Wojciech Modest Amparo is the chef and owner of atelier Amaro, which describes itself as a place “where nature meets science.” In 2013, it became the first restaurant in Poland’s history to be awarded a Michelin Star.
Before opening the restaurant, Amaro traveled the world, where he met chefs like René Redzepi, co-owner of Noma in Copenhagen; the team at Le Gavroche, Michel Roux’s three star restaurant; and Ferran Adria, famed head chef at the now-closed El Bulli, which was long considered the best restaurant in the world. On his website, Amaro says the experiences — and particularly the training at El Bulli — were incredibly influential in his work.
On his return to Poland, he became Head Chef at the Polish Business Roundtable Club in Warsaw, before opening Atelier Amaro in 2011. As detailed in culture.pl, Amaro “does not serve dishes — he serves culinary ‘moments’, pieces of edible art.” Typical Polish vodkas and liqueurs accompany the dishes, which are contemporary explorations of traditional Polish cuisine.
Amaro is the author of bestseller “Polish Cuisine of 21st century”, awarded the Grand Prix de la Litterature Gastronomique in Paris, and “Nature of Polish Cuisine” cookbooks.
He is also the Head Judge in the most popular TV Series Top Chef Poland. He is the Founder of Forgotten Fields Foundation – an organisation dedicated to searching for forgotten areas, recipes and craftsmen in culinary fields.