Radisson Blu Hotel Batumi's Georgian chef Irakli Todadze
01 May, 2019
Radisson Blu Hotel Batumi's Georgian chef Irakli Todadze
The name Irakli Todadze rings a bell with many people in the Black Sea littoral. The Hotel “Radisson Blu Batumi” with the head chef Irakli Todadze offers their signature dishes to locals as well as tourists in Adjara. The guests are welcome to taste exquisite menus at “Clouds” and “Etim” restaurants.
irakli todadze
According to Irakli Todadze, he is a self-taught chef who carefully listened to the senior cooks’ recommendations. Apart from mastering the art of traditional Georgian dishes, the chef has traveled
around the world to get to know international dishes and grow professionally. Although he finds it hard to single out a favorite dish, Todadze’s recipes continue to amaze the customers. We offer you an interview with the head chef of the Hotel “Radisson Blu Batumi”.

Tell us about you – Where did you study cooking and when did you decide to pursue a culinary career?

I was studying at college. My first cooking experience in a restaurant was back in the 90s. It was love at first… I was 19 years old then. Cooking immediately won my heart. Different flavors, aromas and search for new tastes have led me to become a chef.
Who is your chef role model?

It comes as no surprise that I was obsessed with role models in the beginning. Their recipes seemed interesting to me. As I grew up, I have learned that lesser-known chefs are capable of creating masterpiece dishes as well. I have realized that I could not single out a chef as there are multiple gifted chefs out there. It is safe to say that there are plenty of young gifted chefs in Georgia, too.

Speaking of young chefs, how often do you happen to work with beginner cooks and do you share your experience with them?

I am working with beginner cooks on a regular basis in order to increase their engagement in culinary. My recommendations always refer to creating a unique taste and flavor combinations.

You have probably worked at various restaurants abroad – Can you recall the path to your success?

I am a self-taught chef. I have learned numerous things from senior chefs and now it is safe to call myself a chef. In the 90s, I worked at a number of restaurants in Georgia and beyond. One of the destinations was Dubai. I would like to add that we did not have many opportunities to gain experience in culinary as we could hardly find the necessary product at that time. I have been working as a cook since 1998. As for studying abroad, with the help of my friend, I continued my professional career in Dubai in 2000. I was 20 years old then. It was there when I was first introduced to unfamiliar dishes. My studies and working experience in Dubai lasted for 2 years.

As you have an experience of living in Dubai, can you tell us what makes Georgian cuisine different from the foreign one and what does Georgian cuisine mean to you?

Georgia is more and more refining its cuisine every day soon to join the international culinary. The country seems to have enormous potential for international development. For instance, as the Italian dish “Lasagne” is popular and familiar to most of the chefs around the world, so will become our signature dishes “Adjarian Khachapuri”,” Khinkali” and “Chakapuli”.
What is the signature dish that makes you proud before the guests?

It is Georgian cuisine. I can’t single out a dish. Georgian cuisine is just improvisation. There are no limitations or standards, but complete freedom to the cuisine.

As you have worked at various restaurants in Georgia and beyond – What does being a head chef at “Radisson Blu Batumi” mean to you?

I have been working at the restaurant since its opening day in 2009. “Radisson Blue Batumi” gave me a chance to further succeed in my career. Although I have changed occupations, I would always find something related to culinary in them. Our guests are treated with particular consideration and offered with a wide range of dishes. It should also be mentioned that the restaurant is distinguished by its high-quality service.
As you are working in a littoral city, your guests are not only Batumi folks, but also tourists – Tell us what is the most-ordered dish on your menu?

It is safe to say that the winner is “Midiebi”. The dish is cooked according to a special recipe and with different ingredients. In 2006, we opened “Iveria Beach” where its customers were offered our distinctive recipe. I remember people would come even from the capital Tbilisi to taste “Midiebi”… The recipe is still available on the menu of the “Clouds” restaurant.

As for your future plans – What kind of goals have you set in that regard?

I aim at making culinary more and more popular occupation among youth. I plan to get more beginner cooks engaged in the field and to equip them with the necessary practical experience.
irakli todadze
And, finally, what do you do in your leisure time besides cooking?

I have only a limited amount of leisure time but, in general, I love woodworking. I have created a lot of wood items…

Related stories:

Khachapuri featured on Youtube by Chef John

Georgian chef and embassy counselor at Fox 5 morning show

The Guardian about Georgian chef Tiko Tuskadze

Famous US chef and author recommends: Visit Georgia!

