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MATYLDA GRZELAK 

Counting 28 autumns, she is part of the Terroir Warsaw Team. First studying hospitality in Edinburgh, she then embarked on a year’s journey with food in Italy, becoming the first polish alumna of the famous University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo. After many years abroad she then returned to take in running Metamorfoza restaurant in Gdańsk as head and PR manager together with Adrian Klonowski, who then became head chef. In four years the young two made it one of the best and most unique in the country and abroad also through their unconventional “Commis Made” events. Last October Matylda and Adrian gave a talk at one of the most recognized symposiums in the world - Food On The Edge in Galway, on losing polishness and the necessity of starting all over through looking at other food cultures. As they said, they did, closing Metamorfoza in February, both began their journey in the unique Pädaste Manor in Estonia, where she now manages the restaurant and researches Nordic Islands cuisine. Matylda also contributes to Finedining Lovers and has set up the JRE Association in Poland, becoming its national chair. She is passionate about establishing coherent and unique concepts for restaurants and organizing niche gastronomic events. In her free time she practices as a cheesemaker.