Fresh out of the Fifteen by Jamie Oliver kitchen, rising star Damian Wawrzyniak has served up his signature authentic Polish fare to more than 100 delegates including VIPs and diplomats in the heart of London. The banquet was held for the inauguration of the Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4).

One of Poland’s most in demand exports with a raft of recent TV appearances under his belt including a stint in Mary Berry’s Easter Feast kitchen and BBC Breakfast, Wawrzyniak was appointed to design and execute the high end banquet.

Held at the Polish Embassy in London, Chef Wawrzyniak’s menu for the occasion paid homage to Poland’s food culture, delighting the 250 guests with tastes of home. Dishes included Damian’s Pate served with sourdough bread and pickles, onions and cress, moreish Pierogies and delectable goose and duck croquettes. The taste sensation concluded with Chef Wawrzyniak’s signature Babka – a sweet cake topped with chocolate and studded with nuts.

Chef Wawrzyniak’s modern interpretation of Polish cuisine delighted the VIPs and politicians gathered at the event. He said, “Designing and then cooking up the menu for the banquet at the Polish Embassy in London was a fantastic creative challenge and a real honour. The guests loved the food - some of them were in Poland back in the 80s and my flavours brought back great memories, which is the ultimate compliment! Others had never tried Polish food before and fell in love with the tastes and flavours of the dishes.”

The Visegrad Group represents the interests of four EU Member States from Central Europe, and Polish Presidency begins in a very particular moment. In the last 25 years, the V4 Countries have developed a close cooperation based on common values and interests, while the Group has become a well-known symbol of a successful initiative for pursuing joint interests, and a central element of cooperation in Central Europe. Poland took over the Presidency of the Group from the Czech Republic and will hold the seat until July 2017.

In addition to larger parties and events, Chef Wawrzyniak also holds private dining events. To find out more visit


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