Prof. Janez Bogataj
Honorary Professor – University of Ljubljana
A retired university professor, Prof. Janez Bogataj is an IGCAT expert (International Institute of Gastronomy Culture, Arts and Tourism) since 2016. He is co-author of the Slovenian Gastronomy Strategy, the gastronomy strategies for Ljubljana and Central Slovenia, Gorenjska, and Dolenjska, co-author of projects for some successful brands in gastronomy. Author and co-author of more than 80 books, numerous discussions, articles, and popular works in the field of cuisine and gastronomy. Five of his books received Gourmand World Cookbook awards. He is Slovenia’s ambassador in the European Destination of Excellence network, and Conseiller Gastronomique at Chaîne des Rôtisseurs de Slovénie. He lectures and publishes articles in Slovenia and abroad.
Prof. Janez Bogataj worked as an Art Director in Ethnology at the Dolenjska Museum in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, between 1972 and 1974, and was nominated as an Assistant Intern at the Institute for Slovene Ethnology at the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts. In June 1977 he was appointed as Assistant at the Department of Ethnology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. In June 1987 he became a lecturer (Assistant Professor); from January 1993 to January 1998 he was Associate Professor at the Department of Ethnology. On October 27th, 1998, the Senate of University of Ljubljana appointed him professor and on December 1st, 2011 as Honorary Professor.
He also lectures as Guest Professor at the Turistica – High School for Tourism in Portorož. As a lecturer, he often appears at various seminars. In addition to his numerous functions at the Faculty of Arts (as chairman of the Ethnology Department between 1981 and 1983, and between 1992 and 1998), he is also the President of the Expert Committee for the Marking and Evaluation of Products of Arts and Crafts at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia since 1990. Since 1977 he is member of the committee and curator for the Biennal exhibit of Arts and Crafts in Slovenia. He was also the curator of Slovenia Arts&Crafts exhibitions in Munich (1994), Los Angeles (2000), Tokyo (2000), Vienna (2001), Den Haag (2006), amongst many others.