Our teachers

Séf Biró Norbert

BIRÓ NORBERT

Culinary Arts Program leader

Norbert Biró was head chef at Baraka restaurant for 11 years. Prior to that, he worked as sous chef for the opening teams of the Four Seasons, Kempinski and Ritz-Carlton hotels. Since 2020, he has been the CIE’s Culinary Arts Program’s leader.

Maki Stevenson

MAKI STEVENSON

Principal

The international teaching staff is led by Chef Maki Stevenson, who has twelve years of teaching experience. She qualified as a chef at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York, and after moving to Hungary in 2007, she started her own cooking school, Makifood.

Séf Nábelek Zsófia

NÁBELEK ZSÓFIA

Pastry Arts Program leader

Zsófi Nábelek started her career as a pastry chef in the Desszertszalon in Vác, then continued her career in the Kistücsök Restaurant in Balatonszemes. After 4 years as a trainee at MÁK, she left as head pastry chef. In addition to pastry, he studied communication. Her articles can be found in several print and online publications, editor of recipe books, consultant and recipe developer.

Séf Kiss Krisztián

KISS KRISZTIÁN

Pastry Chef

Krisztián started his career at the Novotel hotel, continued at the Gundel restaurant, and then tried his hand at private pastry shops in Hungary. Always attracted to travel, he started working on luxury cruise ships.  He has worked as Head Pastry Chef on Regent Seven Seas ships and has spent the last ten years on board Disney Cruise Line ships as Executive Pastry Chef. 

Séf Tischler Petra

TISCHLER PETRA

Chef

After graduating, Petra started cooking at Nobu, which opened at the time. Her experience abroad began at The Arts Club private membership restaurant in London and then in the US as a junior sous chef at One Eleven under French chef Joel Antunes.

Séf Stephane Gerphagnon

STEPHANE GERPHAGNON

Pastry Chef

Stephane was born in the South of France. He graduated from confectionery school in Lyon. He has worked in Paris, Melbourne and London. He moved to Hungary in 2007, where he worked initially at Lukács Confectionery and later with Lajos Takács at Olimpia. For several years he was the head pastry chef at La Praliné and á table!

Séf Sipos András

SIPOS ANDRÁS

Chef

András graduated as a chef from the Gundel Károly Cooking School. After Olimpia restaurant he worked as a chef in nU bistro, then as sous chef and then as a chef. After 4 years he continued his work at Susu Budapest and then at the Beefbar. Currently he is the Excetutive chef of the Continental group, responsible for 2 restaurants and an event venue, as well as the quality of the food and the day to day operations.

Séf Barhó Szabolcs

BARHÓ SZABOLCS

Chef

Szabolcs Barhó has worked in the kitchen since he was 16. He graduated in tourism and catering from the Kodolányi János University. He has been working at the Michelin-starred Borkonyha for 8 years. He has staged several times in London, including in two Michelin-starred restaurants of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

Séf Sarah Alwazir

SARAH ALWAZIR

Pastry Chef

Sarah Alwazir, started her career in London, first in small bakeries like Butterscotch Bakery and Primrose Bakery and then under Andy Rose, she managed the pastry department of Floridita Soho. She later became head pastry chef at the National Maritime Museum before she and her husband opened their own pastry shop in Camden, which TimeOut London listed as one of London’s most exclusive cafes.