My exiting 2013.

What a fantastic year this have been, amazing meetings with fascinating people all around the world, I am so blessed and happy to have you all in my life and I hope that this will be forever, here are a brief summary from the year.


The year started with a food trip to Barcelona in Spain with my former colleagues and a stunning dinner at dos Palillos ( two toothpicks) where the raw chicken was the talk of the night, but it tasted great! Check it out here http://www.dospalillos.com


This years first wine trip was in Montpellier in the south of France for the Sud du France fair  with a few thousand wines to be tasted, great trip.


A trip to Venice Italy with the girls for the European presidents chefs meeting was rewarding and well needed thanks to the Italian sun, great food and the best company of chefs around the world, you guys are the best.


Tamara turning sweet seventeen is a milestone with me, my little girl starts dating!! Where is my gun?


Travelling to my native Serbia always give a the shiver in a nice way, I love that city and my great chefs friends there, to be able to help out is my pleasure and I love to do as much as I could, great talents with Petar Gajic and Uros Urosevic on the helm.


Some time off in Spain was just what I was looking forward to and we all enjoyed this tremendously for almost tree weeks in the Spanish sun.


Wines of the Rhone valley was on the schedule now and we did taste some of the best around with the highlight of Stephane Ogier and his lovely wife Stina with kids, what a treat!


Burgundy is the most complex wine area to visit and everybody should go there to understand the greatness and also the complexity of soil and acres on the tiny wine land there.


Our wedding anniversary day was not to be forgotten and of course Christina put up some effort and did a great day for us with champagne by the ocean and great dinner, I love you babes.


Alsatian hospitality is always great and so are most of the food, but especially with friends like Anne Trimbach life is easy, thanks dear for everything.


I was invited to Riga by the chef association to be the judge for they annual chef of the year competition and I was blown away of the professionalism in the country and the best new possible friends there, thank you Svetlana Riskova.


The second invitation in a very short time come from Poland and the association around the Polish chef of the year, fantastic venue and always a pleasure to meet up with some old friends like Gissur Gudmundsson the president of WACS.


Piemonte Italy with four wine geeks was full of adventure and I love you all for making this trip a memory for always, more moscato to the people!

Putte, Anna, Camilla and Helena, WORD!


Bianca turning eight is a big thing for us all, what a big girl she is now! The future is bright with people like her. Love ya.


But the most exiting thing this year is our new job!

After more than eight years with the Gastro Import family it is now time on the new path for the whole family, moving to Kosta is a major thing for all of us but who could resist the offer from the http://www.kostabodaarthotel.com


The next year will be challenging in many ways but I am exited as ever for the bright future for all of us and let the game begin.


Love all & serve all //D


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Merry Christmas and the best of the new year to come

Dear  friends

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a magnificent Christmas and a new fantastic year of 2014

May you all be prosperous and with best health and I hope to meet you all in the coming year.

Stay tuned for my 2014 wish list.
Love & Peace


Over & Out

I am really exited now! After eight years with Gastro Import is over and out leaving fantastic memory’s and amazing colleagues in a bright future, thanks guys for making my time with you all a memorable place in my heart.

The sun is arising and Kosta Boda Art Hotel will be the new workplace as of Monday, cant wait to start my new assignment and to make some new friends there, what a challenge it is (Yoda phrase)

2014 will be a great year and many exiting things will be ahead of me with WACS congress in Stavanger Norway and my candidacy for the Continental director Europe north, I will keep you posted of this event.


Wish me luck!


New job & New future, Bring It on!

New future is arising and both I and Christina are on the way to new challenges in our professional lives.

The Kosta Boda Art Hotel will be our new home in the future with me as a Food & Wine Director and Christina as assistant development, great way of keeping our family together and do the things that we love in life.

I have great plans to lift up the wine service & food to the highest level and I am aiming high J

There will be challenges but mostly joy to move up to the deep forest where all the trolls’ lives check out the web page and please come visit us at any time.


GOLD to the Swedish Junior culinary team

The Swedish National Culinary Junior team has done they first performance after the new team was set earlier this year with the big target at the Olympics in Erfurt 2016.

To compete and to know the feeling for it and what it takes is a challenge for most of the guys who have never even been to a competition before therefore was the invitation from South Korea a chance for all of them to do the test and to se what all the training was giving them as a member and part of the team.

I must say that the juniors did a fantastic job and hit the all high gold in the hot kitchen performance just as they have practiced for some weeks before the competition.

The cold display table was a walkover and never considered to do at this time but beware all the teams and see you all in Luxemburg in November 2014.

Enjoy the pictures.


