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The fifth star at Lifestyle by V-ZUG is Nenad Mlinarevic
Young, inspired, humorous and successful – that’s Nenad Mlinarvic. His natural style of cooking is the perfect complement for the illustrious Lifestyle by V-ZUG team of Tanja Grandits, Andreas Caminada, Philippe Rochat and Eckart Witzigmann. Bons viveurs and hobby chefs can find all Nenad Mlinarevic’s recipes on vzug.ch/lifestyle from December 2013.
The nature and his work are two inexhaustible sources of inspiration
Nenad Mlinarevic describes his cooking style as “back to the roots”. Products should reach guests’ dinner plates in the most natural way possible and complement each other in a harmonious way. He says: “I love contrasting consistencies such as crunchy and soft, hot and cold. Also, guests must be able to distinguish the different ingredients when eating them.”
When creating his menus, Nenad Mlinarevic is inspired by the seasons and different seasonal products. The daily exchange of ideas with his team and suppliers is an unavoidable ritual. For him, cooking is an indefatigable source of inspiration. He uses unforgettable taste combinations he has experienced on his travels in his own cooking as soon as possible. “This is usually preceded by an intense cooking process, before I have reproduced the desired flavour,” he says. But it is precisely in these moments of intense activity that unexpected results emerge. That is passion. He says: “My job gives me the opportunity to use my five senses every day. I particularly like that aspect of my work.”
Nenad Mlinarevic likes to leave things to chance when it comes to arranging food on the plate, which means guests are served dishes arranged in a playful, light-hearted fashion. And whoever has already had the pleasure of dining in Restaurant focus in the Parkhotel Vitznau knows how charmingly the kitchen crews serves up the different course. “This means we all have direct contact with the guests,” he says.
Tradition and modern technology
Sophisticated technology supports this passionate chef’s work. “The Combi-Steam oven by V-ZUG makes it possible to fully re-interpret traditional products and recipes,” he says. “In order to achieve the right flavour, we often prepare ingredients in a sous-vide / Vacuisine process, cooking them for long periods at low temperatures. The Combi-Steam oven helps us here, as it maintains the exact temperature and reaches the highest temperature quickly when necessary. My team and I have been working with it for several months now. We are impressed and curious to see what else we can achieve with it.”
Lifestyle by V-ZUG
Lifestyle by V-ZUG is unique, authentic and provides the meat for stories about high-level cooking. It also imparts culture and pleasure. Lifestyle by V-ZUG links top-class cuisine with leading technology and shows how Switzerland’s best chefs use the Combi-Steamer, an oven normally used in private households.
The interactive portal vzug.ch/lifestyle gives impassioned chefs and bons viveurs the opportunity to drop in on star chefs at work in their professional kitchens, to be inspired and to read about the latest recipes, tips and tricks in a regular newsletter.