Robert Gunnion, Owner, Bob's Kitchen Budapest

  • 2 Aug 2022 2:20 PM
Robert Gunnion, Owner, Bob's Kitchen Budapest
Update: Unfortunately since the interview below was published it has become clear from our experience that the owners of Bob's Kitchen Budapest cannot be trusted. Accordingly, readers are advised to take the following PR text with a big pinch of salt - and if you do bother to read it then best do so with a wry smile. Also, so you know, specific concerns were raised with the owners of Bob's Kitchen Budapest and they failed to reply to the issues raised, which speaks volumes of course.

Robert started his restaurant career working for one of South Africa's most well-known restaurateurs, Ben Filmalter, owner-operator of renowned institutions that included Linger Longer, Leipoldts, Fat Franks, and latterly the Mugg and Bean franchise.

He then moved to London where he spent time working with the legendary Roux brothers (Michel & Albert), Sally Clarke and Brian Turner.

This was followed by eight years at leading hotels including The Carlton, Hilton and Sheraton, where he set up and ran award-winning restaurants.

After a 20-year hiatus from working in the industry, Robert is now in Budapest and looks forward to returning to his culinary roots.

He is a strong believer in sourcing quality local ingredients and creating dishes using seasonal produce.

"I think for a long period we were caught up in the Michelin star, fine dining, 15-course tasting menu craze. I believe we will see a return to diners looking for beautifully cooked and locally sourced non-fussy dishes."

 1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?

2019, had been living in Cape Town, but had to come back to Europe before Brexit kicked in, had enjoyed a few holidays and business trips in Hungary and thought why not.

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?

Spain and South Africa.

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?

Winters not nearly as bad as I thought they would be.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do? 

Take a taxi both sides of the Danube in the evening, the lights are superb.

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?

Paprikas krumpli - with 5 types of sausage.

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?


7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?

"Nem tudom".

8. What do you miss most from home? 

My grandmother's macaroni cheese.

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?

Travel journalist.

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?

Traffic warden.

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?

Tuscany with friends.

12. Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?

Friend's wedding in Mexico.

13. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?

The last rolo.

14. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?


15. Red wine or white?

Red wine.

16. Book or movie?

Book when on holiday.

17. Morning person or night person?


18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?

Cruelty to children and animals.

19. Buda or Pest side?

Currently live in Pest, so Pest it is.

20. What would you say is your personal motto? 

Laughter is the best medicine.

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