Jeffrey James Vella discovered his passion for cooking at an early age in his native Malta. He worked for major hotel chains in London, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and he also created brands for Radisson Hotel Group in Brussel, Belgium, before coming to Zagreb. Chef Jeffrey is also Co-Founder at A Pinch of Design.
Read on to learn how Jeffrey began his career, what future trends he sees and what’s behind A Pinch of Design.
The Royal Astorija Hotel showcases architecture that dates back to 1901 and lies in the heart of Vilnius Old Town. The historic and cultural importance of the building was one of the most relevant value within ground floor redesign project that brings new image to the hotel as part of Radisson Collection brand, a new generation of iconic properties and one-of-a-kinds.
Jeffrey Vella took the lead of Monte Mulini's fine dining restaurant Wine Vault in Rovinj, part of Maistra's luxury hotels, creating a clean, uncompromising and very modern high cuisine that can not be compared to any other in Croatia.
We are glad to present you a couple of pictures from recently opened Makar Bar at Radisson Blu Waterfront Dubai.
Makar ‘snug’ bar, cigar emporium and eatery, is a comfortable and secluded grown-up space that offers a range of whisky, served by a discreet service in a relaxed ambience of chunky seating with a ‘cotton-wool’ effect of music & lighting.
It's an honor to be featured on Missana web page with our project of Bocca Buona restaurant at Park Inn by Radisson Zurich Airport. Their Oslo chairs and barstools have perfectly fit into Bocca Buona restaurants.
Among the numerous awarded graphic and packaging projects in last twelve years of work, the visual identity of A Pinch of Design agency was also presented in the interview given for Designed online magazine. Designed is a reference platform for visual communication in the region, covering on the most relevant design topics.
A wonderful interview with our Pâtissière Extraordinaire - Booboo Tannenbaum - talking about illustrations, Berlin inspirations, drawing exercises, collaborations across Europe and cakes. The interview forms part of Vizkultura's project 'Dia: Forme' in co-operation with Goethe-Institut.
First Cocktail Masterclass Zagreb was held on the 26th February by the internationally renowned bartender, Simone Caporale, winner of the World best bar awards in 2012-2015 and proclaimed as International bartender of the year 2014.
All praise to our Soul Shaker, Marijan Maksan, who is behind the Zagreb Cocktail Story initiative, for a great contribution to positioning Zagreb on the world cocktail map.
Today we have been published in Beijing by Gooood Magazine.
Since it's inception in 2010, Gooood has expanded rapidly into the most popular and influential architecture, landscape, design and art online magazine and community.
Lobby and Bocca Buona at Park Inn by Radisson Zürich have been published in Retail Design blog.
Jeffrey Vella is featured on the list of seven most influential Croatian chefs of the 21st century, as published by gastronomy portal Kult Plave Kamenice.
'Jeffrey Vella is technically probably the most competent Croatian chef. Vella's enormous knowledge spread from the Esplanade, through Dubrovnik, via street food in Zagreb to the experimental-commercial JV at Barbieri's'.
We are pleased to see a huge social media coverage about Park Inn by Radisson Zürich Airport hotel & restaurant design, this time in lifestyle magazine Journal.
The recently completed project includes the complete hotel's ground floor redesign - lobby, reception, Bocca Buona restaurant and bar. The design and ambience aimed to fit the lobby into the Park Inn next generation style, but keeping a reference to Swiss minimalist architecture, with more neutral colors and simple shapes.
The successful Bocca Buona Italian restaurant concept has arrived in Switzerland! Following successful openings in Nice, Riga and Stuttgart, the restaurant now offers something completely new to the region around Zurich Airport, with high-quality, yet simple, cuisine and ambience.
Marijan Maksan has been holding a high level cocktail offer in Dežman's passage for years. First in Dežman Bar, and then in his younger brother Dežman Mini Bar, where he has been the head bartender and author of the concept since its inception.
Maksan's latest project, Zagreb Cocktail Story, is bringing to Zagreb one of the world's most famous barmen, Simone Caporale, who will held the first cocktail masterclass in which will convey his knowledge and experience to local barmen.
