Dzintars Kristovskis named Riga-Gauja Gastronomic Region Ambassador


In tandem with the honor bestowed the Riga-Gauja Region - the title of ‘’European Gastonomy Region 2017”, Chef Dzintars Kristovskis from the restaurant ‘’Valmiermuižas vēstniecība Rīgā”, has been appointed official Ambassador. Dzintars has been a part of the profession for eleven years, marking the last four as the most fruitful. During this period, he has diligently delved into what specifically the wilderness of Latvia has to offer food-wise - the creation of a ‘pure regional cuisine’. This encompasses all that grows and is edible in forests, game and local recipe beverages that can all be considered legitimate for a feast (or for inclusion on a restaurant’s menu). Here the chef is focused on pure, natural, organic fare and ingredients; maximum flavor effect with minimal combinations.

Dz. Kristovskis was selected Ambassador because his philosophy fully coincides with the European Gastronomy Region concept for 2017 - ‘’Wild at palate”.  As the master of herbs and spices points out, he spends multiple hours in wooded areas, fields and meadows gathering and ‘taste-testing’ uncharted flora, unique only to Latvia, to in turn be served in corresponding style in restaurants. Such flora as goose-foot, ground- elder, nettles and lady's mantle are just some of what can be found on Dzintars’ menu.

Dz. Kristovskis explains:“ Technology and cooking is so advanced that I feel the urge to go back to the roots. The concept devised by Riga-Gauja Region is a distinct reflection of this – products and ingredients that our people have gathered, savored, featured in meals for hundreds of years – straight from our forests, meadows, streams and lakes.”

THE EUROPEAN GASTRONOMY REGION

The Riga-Gauja Region’s leading partner is the Riga Tourism Development Bureau, but its partner in cooperation is the tourism cluster at Gauja National Park, Sigulda Region Council, Valmiera City government, Cēsis Regional government. The Latvian region has been bestowed the title of European Gastronomy Region 2017, accenting natural wonders and the gastronomic heritage of the specific area. This will result in a long list of special events and activities next year. Therefore, the concept of  Wild at palate (Ar dabu šķīvī - latv.) has been created withthe objective - popularizing those products and ingredients that are readily available in forests, fields and rivers just outside our windows. This project’s focus is promoting gastronomic tourism and to provide publicity for Gauja National Park as a desired destination. In turn, the project touches upon education, the correlation of the rural and municipal, healthy, organic food in our diets, local cuisine, dining traditions, catering and hosting, business ventures thereof in gastronomy - all that will be undertaken by the project partners. The ultimate goal is improving quality of life in Europe’s regions, preserving local food preparation and dining traditions, promoting the quality and value of the homegrown - the old and the new; and, of course, making the region attractive to tourists.

The European Region of Gastronomy Platform and Award aim to contribute to better quality of life in European regions, by highlighting distinctive food cultures, educating for better health and sustainability and stimulating culinary innovation.
 
IGCAT - International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism - gives the award, with the support of European institutions. IGCAT is an international interdisciplinary network of experts aiming to empower and facilitate local communities to realise the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts, sustainable tourism and other local resources.

  • AMBASSADORS

    Wassim Hallal

    Aarhus/Central Denmark Region 2017 will celebrate our widespread and innovative use of local ingredients.

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    Robert Palmer

    European Region of Gastronomy is a pioneering project of cultural and economic significance to all regions who participate.

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    Montserrat Garrido Romera

    Sant Pol de Mar is proud to share knowledge in raising the quality of culture and gastronomy offers.

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    Carme Ruscalleda

    Catalonia is committed to raising the quality of local cuisine and food products.

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    Francisco de Calheiros

    Minho IN aims to create synergies with other areas that share the same views on competitiveness and economic development.

  • AMBASSADORS

    Maurizio Zanella

    East Lombardy promotes food and wine tourism, with a particular attention to local cuisine and sustainable food production.

  • AMBASSADORS

    Dzintars Kristovskis

    Technology and cooking is so advanced that I feel the urge to go back to the roots. Riga-Gauja 2017 European Region of Gastronomy is going to be about that.

  • AMBASSADORS

    Anton Rombouts

    North Brabant 2018 will highlight how agrifood industries are protecting food and culture diversity.

  • GALLERY

    1st Partner Meeting in North Brabant, April 2014

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    2nd Partner Meeting in Sant Pol de Mar, Catalonia, June 2014

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    Information Day at Brussels during the Open Day October 2014

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    3rd Partner Meeting in Brussels, October 2014

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    Regions bidding for the title in 2016 present to an international jury at Palacete Villa Moraes, Ponte de Lima, Viana do Castelo, 5 February 2015

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    4th Partner Meeting in Minho, February 2015

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    5th Partner Meeting Catalonia, June 2015

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    Winning 2016 Regions Award Ceremony at the Pedrera, Barcelona, 2 July 2015

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    Regions bidding for the title in 2017 present to an international jury at the Fundació Alicia, Catalonia, 3 July 2015

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    Catalonia and Minho present their programmes for 2016 to SEDEC of the Committee of the Regions, 22 September 2015

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    Winning 2017 Regions Award Ceremony at ExpoMilan, supported by DG Growth of the European Commission, 29 September 2015

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    6th Partner Meeting Bergamo, 1 October 2015

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    Regions present their candidature for 2018

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    7th Partner Meeting in Noord-Brabant

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    Winning 2018 Regions Award Ceremony in Aarhus

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