Raise the Bar Scholarship

We finance the education of talented persons in the area of gastronomy at the best universities around the world. The scholarship is intended for chefs, confectioners and restaurant serving staff.

The scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and skills in areas that are crucial for the further development of the Croatian tourist and gastronomic offer, including their culinary techniques, management and restaurant innovations.

The personal approach applied to each candidate will allow the most suitable scholarships to be granted to candidates according to their profile and needs.

An expert jury consisting of renowned Croatian chefs – Hrvoje Zirojević, Marko Gajski, Igor Gudac and Bruno Vokal and manager and co-owner of restaurant Noel – Ivan Jug, as well as representatives of the Human Resources Department of Coca-Cola HBC Croatia and members of the Raise the Bar project participate in the selection of scholarship winner(s). Based on the criteria set for passing the technical knowledge, psychological testing and interviews the winner of the scholarship at one of the world’s most prestigious universities will be selected.

Raise the Bar Scholarships 2020/2021

The winners of Raise the Bar Scholarships for 2020/2021 have been selected! The names of the winners will be announced on this year’s Gault&Millau 2021 guide publishing event on May 25.

Raise the Bar Scholarships 2019

In cooperation with the Budi Foodie foundation, at the International Gastronomy and Hospitality Congress Chefs’ Stage 2019 held in Šibenik, we awarded the first three scholarships to young talents in gastronomy and hospitality, thus opening doors for them to perfect their skills in the best programs around the world.

Nikolina Putica received a scholarship for culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu, Tibor Valinčić received a scholarship for restaurant management at Intrecci Alta Formazione Academy, and Marina Levak received a scholarship for confectionery at Ecole Nationale superieure de patissierie – Ducasse & Thuries.

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Nikolina Putica
Raise the Bar scholarship winner

Nikolina Putica received a scholarship for culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu.
“Coming to the Le Cordon Bleu academy and later doing my internship in Neolokal with Maksut Aksar was an important opportunity for my development since I had the chance to learn from the best. Winning this scholarship has shown me that hard work pays off. To all the young people with the ambition and desire to learn I would advise to apply as the scholarship can open new doors in their professional lives and help strengthen our gastro scene.”

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Tibor Valinčić
Raise the Bar Scholarship winner

Tibor Valinčić received a scholarship for restaurant management at Intrecci Alta Formazione Academy.
“To all those who are reading this, particularly those for whom cooking is their life’s calling, continue doing what you love because especially now every moment of happiness is important and work is one of the more important generators of our happiness. Raise the Bar scholarships open many doors and opportunities, so whoever has the opportunity should apply!” 

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Marina Levak
Raise the Bar Scholarship winner

Marina Levak received a scholarship for confectionery at Ecole Nationale superieure de patissierie – Ducasse & Thuries.
“Nothing goes away overnight and everything requires patience. I’ve always been a dreamer, so I want to tell all those interested in the Raise the Bar scholarship program to dare to dream. Although many things seems impossible or unrealizable at first, you should believe in yourself and be patient. Don’t hesitate to apply, simply do it because fortune favors the brave,”