Antonia Klugmann was born in Trieste in 1979. It wasn’t until a halfway through her law degree that she fell in love with cuisine. Antonia’s first four years in the industry were spent in the kitchen of the young Chef Raffaele Mazzolini and she also interned wherever she could. Unfortunately her work was cut short after a bad car accident ; this meant Antonia had to stay at home for almost one year. During her time in recovery, Antonia decided to start her own vegetable garden and quickly gained a newfound respect for all nature’s products. She also began putting together a plan to open her own restaurant. She accomplished her project in 2006 by opening the Antico Foledor Conte Lovaria next to Udine, in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Then, in 2012 she started working in Venice, as Chef of the Il Ridotto restaurant, after that, she worked at the Michelin Starred Venissa.
In December 2014 she opened her new restaurant, L’Argine a Vencò, in Dolegna del Collio next to the Slovenian border. Surrounded by vineyards, the small restaurant has won a Michelin star in 2015, just a few months after its opening. In 2017 the restaurant has been reviewed with “3 Cappelli” by La Guida Dell’Espresso.
During the last couple of years Antonia has attended as a speaker many national and international events like “Parabere Forum” in Barcelona and “Food on the Edge” in Ireland. She participated to “Episode 7” of the 4th season of“A mind of a Chef”, as a guest of Gabrielle Hamilton.
In 2017 she cooked for “Gelinaz - Does Upper Austria”, she was one of the four members of the jury in the 7th Edition of the TV show “Masterchef Italia” and she published her first book “Di cuore Di coraggio” illustrating how she became a Chef, collecting 60 key recipes from her life.
[foto di Mattia Mionetto]