Péter Endrődi, Executive Chef, Yama Restaurant Budapest

  • 28 Nov 2023 6:56 AM
Péter Endrődi, Executive Chef, Yama Restaurant Budapest
Péter brings over two decades of expertise with Asian cuisine, including sushi skills, to his role as Executive Chef of Yama Budapest. With international experience at Buddha Bar locations in London, Paris, and Monte Carlo, Péter played a pivotal role in their success.

Under his guidance, Yama Budapest offers a gastro experience that blends traditional and contemporary influences, showcasing his profound understanding of flavours and culinary techniques.

Ed: Worth noting is that Yama itself is not solely about gastronomy, as that key element is combined with interor design, sound and ambiance to offer a holistic Asian adventure in the heart of Budapest.

Péter's creative approach and attention to detail create distinctive dining experiences. Continuously pushing the boundaries of Asian fusion cuisine, he's said to deliver exceptional taste sensations, establishing Yama Budapest as a top destination for discerning Asian food connoisseurs.

1. Where did you grow up?

I was raised in Budapest.

2. Who was the best cook in your family?

My mother, and also my grandmother.

3. What is your fondest food memory?

My grandparents' traditional Hungarian Sunday lunches.

4. What was the first recipe you learned?

Pan fried Pizza

5. What is your favourite food to eat?

Pizza, Sushi, Goulash soup, tartare beefsteak, and breaded cheese, but not all at the same time :)

6. How often do you 'play with food' to create new dishes?

Every time I get inspired.

7. Which chef do you admire most and why?

Gordon Ramsey, Heston Blumenthal, Gregoire Berger and their commitment to the profession.

8. When did you start cooking, and why?

When I was six years old. Because I was hungry :)

9. What was your funniest kitchen incident?

When I put the sushi rice on the cooker, and forgot to turn it on.

10. What was the luckiest moment in your life so far?

Fortunately, there were several of them: When the band Queen visited Budapest in 1998 and they liked their sushi, and Brian May thanked me personally. When I moved to Monte Carlo, I was able to work within the principality. When we opened Yama in 2021.

11. How do you like to relax?

I love hiking, wellness and meditating.

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

Girls, cars and music.

14. What single thing would improve your quality of life?

Leisure, freedom.

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

I don't feel like I want to pursue any another career. Anything else would be foreign to me. Maybe there is an exception - being a "bored millionaire" :)

16. What job would you definitely never want?

Any job I would not feel comfortable with.

17. What achievement in your life are you most pleased with?

The opening of the Yama Budapest. I think this is the crowning achievement of my career so far.

18. What behaviours do you most like in others?

Humility, purposefulness, love of their profession.

19. What would you say is your personal motto?

Every day to be better than you were yesterday.

20. What is your professional goal for the next 5 years?

I want to make Yama world famous. I would like people to get to know the world of Yama - the taste and experience - all over the world.

21. Is there anything else you would like to mention?

I consider it important to work conscientiously and accurately, that's why I love the Japanese mentality.

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