Chef Amaro wins Poland's first Michelin Rising Star

Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:03am EDT
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By Karolina Slowikowska

WARSAW (Reuters) - You will find it in an inconspicuous little red-brick building hidden in a small park in the heart of Warsaw - between the prime minister's office and the museum of modern art.

Poland's first restaurant to receive Michelin's Rising Star award guides its guests through a modern and modest version of Poland's culinary traditions.

Its top chef and owner, Wojciech Amaro, created his auteur restaurant after 20 years of searching for tastes, ideas and exquisite products all over Europe.

His work for top restaurants in the world, such as Le Meurice in France or El Bulli in Spain, both of which have 3 Michelin stars, have made him believe that good quality and local ingredients are key.

He says the chef's talent and vision lie lower down on the priority list.

"I've travelled around Poland for a year and half, preparing myself for the creation of my Atelier and searching for the best foods possible," Wojciech Amaro told Reuters.

"Did you know that Poland is famous for its edible flowers, herbs, wild game and mushrooms and most Poles don't even know it?"

Amaro said his adventure with cooking began when, as a student, he went to London to learn better English and got a job in a restaurant.   Continued...

Chef and owner Wojciech Amaro tastes food in the kitchen of his restaurant Atelier Amaro in the center of Warsaw April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel