Katinka Pitó, Partner, Bob's Kitchen Budapest

  • 10 Oct 2022 4:42 PM
Katinka Pitó, Partner, Bob's Kitchen Budapest
Katinka is a business development expert, currently working on opening the Hungarian market for premium international beauty brands like Moroccanoil and K18.

Next to it, as a business partner, she is also passionate about launching Bob's Kitchen Budapest business and introduce the locals to the traditions of British cuisine.

1. Where did you grow up?

In the depth of the Transylvanian mountains, in a small székely village. As a child I was caught in the Ceausescu era, still, I enjoyed the most freedom I ever had, in the embracing power of a mini community.

2. If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

20 years ago I fell in love with Budapest. A never-ending love, probably, but if I had to choose now it would be Tuscany or Portugal.

3. What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?

The view from our apartment to the Danube. This big water is somehow part of my identity. Staying close to it makes me feel relaxed and it gets me inspired too.

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

They should be able to catch the local feeling. I would encourage them to meet locals and do regular things. This is the best way to get in contact with the "soul" of the city. Just go to a noname bar or a doggy park, in a few minutes you find yourself in deep discussions with local people. Our shared stories can open our hearts, they bring us closer.

5. What is your favourite food?

It is hard to stay. I am a foodie, but I don't have a favourite food. The harmony of taste combinations can sweep me away. I also used to connect food with situations, feelings. I would pay millions if I could reconnect to a memory through a food. What's more, I would kill for a properly homemade pasta dipped in poppy seed sauce; never had since I lost my grandparents.

6. What is your favourite sport / form of exercise?

If we can call yoga, dance and body-conscious movement forms as sports, they are the ones for me. 

7. What is your favourite place in Hungary?

The little "Provance of Hungary", alias the North Balaton Area, Szentgyörgy Hill is particularly special to me. As a small country, it still can surprise me every time we go somewhere. 

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

All kinds of :-). I can see myself as a dog trainer, but also a movement therapist, or a singer-performer. 

9. What’s a job you would definitely never want?

A "told to be job", when you have to stay at one place and desperately wait for the end of your shift.

10. Where did you spend your last vacation?

It was a nice Tuscany- Slovenia - Austria trip. Unfortunately, a short one. I believe travelling should be longer. Minimum 2-3 weeks is needed to cut the brain from the well-known and truly get dipped in different cultures.

11. Where do you hope to spend your next one?

Cape Town, definitely. I have never been there, but it grabbed my imagination.

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

A group of friends used to gather, somebody played the guitar, the others were singing great classics, living our teenage pains through Pink Floyd, The doors, Trainspotting and so on. Was a really decadent feeling, but to tell you good things, I will never forget the sound of broken glass from the Lemon tree video clip of the Fools Garden. Of course, in secret I was watching the Beverly Hills and Melrose Place series, too. :-)

13. Apart from temptation, what can't you resist?

When Georgi, my dog, looks at me suggesting "stop working, let"s go to play". Luckily, she can always rescue me from my workaholic state of mind.

14. Red wine or white?

I like both, depending on the mood and occasion, but probably I would never refuse a nicely rounded, complex, butter-like Chardonnay Battonage.

15. Book or movie?

Book. There is also an inner need in me to write a book one day.

16. Morning person or night person?

None, but I can be both. Once I am in the situation, I go with the flow. :-) I never wake up early if I don't have to, but when I manage, I find the dawns, early mornings the most special moment of the day. It can refill me completely, it is almost mistic.

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

Violence, abuse towards any innocent humankind or animal. More efforts should be made to identify the background causes and take prevention. 

18. Buda or Pest side?

Pest, I always lived in the heart of the city and loved the vibe of it. Pest for me is like a big village with a great community. However, lately the hills and greens of Buda are calling me.

19. Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?

Getting up from crisis situations, being able to restart and getting stronger. I am a launcher, I am proud of all my work projects which were all the time about creating, establishing something new.

20. What would you say is your personal motto? 

We have a saying in Hungarian, “Józan paraszti ésszel", which in a funny way is something like using simply your intellect at problem solving, avoiding stupidity and complication. Some humor and love in our hearts will also never hurt.

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