Despite the disruption in her plans caused by the corona crisis, a new opportunity for cooperation emerged which she is looking forward to. “I assume that plans of most people, myself included, have changed this year. In spite of that, an opportunity to work on a project in Dubrovnik with chef Darjan Urdih opened for me. Since the crisis impacted the tourism especially, he decided to open a small local bottega, Oaza – the finest grocery store, through which he supports local family farms, olive growers and winemakers. In Oaza, various workshops and degustation will be held as well as homemade bread selling.
Even though, thanks to the Budi Foodie and Raise the Bar scholarship, she had the opportunity to study and work abroad, she sees her professional future in Croatia. “I want to develop and build my career in Croatia because I truly believe that we have a lot of experts from who I can learn a lot” she states firmly.
Raise the Bar continues its scholarship program this year as well and the novelty is that they will start their own foundation through which they will support gastro talents. The applications for the Raise the Bar scholarships will start in Autumn. All the information of the upcoming activities from this comprehensive socially responsible project can be found on their web, Facebook and Instagram pages.
“To all the young people with the ambition and desire to learn I would like to suggest that with the application for the scholarship they can open new doors in their professional lives and help strengthen our gastro scene” Nikolina smilingly concludes.