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 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.”