the map as a food destination. She has also become a role model for women in the industry, inspiring many with her dedication, creativity, and success.

Despite her success, Ros remains humble and committed to her craft. She continues to experiment with new ingredients and techniques and is always looking for ways to push the boundaries of Slovenian cuisine.

For those who have not had the pleasure of dining at Hiša Franko, Ros’s cookbook, “Sun and Rain,” offers a glimpse into her world and features recipes from her restaurant. It is a testament to her passion for cooking and her love for Slovenia, and is sure to inspire readers to explore the country’s culinary traditions.

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