Grand opening of Bocca Buona at Park Inn Zurich Airport hotel has been covered by several Swiss newspapers and portals, such as Hotel Revue, Rümlanger and Zürcher Unterländer.
Many thanks to Vizkultura, the largest portal of Visual Arts and Culture in region, for such a nice article about us and our latest project for Park Inn by Radisson Zürich Airport hotel.
A Pinch of Design agency is dedicated to strategic identity creation and operational support to restaurants, bars and hotels with headquarters in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Barcelona.
We are glad to be featured on Prostoria's web page with three of our projects.
The menu created at Barbieri's by Jeffrey Vella unanimously confirmed him as a top chef, as emphasized in the most cited newspapers in Croatia.
Radovan Marčić for the newspaper Jutarnji list wrote: 'Barbieri - Vella's partnership is already the highlight of the Croatian fine dining restaurant style. If this partnership continues developing, it could be one of the most trustworthy addresses of high cuisine in Croatia.'
Our very respective Flavour Inspector Goran Turković starts today the Great African Run. We will follow Goran and his Rally Dogs team from Budapest to Bamako on this largest amateur rally in the world. Wishing you more than a Pinch of good luck & fun!
The Bocca Buona Restaurant has been a roaring success with guests at the Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart Hotel in Germany. Meet the man behind the meals, Rezidor's expert Executive Chef Michael Steeb, as he shares his top tips for Italian home cooking.
Chef Jeffrey Vella started a new venture in partnership with Franko Barbieri. From December 2017, the former restaurant Barbieri's will be called JV at Barbieri's.
'Mr. Vella, the former chef of the Hotel Esplanade, who has been participating in the opening of a number of restaurants across Europe and who runs a successful Oranž Street food, has just presented the first menu for JV at Barbieris to Zagreb gastro scene.'
Bocca Buona workshop & culinary training, organised by Concept Curator Jeffrey Vella and Rezidor's Area Executive Chef Bernd Kirsch, will be held from the 2nd till 6th of December 2017 at Park Inn Valdemara Riga for the chefs and F&D managers from currently five Bocca Buona restaurants.
A great illustrator and graphic designer Booboo Tannenbaum has joined our team to prepare a series of custom-made wall graphics for the lobby at Park Inn by Radisson Zurich Airport Hotel.
The inspiration for artworks we took from the very rich art history of Zürich in the 1920ies, with references to expressionism, surrealism and dadaism in form and shape, but we still wanted to keep clear associations with what Switzerland is famous for - beautiful nature, lakes and mountains - and, naturally, add some landmarks of Zürich itself.
Croatian gastro journal Kult Plave Kamenice published the interview with the Maltese - Croatian chef Jeffrey Vella.
'Within A Pinch of Design brand, which brings together Croatian and international marketing, branding, design and, most importantly, culinary experts, Vella has set up a number of restaurant projects in important European cities, including Niza, Zurich, Riga, Copenhagen and Stuttgart.'
Chef Jeffrey Vella leads the concept development and culinary training for the recently renovated Café Royal in the heart of the city.
Here, you will be welcomed all day and be able to enjoy breakfast, weekend brunches, and the unique Afternoon Tea inspired by the designs of Arne Jacobsen. The restaurant also has a well-assorted dinner menu with classical bistro dishes and dry-aged meat.
Following its hugely popular launch in Riga and Nice, the vibrant and colorful Bocca Buona is now set to take a pizza the foodie action in Germany, serving authentic, fresh, seasonal cooking – with the powerful flavor combinations for which Italian food is renowned.
Something really BUONA is about to bring a smile to the mouths of Italian food lovers in Stuttgart: Park Inn by Radisson’s brilliant Bocca Buona is coming to town…
"We are immensely excited to bring the fantastic Bocca Buona concept to Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart," said Philip Mahoney, the Vice President Food & Drinks at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. "Guests at our Riga and Nice hotels have loved our authentic Italian experience at Bocca Buona, as well as the gorgeous surroundings and style of the concept. We look forward to sharing this delicious experience, created from the highest-quality ingredients and great passion, with our guests in Stuttgart."
