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Our gourmets

The evaluators are both as interesting and varied as the gastro-project ratings. People from the culinary field certainly have a different viewpoint than laypeople. And just like you, we are interested in both viewpoints – are the drinks and food professionally prepared? Is it to the taste of an ordinary guest, whose main focus is the taste? 

So, we have involved both of them.

Vladimír Palička

Chef and founder of JustCook

Food-youtuber, bakery specialist and professional chef at home and abroad, from Ireland to Asia. He is also an enthusiastic promoter of Czech cuisine. The JustCook culinary team aims to promote beautiful culinary crafts among children and teenagers.

Vladimír Šmejkal

Chef and gastronomic consultant

He has a culinary practice as rich as a tropical rainforest. He cooked for diplomats and celebrities all over the world, he arranged most of the events connected with the Czech presidency of the EU. He acts as a gastronomic advisor and a gourmet inspector; he trains staff and organizes cooking lessons.

Jan Holata

Promoter of good manners

He organizes courses in social behavior. He is one of the lucky ones to whom the hobby of life has become a profession. He perceived selected ways at the festive table and the overall appearance of people in diplomacy. Abroad, he enriched his know-how with a fine dining table etiquette. At home, he founded kurzy-etikety.cz courses.

Michal Hugo Hromas

Chef in the open air

He cooked in restaurants, and his clients included US and Israeli ambassadors. He gives himself to Levantine and Judeo-Arabic cuisine, used his experience in creating and implementing food concepts. Today, he travels around Europe as a Nomadis - a nomadic restaurant of one chef which cooks Levantine and Mediterranean cuisine at various events.

Jan Hudák

Bistro8 Vinohrady co-owner

A lover of good food, wine and, more recently, coffee. In Bistro 8, they make everything themselves; they said a strict NO to the semi-finished products. They use the maximum amount of local and seasonal raw materials, ideally from sustainable sources. They are inspired by world cuisine, follow trends and a healthy lifestyle.

Jana Zatloukalová

(Not only) an author of cookbooks

She is here to show/prove that everyone can learn to cook well and happily. There are no exceptions! She could not cook on her own initially and with the growing number of children she decided to come up with cooking. In an almost detective way to the last detail like "how hot a medium-hot oven is."

Miša and Kamil Tomcofčíkovi

Food Bloggers

Simply, tasty. That is their motto. Not that they don't offer more complicated recipes on the blog, but they stop being complicated step by step. As chef Gusteau in the Ratatouille animated movie, they believe that anyone can cook! They inspire what to serve for breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Věra Hladká

Chief confectioner and lecturer

The chief confectioner of the Prosecco restaurant and the teacher of courses in Roman Vaněk’s PRAKUL, she focuses on Czech confectionery and modeled cakes with a story. She made confectionery, for example, in the SaSaZu and the FourSeasons in Prague.

Kateřina Lukášková

Bistro owners, food bloggers

Mikyna crew member. They started out as a food blog because food was the best common theme. One worked in a media agency, the other studied mechanical engineering ... to throw themselves headlong into running a vegetarian bistro in Liberec styled as businesses in Australia with great gourmet coffee and good healthy food.

Kateřina Černá

Wine taster and evaluator

She graduated from MUAF in Lednice in the field of viticulture and viticulture. As an evaluator, she regularly participates in domestic and international wine competitions. The love of wine has thus become her profession! And so it should be.

Alexandr Burda

Educator focusing on gastronomy

Professional and scientific focus? Teaching professional subjects with a focus on gastronomy, beverage culture and the quality of restaurant services. He also writes about culinary arts, organizes events for the public, and adores experiential gastronomy, in which he works as a lecturer.

Zlatko Míčka

Sommelier and wine investment specialist

Portfolio manager of the Wine Investment Partners investment fund. He founded Merlot d’Or, which imports the best French wines to the Czech Republic. He is the vice-president of the Association of Sommeliers of the CR. Without him, the Czech Tartar Mixing Championship would not be possible!

