ABOUT CHEF, ANA GRGIĆ TOMIĆ
Ana Grgić Tomić, the first lady of the Esplanade kitchen, began her cooking career at the hotel 25 years ago, and has for more than eleven years stood at the helm of Zinfandel's restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Croatia, as well as the charming French restaurant Le Bistro while at the same time also successfully running Esplanade Catering. During all those years, her innovative and creative menus have amazed numerous guests and famous people from the world of showbiz and entertainment, members of royal families such as Prince Charles, world statespeople, and many more. Ana has received a number of accolades for her personality, excellence, and style of cooking. Prestigious publications have nominated her for woman of the year and person of the year. Her risotto was included in the famous Guida Gallo guide’s list of the best risottos in the world in 2013, 2016, and 2022 . Ana’s style of preparing dishes and her personality have led her to participate as a jury member in the popular TV cooking shows Celebrity MasterChef and 3, 2, 1 kuhaj (or cook!). In addition, Ana proudly bears the title of ambassador for the Fish Forward Project in Croatia within the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) initiative, thus setting an example for raising consumer awareness of the global environmental and social consequences of consumption of fishery products. Ana was one of the first in Croatia to introduce into the hotel business, in cooperation with WWF, the Food Waste program, and her principles of sustainable food preparation brought the Zinfandel's restaurant a prestigious Green Michelin star. In 2022, Ana was crowned as Chef of the Year, as selected by the guide Gault&Millau Croatia, while in 2016 she was awarded the title of Great Chef of Tomorrow. Her culinary virtuosity and creativity have been recognised by the gourmet association Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, which awarded Ana the prestigious title of Chef Rôtisseur. Throughout her years of working at the hotel, Ana has had the opportunity to collaborate with numerous foreign chefs awarded with Michelin stars from France, Italy, Israel, Korea, Austria, and is a regular guest with her team at top restaurants, thus representing the very top of Croatian gastronomy.