Naveed Ahmad Khan
Ambassador of Hungary István Szabó inaugurated a three-day HunGastro Food Festival at the Grand Zamana restaurant in Serena Hotel. Four extraordinary star chefs were invited from Hungary to re-create the extraordinary flavours of Hungary in Islamabad. István Szabó, said, “There is a saying the way to a man’s heart is through the stomach and I believe food can also help to bring the peoples of two countries together. This is the philosophy that encouraged us to arrange this festival with Serena”.
The line-up of chefs for the Festival is star studded, as Serena Hotel welcomes Mr. Zoltán Barabás, the 2017 Gastronomer of the Year and Schnitta Sámuel award-winning restaurant master, who is the Vice-President of the Hungarian Gastronomic National Association, and the head of the chefs’ delegation. Members of the delegation: Mr. Gergõ Balázs, head-cook of Stefánia Palace – Honvéd Cultural Center, Ms. Mária Rózsa’s who is the head pastry chef at Stefánia Palota – Honvéd Cultural Center and Mr. Attila Tímár who is a practical instructor at the Tímár Pension in Gyomaendrõd who actively promotes Hungarian gastronomy.
Michel Galopin, General Manager of Serena Hotels, said “We are delighted to be able to bring international flavours and gastronomical delights to Pakistan. Familiarity with other cultures, cuisines and characteristics is a way to experience the rest of the world and Serena Hotels is delighted to welcome master chefs from Hungary to bring authentic Hungarian cuisine to our guest.
Hungarian cuisine has unusual delights for the discerning gourmet, including hearty soups as Gulyas soup, stews and game dishes, simple but tasty casseroles and luscious cakes and pastries such as Somlói Sponge or strudels.