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The first Michelin-starred chef in Romania opens a restaurant

The first chef awarded a Michelin star in Romania, Bogdan Dănilă, has opened a restaurant in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca.

Pastel will be the restaurant of the Hotel Meridian on Tordai road, and according to the press release, it will have a European-style kitchen. It is not yet known what Dănilă’s part will be in the restaurant — if he will be a chef or simply the owner. Neither is it known if the restaurant will feature fine dining, but knowing the chef, this would be the case.

Dănilă’s Michelin star career started in 2002 in Dublin, where he worked at L’Ecrivain, which was not yet a Michelin-starred restaurant; it got the award later on, in 2003. In 2010, he joined the team at Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay, which after a year also got its Michelin star. Dănilă then continued his career as the assistant to Jason Atherton at Pollen Street Social in London, and later on, he took over the leadership of The Clocktower in New York, which in 2018 was awarded its Michelin star.

We should not expect that his restaurant in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca will also be awarded a Michelin star, as Michelin is not even active in this area, only in Bucharest.

Bogdan Dănilă was awarded a Michelin star in 2017. Two years later, another Hungarian chef, Veres István from Kézdivásárhely/Târgu Secuiesc, received the award; he is preparing now for the final of the Bocuse d’Or chef competition in Lyon, representing Hungary.

Featured photo: degustam.ro

Author: Blanka Székely