Other Stories
Georgia Reopens Shops and Malls
All kinds of open shops, including malls, have been opened in Georgia today.
Municipal Transport Services Resumed in Georgia
All kinds of municipal transport services – including Tbilisi Metro – have been resumed throughout Georgia today.
Municipal Transport to Reopen From May 29 in Georgia
All types of municipal transport will be reopened from May 29, Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia said at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Coordination Council on COVID-19 today.
Tourists Have to Present a Covid-19 Test Result Before Entering Georgia
According to Amiran Gamkrelidze, Head of the National Center for Disease Control, tourists will likely have to present a document while entering Georgia that they had been tested in the last 72 hours and the result was negative.
Covid-19 Restrictions Lifted In Georgia
As the epidemiological situation allows to accelerate certain situations, some restrictions have been lifted today in Georgia.
Some Covid-19 Restrictions To be Lifted In Georgia From May 18
Some of the restrictions imposed due to coronavirus spread is going to be lifted in Georgia from Monday, May 18.
The State Of Emergency Will Not Be Extended in Georgia
According to the Prime Minister, Giorgi Gakharia, the government will not address the President with a request to extend the state of emergency after May 22.
Village in Bolnisi Municipality to be Set Under Quarantine
Based on the decision made by the Interagency Coordinating Council, due to the high epidemiological risk, strict quarantine restrictions have been enacted in the village of Geta, Bolnisi Municipality, as part of the state of emergency.
Georgia to partially lift coronavirus-related restrictions on May 5
Georgia starts to partially lift some of the coronavirus related restrictions which were banned under the state of emergency.
9 patients die from COVID-19 as number of infected nears 600
The ninth patient has died of coronavirus in Georgia, who was 58-year-old in a critical condition.
Four Georgian sailors, who escaped from pirates, are safe
The Maritime Transport Agency said they are working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the issue related to the abduction of Georgian sailors by pirates in Nigeria.
Georgian couple exercises acrobatic tricks in a lockdown
The worldwide lockdown has changed many lives. If before pandemic it was usual to go out in the evening with a friend, drink beer or sip coffee, pandemic has changed the way people spend time.
Will flights be safe after the pandemic? – Visualization proves opposite
Nearly all passenger flights have been grounded after the coronavirus outbreak and declaration of the worldwide pandemic.
Epidemic in Georgia is contained, top Georgian health expert says
Georgia has managed to contain the epidemic, Amiran Gamkrelidze, Head of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health said.
Georgia may be among the first countries which get remdesivir medicine
There is a hope that Georgia will be among the first countries which receive remdesivir medicine from the US, Tengiz Tsertsvadze, General Director of the Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital said.
Georgia receives 40 thousand PCR tests from China
Georgia has received 40 thousand PCR tests from china, including 20 thousand antibody tests as a gift from the Chinese government, Healthcare Minister, Ekaterine Tikaradze said, who met the cargo at the airport.
COVID-19 will end in Georgia by June, study says
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) publishes new study which forecasts possible end of the coronavirus pandemic in the world and some of the other countries, including Georgia.
Coronavirus cases reach 511 as Georgia passes peak of the spread
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has increased to 511 in Georgia.
More than 100 thousand people downloaded covonavirus tracking app in Georgia
More than 100 thousand people in Georgia have downloaded a new government smartphone application designed to aid coronavirus contact tracing efforts.
Coronavirus cases near 500 as Georgia eases restrictions
“We will have to learn to cohabit and coexist with this virus” – says Tengiz Tsertsvadze, General Director of the Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital.
Georgia starts lifting of some coronavirus restrictions
Georgia starts to lift some restrictions effective April 27. This is within the government’s plan that consists of 6 stages.
Video of wedding on bicycles goes viral
Weddings in Georgia are usually crowded. Bride and Groom use limousine and guests follow them with their cars.
COVID-19 is like a silent death - recovered patients tell their stories
“Only from a hospital ward can one see the scale of the pandemic that is much larger than one can imagine” – Georgian Lile Absandze, a patient who recovered from COVID-19 says on Facebook.
456 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Georgia, 132 recovered
12 more patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Georgia, taking the number of total confirmed cases to 456.
Georgia to ease restrictions, according to PM's plan
Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has named 6 stages of easing the restrictions imposed within the framework of the state of emergency and opening up the economy.
GEL Exchange Rate
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange