Hundreds of people representing the hospitality industry, including restaurants owners, waiters and waitresses, protested on Saturday in Bialystok, northeastern Poland, against restrictions the government had implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rubbing shoulders with household names such as Gordon Ramsay and Nigella Lawson, as well as global superstars such as José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern, the Polish chef was ranked in an international study conducted by Just Food magazine using Twitter statistics gathered from the GlobalData Influencer platform.
In August this year, average weekly restaurant spending was more than 43 percent higher than a year ago, wrote Santander Bank Polska economists on Monday, after an analysis of transactions made with the payment cards of its customers.
Named alongside the likes of Gordon Ramsey and Nigella Lawson as one of the ten most influential people working in the food service industry, Damian Wawrzyniak has cooked for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, appeared on the BBC alongside Mary Berry and been awarded the Knight’s Cross by President Andrzej Duda for his role in raising Poland’s profile abroad.
In the first few weeks of opening his new restaurant, visitors have included Massimo Bottura, the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-star restaurant ranked No. 1 in the world, as well as Alain Passard of the eighth ranked L’Arpège.
As Kraków proves itself as a culinary centre of excellence, TFN talks to one of the city’s Michelin-trained chefs, Marcin Filipkiewicz