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Dr. Cees Van der Klip

Dr. Van der Klip joined our team in 2008 after years spent as the Dean of the Maastricht (Netherlands) Hotel Management School. During his long career in education, Dr. Van der Klip won many awards, most notably the 2004 Eurhodip Award for the best educational performance and the President’s Award by CHRIE for outstanding achievement in hospitality education. He also was granted an award by Koninklijke Horeca Nederland for outstanding performance in the Dutch Higher Education for Hotel Management. Mr. Van der Klip currently serves as the President of Eurhodip, a leading association of more than 150 hotel schools from 39 countries.

Arie Van der Spek

As former SVP & CEO for Laureate Hospitality Education Worldwide, responsible for Glion Institute of Higher Education (Glion), Les Roches International School of Hotel Management (Bluche), Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (Sydney), Kendall College (Chicago) and all their branch campuses globally.

Previously COO for InterContinental Hotels Group for Europe and founding member of Swiss Learning.

Currently Executive Director, Board member and Advisor for several Swiss and International companies.

“I’m looking forward to support the HRC Academy in Sofia as a member of the Advisory Board, creating international career opportunities for young people.”

Chef Roberto Dal Seno

After many years abroad, including Paris and Tokyo, Chef Roberto dal Seno is back on his home turf as the Executive Chef of the new St. Regis in Venice, Italy. He oversees this most spectacular hotel, set on its private island in the Venice lagoon. Suites are located in historic buildings, surrounded by a 15th-century church. F&B outlets include the award-winning fine dining restaurant – Acquarello.

Chef dal Seno is also very familiar with Eastern Europe: he has conducted guest lectures at our Academy and was the opening Executive Chef of a large fine-dining concept in Bucharest a few years ago. Chef dal Seno resides in Venice and Chiavari.

Chef André Tokev

Andre Tokev is a founder of the Bulgarian Association Of Professional Chefs, an official jury of the most prestigious contest for professional chefs in Europe “Bocuse d`Or ” and he is the only one in Eastern Europe awarded with the “Global Masterchef Degree” diploma. Andre was born in Leipzig, as his mother is German and his father is Bulgarian. His career goes through major hotel chains around the world, two of which have Michelin stars.

For Andre cooking is a pleasure, achieved through excellence and strong discipline.

“Great cuisine is like a great country, it must have history and values.” – Andre Tokev

Chef Radi Stambolov

Chef Radi Stambolov is a confectioner and food enthusiast with remarkable energy and unrivalled eagerness to improve culinary education in Bulgaria.

After graduatıng the College of Tourism Varna, he became an instructor of Italian cuisine in Scuola Alberghiera e di Ristorazione di Serramazzoni, Italy and specialized in Cafè Central Palais Ferstel in Vienna, Austria. Chef Stambolov has cooked for 13 Presidents of different countries. Many Bulgarians know him as the outspoken jury member of the Lord of the Chefs TV show. Currently, he manages his own business – the RS chocolatier store.

Chef Georgi Ivanov

Chef Joro Ivanov is the president of Euro-Toques Bulgaria since the establishment of the Association and a Vice President of Euro-Toques International.

Chef Ivanov is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York, USA and has practised in France, Italy and Germany. He was a Chef at the two-Michelin-star restaurant „La Truffe Noire”, Brussels for seven years. He has experience as a Chef at the Bulgarian Embassy in Rome, Italy, at the Bulgarian Mission to the European Commission in Brussels and at the United Nations in New York, USA. In 2008 he was elected Honorary Chef of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Chef Joro Ivanov is Executive Chef at the five-star hotel “Grand Hotel Sofia.”

Chef Vladi Todorov

Chef Vladimir Todorov is among the best young professional chefs in Bulgaria. He acquired his experience throughout various famous restaurants and gained popularity by participating in various competitions. In 2016, he won the title “Chef of Bulgaria” in the largest culinary competition, organized by the Bulgarian Association of professional cooks. Before this award, he won the title of “Best Student Cook”, which was awarded to him in 2015 in a competition organized by the American Culinary Federation in the USA.
The highly specialized education, the experience gained in the Netherlands, Belgium and the USA, as well as the various awards, allow chef Todorov to become assistant chef instructor in HRC Culinary Academy.

Since May 2018, chef Vladimir Todorov is part of the Bistrello family and by using his unique style he completes the restaurant’s concept of innovation and tasty and interesting food!

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