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Ana Ros

Ana Roš in the chef’s uniform
a close-up of Ana Roš

Ana Ros

Winner of numerous awards, Ana has been invited to cook all over the world, discover her history and the features of her cooking.

When Ana Roš was a girl in a small town called Nova Gorica in the former Yugoslavia, she never dreamed she would one day become one of the world’s most famous chefs. Her mother recalled that she couldn’t even fry an egg. It was skiing rather than a skillet that was uppermost in the young Roš’s mind, and at the age of 7 she had already joined the national skiing team, where she remained for another 10 years. Little did she know that she would one day be crowned the world’s best female chef.

Her restaurant, Hiša Franko, in Kobarid, Slovenia, has become a major food destination in a country where the Michelin Guide has yet to tread. Set in the foothills of the lush Soča Valley, it aims to reflect the natural environment of the region, from the dramatic mountains to the emerald River Soca, down to the Adriatic Sea. Though Roš’s approach is highly technical, the emphasis is always on allowing the essence of local ingredients to shine through. For Roš, the beauty of rawness is paramount, and the element of surprise is a key facet of her cooking - contrasting temperatures, textures and flavours are a frequent motif.

She does not believe in signature dishes, since few dishes linger on her menu for long. Hiša Franko is a restaurant in perpetual forward motion, though some principles remain. All her ingredients are sourced from local foragers, producers and artisans that go back generations. And everything is seasonal. It is this sense of immediacy that informs her cooking, and which keeps everything at Hiša Franko vitally fresh.

But it was dishes such as her cauliflower ravioli with goat kid liver in broth with black truffles that captured the hearts of the culinary world. Every meal starts with bread, which might be made with fermented apple peel, and local butter. There might be a main of tripe, duck jus, cave sheese, fried nettles and chanterelles. For dessert, it could be sour milk ice cream with parsley granita and porcini crumble. No matter what appears on the extensive tasting menu, it is a true expression of the seasons and local environment, not to mention the chef’s own character, experience and femininity.

As a young woman, Roš trained to be a diplomat. She only became involved in food because the man she married, Valter Kramar, was the owner of Hiša Franko. She began helping out in the kitchen, and soon after that she was hooked. Her cooking gradually won notoriety, and in 2011 the restaurant was featured in a documentary on the French-German TV channel Arte. In 2012 Roš became the first female chef to join up with René Redzepi, Alex Atala and Daniel Patterson for the Cook It Raw event. And in 2016, Hiša Frako was featured on the Netflix series Chef’s Table, which brought Roš to the attention of the American market. Suddenly everything changed.

Bookings began to pour in, and demand for Ana Roš’s unique brand of hyper-natural Slovenian cuisine became all the rage with diners looking for a new kind of gastronomic experience. When not in the kitchen at Hiša Franko, Roš was able to indulge her great passion for travel by cooking all over the world. It came as no surprise to many when she was named Best Female Chef at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2017, and Hiša Franko entered the top 100 for the first time at number 69. Not bad for a chef with no formal training other than a direct line to her mother-in-law’s knowledge of bread, meat and pasta.

She herself defined her cooking: "Today my approach to cooking is technical, almost scientific, but still allows the ingredients to develop or preserve the (strong) original taste". With Ana Roš’s success comes a sense of social responsibility.

In Milan she joined forces with Massimo Bottura at the Reffetorio Ambrosiano soup kitchen as part of his Food For Soul initiative. And in India she has cooked with the Creative Services Support Group, which supports and promotes education and employment for disadvantaged girls and young women. She remains an inspiration for female chefs everywhere.

Ana Roš joins Enrico Crippa at Piazza Duomo for a Special Menu | La Via Selvatica
An extraordinary four-handed menu - interpreted by the Italian chef Enrico Crippa of three-Michelin-starred Piazza Duomo restaurant in Alba, and the Slovenian chef Ana Roš of two-Michelin-starred Hiša Franko - drew proceedings to a close at La Via Selvatica, a project curated by Matteo Caccia involving chefs, artists, musicians, writers, and tightrope walkers, in a series of events organised by the Ceretto family of winemakers from the Langhe
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Hiša Franko Launches Sustainable Designer Uniforms
Ana Roš has revealed a collaboration with fashion designer Matea Benedetti on sustainable nature-inspired uniforms. Take a look.
See the Dishes From Hiša Franko's New Menu
Hiša Franko is open and has a brand new menu by Ana Roš and team. Have a look at the dishes.
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Ana Roš to Reopen Hiša Franko
Ana Roš and her team will be reopening Hiša Franko for business on 28 May 2021. Find out more.
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Ana Roš Launches New Hiša Franko Recipe Booklet
The two-Michelin-starred Slovenian chef has released a new downloadable cookbook collating over 50 of her staff's recipes written during lockdown: 'A Scrapbook of Faces, Cultures, Memories.'
Hiša Franko in Slovenian: Two Michelin Stars
Food & Ink: Chefs Celebrate Michelin Stars with Tattoos
Ana Roš and her team at the Hiša Franko restaurant have tattooed Michelin stars on their bodies to mark the restaurant’s historical inclusion in the French guidebook.
©Sun and Rain by Ana Roš with Kaja Sajovic is published by Phaidon
Take a Trip into the World of Ana Roš in 'Sun and Rain'
Photo: ©Sun and Rain by Ana Roš with Kaja Sajovic is published by Phaidon Take a trip among the mountains, meadows and pastures of Slovenia’s remote Soča Valley into the world of self-taught chef Ana Roš at Hiša Franko
When the Lockdowns are Lifted
Turning The Tables: When the Lockdowns are Lifted
Three-Star Michelin take-out, making ice cream to support a food chain, economic advice, consumer trends, business strategy and more.
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Ana Roš on Preserving Food Chains
The Slovenian chef Ana Roš talks about how her and her entire team lived on lockdown inside their restaurant during quarantine.
Ana Ros Team Interview
Ana Roš: Living in Lockdown with Her Team
Chef Ana Roš shares the highs and lows of being in an extraordinary group lockdown situation with her family and over 30 of her staff members.
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Does it still make sense for a chef to have a signature dish?
In the farm-to-table era, when restaurants are embracing ingredient-focused cuisine, even more chefs think that the answer is "no" because it can be senseless to serve always the same menu.
Marble trout, green peas, black currants, fermented trout liver
Hiša Franko moves to Madrid
Ana Roš' Slovenian restaurant at #38 on the World's 50 Best Restaurant list will re-locate to Madrid for three weeks, from 19 November to 7 December, and you can be there.