Soňa Hanušová

Co-founder of Lucky Monkey, editor of Fenix Drinks

Her gastronomic journey began in a rum bar, her path of the bartender was crossed by an offer from the Madison Public Affairs PR agency... For years she was the editor-in-chief of Barlife magazine, co-organized the Prague Bar Show, Ginfest and Rumfest events.

Ondřej Stratilík

Journalist with a focus on the beer industry

During his journalistic work, he has long been involved in Czech crafts and the brewing business in general - currently as a reporter for the CNN Prima News station, previously as an editor of the weekly Euro or Lidové noviny. He is behind the yearbook Top Czech Beer published since 2018 and continuously maps events on the brewery map.

Mojmír Prokeš

Czech Beer Specialist, Chodovar

Founding chairman of the Beer Club of the Czech Republic, ex-vice-president of the Czech Bartenders' Association and currently its proud member. Founder of the Czech beer specialist section and director of the U Sládka hotel, Pravé pivní lázně beer spa, the Ve Skále restaurant and the Stará sladovna of the Chodovar family brewery.

How do we evaluate?

The numbers don’t lie. Therefore, we have set evaluation criteria with maximum points. Allocated points were added up and converted to percentages. All companies that have received a rating above 70% are presented.

Max. points in %

  • 40%

    taste and quality of food

  • 20%

    taste and quality of drinks

  • 10%

    presentation of food / drinks, appearance

  • 5%

    originality of the offer

  • 15%

    personnel (behaviour, knowledge)

  • 10%

    environment / atmosphere

Max. points in %

  • 40%

    taste and quality of food

  • 20%

    taste and quality of drinks

  • 15%

    presentation of food / drinks, appearance

  • 15%

    personnel (behaviour, knowledge)

  • 10%

    environment / atmosphere

Max. points in %

  • 30%

    taste and quality of coffee, variety of offerings

  • 30%

    taste and quality of dessert

  • 10%

    offer and quality of other drinks

  • 5%

    quality of offer for light meals

  • 15%

    personnel (behaviour, knowledge)

  • 10%

    environment / atmosphere

Max. points in %

  • 40%

    quality of wine

  • 20%

    extent of assortment

  • 5%

    extent of assortment

  • 25%

    personnel (behaviour, knowledge)

  • 10%

    environment / atmosphere

Max. points in %

  • 40%

    taste quality, treatment of beer

  • 20%

    beer snacks

  • 10%

    assortment of beer

  • 5%

    nealko nápoje

  • 15%

    personnel (behaviour, knowledge)

  • 10%

    environment / atmosphere

Our taste judges

Simply put – food enthusiasts. And because a person can’t live on bread alone, there are also enthusiasts for wine and beer! Sommeliers, chefs, photographers and castle managers.

  • LIBOR NAZARČUK – head of Czech Sommeliers Asoociation
  • DAVID KUKLA – owner of Sklizeno
  • KRISTINA LUND – foodie blog Děvče u plotny
  • IGOR CZAJKOWSKI – owner of Mezzanine Cafe
  • JITKA ZERHAUOVA – opera singer
  • IVO MINAŘIK – head of the Regional Development Department of the South Moravian Region
  • BOHUMIL ŠIMEK – governor of the South Moravia Region in 2016–2020
  • IDA RAŠOVSKA – head od Management Institute of Mendel´s University
  • PETR HYBLER – region representative
  • PAVEL KRŠKA – head of National Wine Centre
  • ANDREA TKAČUKOVA – head of Foreigners s.r.o. and Festival “Všem ženám”
  • GABRIELA FELLINGEROVA –head of Community Work Centre
  • LUBOŠ VITANOVSKY – head of Bravissimo agency
  • BLANKA MAHELOVA – head of Family centre Studanka, z.s.
  • MAYORS of south Moravia municipalities
  • MANAGERS of south Moravia Information centers
  • DMO* ZnojmoRegion, DMO Pálava and LVA, DMO Moravian Karst and vicinity, DMO Brno and vicinty, DMO Slovácko     * destination management area
Copyright Tourist Authority South Moravia

The project is based on the concept of Gourmet Brno, the author is TIC Brno.