Mikhal Ashminov


He was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and began his culinary career at Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan. Then he moved to Westin Chosun Hotel in Korea and learnt how to cook Bulgarian traditional barbecue, a vegetarian meal, Bulgarian yogurt and lamb. He completed bartender training as well. He has opened a traditional Bulgarian restaurant , located in Itaewon, Seoul. Zelen means ‘green’ in Bulgarian which he declares his aim: ‘to offer fresh green Bulgarian dishes to Korean people’. He prefers traditional dishes that you can get just in Bulgarian home instead of the dishes localized to fit Korean taste. He is also currently a cast member in Korean TV shows such as JTBC ‘Sumi’s side-dish’, ‘Please Take Care of My Refrigerator’, and ‘Where is my friend’s house’ so he introduces Bulgarian food to the public..

How did you feel about joining JFWF 2019?

It’s the best festival. The preparation process is not very good, but I am happy as well. And I’m really happy that I can inspire young students who dream of a chef.

What is the most important factor in cooking?

Confidence, and a smile.

Any advice for those who dream of a chef?

Being a chef is not easy. There’s a lot of pressure. So I’d like to advise you to make time to enjoy your life.


Sujuk, Salad