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ANTE UDOVIČIĆ
Mr
ANTE UDOVIČIĆ
Head Chef

Ante started making his own pizza dough at the tender age of six and knew that one day he’d become a chef. Today, Ante is one of the region’s most acclaimed culinary talents who not only holds a MasterChef certification, but has also trained in the world famous Institute Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France. Ante is a very versatile chef who has experience in many culinary genres, but his passion lies in fine dining and experimenting with new flavours and cooking techniques. Prior to joining the pre-opening team as Paradigma’s Head Chef, Ante, amongst other places, was Executive Chef for Zagreb’s first French restaurant, Les Ponts and Sous Chef at the Kempinski Adriatic.

Miguel Ullibarri
Mr
Miguel Ullibarri
Partner at A Taste of Spain

I'm one of the team members at A Taste of Spain www.atasteofspain.com When I was involved in the international promotion of Ibérico ham, I learned from traditional Ibérico farmers and producers that taste is only part of it, values and passion is what makes any food, wine or dish truly special. These are the intangible aspect that we help our customers experience when they visit Spain with us.

Niamh Ultaigh
Ms
Niamh Ultaigh
Self-employed

I am an artist. I became interested in cooking following an accident which left both of my arms, 4 bones, broken. Watching television was my primary passtime. Most TV offerings seemed formulaic and dull, but I found the cooking shows interesting. Global cuisine quickly became a passion. The only frustration was that I was not able to cook in bi-lateral casts; so, I committed many techniques to memory. Once free of my exo-skeleton, I began to cook, and cook and cook. I love the alchemy of food.

Hans Jörg Unterrainer
Mr
Hans Jörg Unterrainer
Restaurateur & Sommelier

10 Years Traveller as a Professional Snowboarder – participating at Olympic Winter Games & X Games. Winner of the Overall Europe Cup 2005 – Winner World Winter Games 2005 – 7th place at World Championships 09.
Not really connected to the World Gourmet Business at during that time but always travelling with opened eyes and mind and now trying to combine all these priceless experiences with our Austrian traditional style.

Filipa Valente
Ms
Filipa Valente
Founder of Taste of Lisboa Food Tours

Hello, I am Filipa. I'm the founder of Taste of Lisboa Food Tours, based in Lisbon, Portugal. I'm a Lisboner foodie who grew up in town. I love Lisbon, its food culture and its lifestyle. I believe food can lead us far beyond gastronomy: Food fosters social interaction and can take us into deep thrilling explorations and discovers about the culture and history of a place. That’s why I founded Taste of Lisboa Food Tours: to allow foodie travellers and foodie explorers to have contact with it, learn and taste as much as they can while visiting this wonderful destination.

Besides tasting Lisbon’s gastronomy and learn how to cook local dishes, at Taste of Lisboa Food Tours we designed our offerings to let our guests learn about the history, culture, architecture and neighborhood’s local entertainment and restaurant offerings. Our aim is for everyone to return to these neighborhoods with the confidence of a local and prepared to take advantage of the wide range of food and cultural options they have to offer.

That's the way I love to travel too: to be hosted and hang out with locals who show me the real food and culture of their place.

Antonio Valls
Mr
Antonio Valls
Director Alimentaria

The name of this 49 year old Barcelonan is closely linked to the exhibition business and particularly to the food and drink industry that he knows very well. Since 1998, J. Antonio Valls manages the Alimentaria trade show and has been in charge of piloting its growth and internationalization strategy that has placed it among the first food shows in the world. With a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Barcelona and a General Management program at the IESE Business School, Valls maintains a permanent connection with the different stakeholders of the food industry in order to ensure that the show constantly caters the needs of the industry through innovative and attractive contents, disruptive formats and activities and practical spaces that favor business, networking and sector knowledge. In January 2013 Valls was appointed Managing Director of Alimentaria Exhibitions, a Fira de Barcelona company dedicated to the organization of international events for the food sector, catering, hospitality and food technology that are benchmarks in Europe and Latin America.

Aafke van der Lippe
Ms
Aafke van der Lippe

I'm running Masterbrand, a Strategic Marketing Agency where I support companies and brands in developing and marketing their product or service. I'm a guide in transition management and a leader for creative and commercial marketing concepts in new business. Specialist in media brands and always in for out of the box projects that create a nomadic lifestyle!

Passion:
Worldwide traveling. Running. Food. Hiking. Outdoors. Classic cars. Good coffee
Gerard van Staden
Mr
Gerard van Staden
Executive Chef

  • Good food in my opinion is lots of little things done well with perfect focus and comitment.
  • I also say invest in yourself in what you do everyday.
  • Plan well ahead of time only then can compete with your imagination to achieve your expectations.
  • The disapline and rules attached to classical food (its not easy being creative within these walls this is what drives me) nothing should be easy its the dificulty that makes us great.
  • Everytime you think you are great you realise, like wisdom theres someone with a better idea than you.
  • My abilty to see my faults and learn from them is what makes me unique