Authentic Hungarian cuisine is based on centuries of old traditions around spicing and modern preparation methods that we combine with the aim to present modern, healthy as well as delicious dishes. Regionality, creativity and individuality - the basic ingredients of our culinary diplomacy.
Chef Viktor Merényi has been working as Chef of the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, D.C. for a little more than two years. Before joining the Embassy Chef Merényi had been working in the top hotels of Budapest, Hungary. He chose to work at the Embassy because he deeply believes “it is a unique opportunity to bring forward the Hungarian gastronomy at the highest professional level.” Here in Washington, D.C. he profits from his experience to present the highlights of Hungarian gastronomy and high quality Hungarian products, as well as display a progressive approach of restaurant culture.
Since arriving to Washington, D.C. he had several opportunities to dazzle the guests of the Ambassador. His excellence and creativity were appreciated not only by the Washingtonian diplomatic circles, but at several gastronomic events around the world. Silver medalist of “Culinary World Cup Luxemburg” in 2002 and 2006, winner of the „the best creative foods category” at the “Traditional and Evolution high class „live kitchen” competition” in 2008, he offered extraordinary culinary experience to the public in Jakarta, Indonesia at the Hungarian Culinary Days and will spoil the public here in Washington, D.C. at the “Embassy Chef Challenge 2010” competition.
When he has won the head-to-head live cooking part of the Embassy Chef’s Challenge 2010 competition the appreciation read: “Hungary's chef, Viktor Merenyi, was meticulous at his station, where he poached salmon fillets in olive oil and used a smoke gun to flavor garlic that he turned into a foam.” The Embassy Chef Challenge was launched in 2009 as a fund-raising event.
For a thousand years or so, Hungary's food, like its culture, has had an intriguing double identity, cleverly blending eastern mystique with the traditions of the west. Recipes were adapted to suit their own tastes, which also gave the dishes a national flavor. Authentic Hungarian cuisine is based on centuries of old traditions around spicing and modern preparation methods that we combine with the aim to present modern, healthy as well as delicious dishes, according to the philosophy of Viktor Merényi, chef and culinary artist at the Embassy of Hungary.
The ingredients of the Hungarian cuisine are simple: tasty, high quality vegetables, fruits, and meat with creative spices. Several special ingredients are account for the distinctive flavor of Hungarian meals, like Hungarian paprika, lard, onion, garlic and sour cream; in sweet courses we happily use cottage cheese, walnut and poppy seed and plenty of other characteristic components.
I am determined to present to the Washingtonian audience the Hungarian restauration culture and a new, striving gastro-generation whose achievements are based on regionality, creativity and individuality.” - sais Chef Merényi who considers being Chef of the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, D.C. a significant achievement in his curriculum and an important step further in his career.