Norbert Schneider, General Manager at the Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart said proudly: “We’re delighted that Bocca Buona will bring a successful concept on the scene that all our guests – and the local community – can really look forward to.”
Apart from the novelties in the kitchen, Oranž Streets can also boast of its modern interior, designed by team of creative individuals who introduced new elements based on the Scandinavian approach. Simple elegance with a dose of practicality and ecological approach to the materials are the most distinguished features of the northern style in the space, conceived in a way that every guest feels as enjoyable and relaxed.
Marijan Maksan, Head Bartender and Concept Curator at Dežman Mini Bar Zagreb, won the award for the best bar and for the best signature cocktail Domino at the Cocktail Week Zagreb 2017.
Marijan was proclaimed one of the most talented Croatian barmen who established, together with the bartenders Jovan Pupovac and Mate Filipovic, Dežman's bar as the central place for craft cocktails in Zagreb and Croatia shortly after the opening.
This micro bistro of the famous Maltese-Croatian Chef Jeffrey Vella shows what happens when a high-cuisine chef takes over burgers, salads and other seemingly simple dishes. Oranž Streets introduced to Zagreb's gastro scene an ubiquitous technique and a perfect sense of combining tastes.
'Our favorites are, from the menu that often changes, home-made burgers, tartar steak and black risotto. Wine selection is very good, with good prices.'
Our on-site Italian restaurant, Bocca Buona is an intimate place to dine and offers a menu of authentic Italian and international cuisine with a wide selection of wines as well as a breakfast buffet. The colorful and cozy atmosphere of the restaurant and lounge bar makes it an ideal place to relax with a glass of wine or favorite cocktail after a long day exploring Riga, the capital of the Baltics!
9 of our works was selected for the Biennial exhibition of Croatian design 1516, organised by the Croatian Designers Society. The exhibited works include: Bocca Buona visual identity, posters Zvizdan, Kosac, Zvir, ili_ili packaging and others.
La Canaria Restaurant located in Arguineguín, at Radisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria, is now officially opened. Special thanks to our colleagues from Proyecta XXI Project Management, it was a pleasure working with you.
A great inauguration evening, many thanks to all our guests and partners. Our restaurant is open now, the whole team is happy to welcome you in a cosy, casual ambience where you can enjoy delicious Italian food.
A Pinch of Design agency is launched as a collaboration of architects, interior and graphic designers, and F&D experts that offer a range of specialist services from strategy creation to design to brand and image through to implementation and operational support for retail, restaurants, bars, cafés & hotels.
ili_ili packaging for Grupa Studio lamps won Regpak award for the best packaging design in the region. Ili_ili packaging now has the opportunity to be directly nominated for the prestigious WorldStar award and thus present and affirm both design and brand qualities
10 of our projects underwent the selection for Bienal exhibition of Croatian design 1314. Our exhibited work include: visual identities of Arhitektura & Arheologija, MC Faust Vrančić, posters Aida, Ciguli Miguli, Cirkus!, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Hush and packaging for Kontra, Edicta Pharm and Micica.
The Dieline, one of the leading design web-portals specialised in the packaging, has published the olive oil Razatuša and HNK wines in its selection of the best packaging designs.
Two Red Dot awards just entered Šesnić & Turković studio. One Red Dot is awarded for the poster of Tomaž Pandur's play "War and Peace", which was the biggest coproduction in 2012 of National Theatre Zagreb and Pandur Theatre from Slovenia. The second Red Dot was awarded for the package design for Razatuša olive oil.
Designers from Šesnić & Turković studio have won the prestigious Art Directors Club New York - Bronze Cube Award in the Environmental Design category for the "At Cuculić's Place" exhibition design. Art Directors Club is one of the most significant and oldest design manifestations in the world, and the studio entered the prestigious club of the most successful companies from design field.
Šesnić & Turković studio, part of A Pinch of Design agency, has won the prestigious Red Dot award: Best of the Best for the exhibition named "At Cuculić's Place" designed for the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia. The Red Dot is one of the most prestigious design awards with over 600 participants each year from all around the globe.