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HRC Culinary Academy

The premier culinary school in Eastern Europe

HRC Culinary Academy offers a 2-year program in Culinary Arts and a 3-semester program in F&B Management, developed by educational and industry leaders. The programs are completely taught in English by international Chef instructors. Our facility in Sofia is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment in our kitchen laboratories, demo theatre, wine cellar and teaching restaurant Talents. Soon to open is the first . . . .

 

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Henri Donneaux

Henri Donneaux

Chef Donneaux (Belgium) comes straight from the industry where he gained a vast amount of experience. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of Namur, Belgium, where he learned the secrets of the classical French cuisine. With over 24 years of professional experience in Belgium, France and the US, Chef Donneaux had the chance to work with some of the most recognized and distinguished names in the culinary industry: World renowned 3 Michelin star Chef Guy Savoy and Chef Thomas Henkelmann. After receiving the practical and theoretical knowledge to lead a fine dining kitchen, Chef Donneaux has held Executive Chef and General Manager positions in upscale establishments, where he was in charge of teams with up to 50 kitchen staff . Besides his background in classical French cooking, he is also very familiar and experienced with the American trends in cuisine.

Francisco Lorenzo

Francisco Lorenzo

Chef Lorenzo (Spain) holds a Masters Degree in Gastronomy and Culinary Arts at San Jorge University. Throughout the years, Chef Lorenzo gained a vast experience around the world, especially in Pastry. He is well versed in both niche fine dining to large volume banquets with a wide range repertoire of hands-on international cuisine including Classical French and Spanish, European Continental, Mediterranean, and Pastry. Prior to joining HRC Academy, Chef Lorenzo was a lecturer at the Hong Kong Culinary Academy teaching Pastry, Bakery and French Cooking.

Viktorija Baltutyte

Viktorija Baltutyte

Having graduated our culinary academy (HRC Culinary Academy) she has a vast international experience in the hospitality industry since 2013! Victorija has worked in numerous highly regarded kitchens across the globe! So far her journey has brought her back to Sofia where she develops her professional and personal skills at Nikolas0/360, where she is the sous-chef! Together with her team they hold prizes such as "Best Restaurant" in Bulgaria 2017, Best Signature Cuisine 2017, 2018 and multiple other awards. In 2015 she aces the 1st place for the best Pastry chef in a culinary competition organised by the American Culinary Federation! Victorija is passionate about bold flavors and experimenting in the kitchen! One of her main strives is to promote women being chefs as she believes that in a male-dominated field, female chefs find the best way to get ahead is to support one another!

Viktor Svetoslavov

Viktor Svetoslavov

Chef Viktor started his studies at the HRC Academy after years of professional experience, turning his passion for culinary arts into his career path. He trained at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, a luxury hotel with Michelin restaurant in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Afterwards he spent a year at the Sea Island Resort Golf and Spa in Georgia, USA. His culinary experience also includes positions in Bulgaria and in the Kempinski group in Germany. Chef Viktor is a well-rounded professional with an additional degree in Marketing and Management and has a proven track record in human resources management, and business operation management. Chef’s favorites are Artisan bread making.

Victor Zhechev

Victor Zhechev

Bulgarian native but by now a citizen of the world. Chef Victor is one of the early generations of HRC Academy graduates. He gained experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands as well as at the 1.300 room Atlanta Hilton and Towers. Before returning home, Chef Victor worked in leadership roles at luxury hotels in London, most notably at the Four Seasons Trinity Square and the Shangri-La. He always cooks with passion and is a craft food driven chef. Chef’s favorites: getting the most out of our students during their time at our restaurant Talents.

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Cooking for the community!

03 Apr 20

Dear post reader! We hope to find you in good mood and positive thoughts! As the Corona development is now seriously impacting not only businesses but individuals, we are trying to be as supportive as possible and spread some hearty, tasty goodness together with US4BG Foundation and U.S. Embassy Sofia!

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1000 euros scholarship for F&B students

24 Feb 20

Nowadays, sustainability is a very hot topic. It is hot in all of its aspects and it is directly impacting the hospitality indstry. That is why we'd like to see your vision on sustainability and green future. We'd like to find out: What annoys you in restaurants or any F&B outlet and why in terms of sustainable uses?

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Having worked long years in the dynamic world of hospitality, we know the industry inside-out. We know that many businesses are struggling to adapt or to keep up with the fast-changing pace of the sector. That is why we have designed special industry courses to help your employees, managers and top executives be on top of their game.

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