Krassimir Nizamov is one of the most interesting and beloved participants in the sixth season of "MasterChef Bulgaria". Tarnovo is proof that it is never too late to find your way and change your life. The young man had a tumultuous childhood, often getting into trouble. Before he got into cooking, Krasi worked on everything from construction to photography. However, the woman next to him directs him to participate in "MasterChef" and now he opens a new page in his life with his own restaurant, and it is for Asian street food.
Krasi, what is the concept of the restaurant?
Fōku is a fast food restaurant that will offer Asian street food. However, our goal is to raise the level of street food in Bulgaria - not only as food that we offer, but also as a holistic approach to serving this type of food. What we mean - first, we want to combine classic Asian recipes with Bulgarian products. I have always been an experimenter in the kitchen and I would not change this distinguishing feature. An example of such a thing is the preparation of a Japanese syrup omelette with Bulgarian tofu, which we make ourselves with Bulgarian soy, provided by the Soy Institute in Pavlikeni. We will use higher class products typical of gourmet cuisine, such as Bulgarian black truffle.
Our other goal is to replace Asian frying techniques with healthier cooking methods because we want to be modern and healthy. It is difficult to sell fast food and fight for a healthy lifestyle, but we will try to implement this culture. Our food will be offered in packages that are 100% recyclable, and we ourselves in the restaurant will recycle with the help of Easy Recycle Bags, whose bags can even be purchased from us. In time, I hope to become a good example of environmental protection, despite the nature of our business.
Who is behind it and how are you distributed?
Behind Fōku are three colleagues and friends - me, Yavor Atanasov and David Mangozov. We know each other from the kitchen :) I'm the chef, Yavor is the chef, and David is the assistant chef. Yavor has been working for street food restaurants for years - first in Copenhagen, then in Varna and Sofia. David is the youngest among us, only 22 years old, but for 5 years he has an affinity for cooking and last year he worked for a popular street food restaurant in Sofia
What does the name mean?
Fōku is a Japanese word meaning fork. When we considered the name of the restaurant, we constantly remembered that the use of Asian sticks in Bulgaria is not so common, and this can repel people who are not experimenters. So we decided to offer two options - Asian forks and sticks, and to name our restaurant "Fork" (smiles - b.r.) to reassure people - nothing to fear.
Why Asian food?
Because I have an attraction to Asian cuisine, and Asians are the gods of street food. We decided that it would be something new, different and interesting for Bulgarians
What does the menu include and will it change over time?
The menu will change constantly. Not only to the seasons and seasonal food, but also to our customers, their feedback, and my ideas. I'm just such a person, I like to experiment in the kitchen, I do not like to be enslaved to recipes and I do not imagine in our restaurant to offer the same dishes. In the beginning we will start with takayaki, Japanese omelet and two types of curry - classic and green curry and we will gradually introduce new things.
Who painted the cartoons on the walls?
Our logo and all the drawings on the walls are the work of Ventsislav Petrov with the artistic pseudonym Vincent pwolf. Venci is 24 years old, he studied design in Italy, and since he has been in Bulgaria he has been dealing with music videos, graphic design, street art and animations.