Great wines and fantastic people in Italy

Barolo Arborina DOCG
Wine travels always make me feel good and on high positive energy and especially with stunning friends who enjoys food & wine

Few weeks ago I hade the pleasure to visit Piemonte in north of Italy with Patrik, Anna, Helena and Camilla who are the best companions to travel with (my wife is the best) J

We stayed at the Tenuta dei Fiore in Calosso (Asti) with the best hospitality of Valter and Yvette Bosticardo and their fab kids.

The Bosticardo family runs a wine farm with very good quality production but the most amazing wine must be the one of a kind moscato with 12 years on the lees!! Absolutely amazing and unusual

Thank you Valter for giving me the Nr 1 bottle out of 800.


Nadia Curto is the nice of the more famous Elio Altare and she is one hell of a lady that I like very much beside that she is a rad winemaker with bold and gutsy wines from the “La Morra” Barolo area, look out for her wines with the label of Marco Curto.

Thanks Nadia for sharing your knowledge and energy to us.


I sure hope to be back soon again.



Dr Burklin - Wolf wines from a German legend

Tom Benns is a very funny and extremely knowledgeable man taking care of the estate export and was also our guide at the weigut Dr Burklin-Wolf estate in Pfalz.

Since 2001 Bűrklin-Wolf have classified their wines according to the vineyard site (similar to Burgundy) and
after extensive research they discovered that today’s top vineyards are exactly the same as those identified in time when these vineyards produced some of the most expensive and highly regarded wines in Germany.

Bűrklin-Wolf wines are labeled G.C.(grand cru) for the top quality their wines and P.C.(premier cru) for the second. G.C. wines are produced from yields of less than 45 hl/ha and minimum 12.5% alcohol from vineyards rated first in the villages of Rupperstberg, Forst and Deidesheim P.C. wines are produced from yields of less than 55 hl/ha and minimum alcohol of 11.5% from vineyards rated second in Ruppertsberg and in Wachenheim. Grapes are harvested with Spatlese and Auslese levels of ripeness but are fermented to dryness.

The Young and very humoristic Italian winemaker Nicola Libelli who took over after the tragic death of the long time winemaker Fritz Knorr are making progress and in my opinion the Burklin-Wolf wines have never bees so good, way to go Nicola.

Since 1998 classical medium sweet wines are no longer produced and I love the bone try wines made here and the delicate way that the wines develop thru aging so please save some for better days J
Thank you again Heike for making this visit happen.


Polish culinary cup with great friends

I am in Poland to judge the Polish culinary cup (chef of the year) 2013 invited by the organization behind the competition.

This was a great fair and competition on a very high standard in all the kitchens and great achievements among the competitors.

I am so lucky to be invited and to meet all the passionate chefs from different countries, there is a bright future with chefs without borders; I love you guys and thanks a lot for all the good laughs and deep discussions.

Thank you Eva Wojtysiak for taking so good care of me.


Sabines great wines from Pfalz.

To reflect the land and soil in a wine is not easy and you need to focus and work very hard for this, one that is doing just this is the lovely Sabine Ohler from the weingut J.F.Ohler in Gimmeldinger Pfalz.

I just love all of Sabine’s wines and the style she have as a female winemaker borne in to the land and raised in the wine cellar, she knows how to express the tradition nicely blended to suit the modern taste of German wines.

All of her wines are dry or with just a dash of sugar to balance the wines that have a very high to medium acidity, great full body and very long aftertaste.

Due to that she is not a part of the VDP she can not use the “GG” on her label but the wines are at the same level and everybody knows that “Idig” is one of the best “GG” in Germany.

The Riesling “Mandelgarten alte reben” have lush and watering mouthful with great citrusy acidity and long lingering finish.

Madame Ohler makes some great red wines as well with the spätburgunder “JFO” on my top list of German reds.

Try to find Sabine’s wines for a treat in German wines at its best.

Thanks you Sabine for leting us taste your wines again.


Latvian chefs and fantastic food.

To be invited as a judge in foreign countries is a true pleasure and great honour for me and I love every second of it and also to meet all wonderful and creative chefs out there.

My trip to Riga in Latvia  last week was an amazing experience in every sense, great competition, excellent young chefs and great food all around, well done guys.

Latvia have some great chef talents and a nice working chefs club managed by the lovely Svetlana Riskova head chef at the Tallinn hotel in Riga and their restaurant

The lovely lady Rita Stramkale and Kadrija Klesnika among others that took so good hand of me and I am ever grateful for.

There are many good restaurants and to just mention a few are Dome Hotel, Biblioteka no 1, Kalku Varti and Vincents among many more.

Riga is a big city but the old town centre is just beautiful and to do a long weekend here is easy and well worth.

I will be back.