Poland – a country situated on the cross roads of European trade routes – has always been a melting pot of cultures, religions and traditions. Both settlers and travellers brought in new ingredients, recipes and tastes. Traditional Polish bread is praised by visitors from all over Europe. We produce a multitude of different types of bread (made of rye, soya, sunflower seeds, flavoured with honey or nuts) which is highly appreciated by all foreigners.
Traditional Polish cuisine combines: the refined tastes of the French cuisine introduced to Poland by the court of Henri de Valois – the first elected Polish king and the mysterious flavours of the Lithuanian forests, the sweet aroma of the Jewish dishes and the taste of steak Tartare – originally made by the horse riders of Genghis Khan who used to place a slice of raw beef under their saddles for extra tenderness. Polish cuisine is characterised by dishes with a well-defined taste.
According to Kurt Scheller, the founder and owner of Kurt Scheller Academy in Warsaw, there is no set national cuisine here, there are several regional variations. Many Polish dishes are served in different ways depending on the region, the chef’s taste and imagination, and availability of fresh ingredients. Żurek – the most typical Polish soup based on fermented rye flour can be served with potatoes/hard-boiled egg/cabbage/cottage cheese/mushrooms/sausage/sourcream etc. The eastern part of the country is well known for pierogi, Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains for kwaśnica (sauerkraut soup) and oscypek (a sheep’s milk smoked cheese). Polish farmers are known for keeping t traditional, organic methods of cultivation and husbandr which means that Polish produce is less pleasing to the eye than the mass-produced Western equivalents but more pleasing to the palate. Cooking the Polish way means putting your heart into it. “Guest at home, God at home” – is a famous Polish saying which means that whether you are an old friend or a stranger you will be greeted with the same attention and hospitality and won’t leave without having eaten a sumptuous meal.