We do not say that we have been following Altin Prenga for a long time. The monthly magazine Vogue says it, one of the most prestigious and authoritative fashion magazines of today that has listed the chef and owner of the Albanian restaurant Mrizi i Zanave, as one of the most interesting 4 faces of the new "food revolution" in the world kitchen.
Here's what the well-known Magazin writes to his article "The 4 new faces of world gastronomy"About the young cook from Fishta:Mirdita goat cooked in milk in a vegsh (earthenware pot), pozegaca plum and wild fig slatko and gliko (syrup preparation) of green walnut and forest dogwood, all washed down with a red wine produced from Kallmet grapes (a excellent vine, produced on the border with Montenegro, known for giving satisfactory results only in its territory of origin).
These are just some of the traditional Albanian dishes that chef Altin Prenga has been offering for three years in his restaurant Mrizi Zanave (literally "the shadow of the fairies", title of a work by the fellow poet Gjergj Fishta), near Lezhe, in the north of Albania, starting from ingredients strictly sourced from the country's farmers (110 souls in all) or in the surrounding woods.
"The choice of the restaurant name is not accidental," explains the gastronomist. «Fishta is one of the writers who most contributed to the formation of the Albanian language. My desire is to succeed in a similar mission, but in the gastronomic field.
Even gastronomy, in a final analysis, is a "language", with its alphabet, its dialects, its sense of identity and a link to a specific territory ". In the case of Albania, gastronomy speaks primarily the language of the shepherds. “In my recipes the most expensive ingredients are used, such as goat, malga cream, and porcini mushrooms collected in the nearby mountains of Puke.
Three at the most, because they don't cover each other ". A philological work, but not without inventiveness. "I love reinterpreting my old grandmother's old recipes and venturing into unusual combinations, as long as they belong to our tradition".
Vogue was founded in 1892 in New York by Arthur Baldwin Turnure. Since 1909 is owned by Condé Nast. It is one of the most prestigious and authoritative fashion magazines in the world, and is currently directed by Anna Wintour. Vogue is published in 19 countries.
Since 1965 it is also present in Italy where it is directed by Franca Sozzani and published by Condé Nast Spa Publications.
Other articles on Altin Prenga
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- "Km Zero" Albania: Interview with Altin Prenga (by Elvana Gjoka)
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