Cooking for you

Wegeguru was born out of a deep understanding of the world of plants and their values, the desires and dreams of lovers of tasty, creative, light and nutritious food.

PIOTR WAŻYŃSKI

CHEF

One of Poland's best-established specialists on plant-based cooking (Guru, Biosfera, Green Bar, Vege MIASTO, Krowarzywa). Culinary educator and promoter of vegetarianism in gastronomy.

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"I've been a vegetarian for almost 30 years. In 2005, I became involved with Akademia Asan and Joga „Sztuka Życia” schools, where I practise yoga on camps and teach courses on vegetarian cooking. I am interested in dietetics and the influence of food on human health, including prevention of civilization-related diseases by eating a balanced fruit-and-vegetable diet. My passion is fusion cuisine, where I combine the elements of vegetarian cooking from around the world. I approach every dish with love and respect for nature, and I share the knowledge that I have gained with others, that is why I have been a nutrition educator for 5 years, both at "Zielona Kraina" project targeting grade 1-4 kids, and at "Zdrowa kuchnia ‒ zdrowe społeczeństwo” project, intended for those working in gastronomy. I also supported my friend Piotrek Henschke during Poland's first plant Culinary Academy of Viva! magazine – „Zjedz buraków”.

GRZEGORZ DEREŃ

CHEF

Has been involved in the world of gastronomy for years, on all levels of his career. Since 2006, specialist on vegetarian and vegan cuisine. With Piotrek Ważyński, creates the menu and new recipes for wegeguru.

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After finishing a gastronomy school, I stayed in the sector for good, since 2006, I have been specializing in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. I come from a family which has been attached to the land, for generations. I translate my knowledge of fruit and vegetables to my own understanding of taste, which then finds its way to the plates at wegeguru. The list of my proprietary recipes includes pickles, one of them Jerusalem artichoke, which I cultivate and prepare. As I'm aware that what I cook has a direct influence on others, I am happy to participate in the creation of a place that will emanate positive energy, where I will be sharing my experience and positive attitude to life”.

ŁUKASZ SEKUŁA

COOK/MANAGER

Psychologist who traveled to Cambodia to bring the centuries-old secret recipe for the hit of wegeguru - our own curry paste - along with full awareness that cooking is his destiny. Currently, also manager at wegeguru.

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„Since I was a child, cooking has been my great love and passion, inspired by my parents. At home, we often cooked together, which gave us great joy. Having graduated from the studies, I decided to become involved in cooking for good and do what I love - cook. In 2016, I went to Cambodia to look for inspiration, new flavours, new colours and unconventional ideas for new dishes. Half a year later, after a short talk with Grzegorz Dereń and Piotrek Ważyński, I came back to Poland and joined the wege-team at Marszałkowska 28.

IGA CZUBAK

SOUS-CHEF

Fascinated by the plant-based cuisine and its healing powers, Iga started studies on nutrition and diet consulting. Exploring the arcana of diet-therapy, supports the team of wegeguru.

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„I am a neurocognitivist by education, a cook by profession, and a traveller by passion. Whenever I'm free, I travel - so far, I have visited Iceland, Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand. Most impressive was the cuisine of South-East Asia, that's why most of my culinary inspirations come from there. In my free time I like to take my dog for walks in the forest and bake sourdough bread”.

Piotr Skalski

SOUS-CHEF

Although he programs and makes 3D graphics at night, he finds it hard to stop cooking. He has been a fulfilled cook for 13 years.

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„I have graduated from two gastronomy schools, and about 10 years ago I met Piotr Ważyński, and became acquainted with vegan cooking. Since then, I've been trying to develop myself in that direction, though I took a break for a year to produce solar panels (I'm happy that wegeguru uses them too). But when I learnt about the chance to work with people like Grześ Dereń and Piotr Ważyński, I thought this was certainly going to be interesting, and decided to join the team, whose part I still am today.

OLGA CZUBAK

COOK

Studies animal psychology and finds fulfilment in the kitchen, turning traditional Polish recipes vegan. She is the one to thank for wegeguru's mango curry.

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„I spent the last few years of my life travelling and working in Canada, USA, Mexico, New Zealand, and Asia. I also did voluntary work at an elephant sanctuary and a dog kennel in Thailand, and a farm for animals saved from breeding farms in New Zealand. I found my place at wegeguru, where I'm happy to work as a cook."

Marcin Piniak

COOK

Vege-cook and journalist writing about the many dimensions of food. Studies the Dietetics of Traditional Chinese Medicine

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„I am interested in the story of human passion and the creative aspect of life. The original taste of our being. That is what I look for in cooking and in journalism. Sharp knife, sharp tongue - I like that. Apart from helping in the kitchen, I also write our blog where we present the backstage of wegeguru's cooking"

ZUZA RZYMANEK

COOK

The passion for cooking took her through Thailand and Indonesia to Melbourne, where she cooked under the guidance of experienced chefs. Specializes in vegan cheeses, which you can taste at wegeguru. Teamed up with her sister to start the 'Wege Siostry' workshop.

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„I have been a vegetarian for over 10 years, and meat-free diet was the beginning of my culinary experiments. My passion for cooking became so strong that I abandoned my career in TV production and embarked on a life's journey whose leitmotif were the flavours of the world. During almost two years I watched the masters of Thai, Burman and Indonesian cuisines, and became enthralled by the aesthetics and philosophy of Japanese cooking. In the last year of travelling I worked in restaurants in Melbourne, Australia's culinary capital, and from there my path took me to wegeguru, where I would like to share my passion for cooking".

SERHII BOIKO

COOK

For two years has been living in Warsaw and finding fulfilment as a cook, constantly exploring the secrets of the plant world. Author of the vegan salmon on our menu. "I was born 972 kilometres from Warsaw, in Uman, Ukraine.

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I learnt to cook from my grandpa (dedushka), and I gained culinary experience in Kiev, where I worked as a cook for eight years. What else? I’m interested in graffiti and enjoy cycling, also in the city. I’m a big fan of Leo Tolstoy’s books”.

MARTA GREFKA

CONFECTIONER

Our sweet sorceress, literally and metaphorically. As she says: I love what I do, so it's clear she puts her heart and joy in the making of cakes and desserts, while keeping them delicious and healthy.

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„I have a background in psychology, and I call myself a confectionery-bowl. I enjoy playing with flavours, colours and shapes. For over 2 years, I was a confectioner at Vege Miasto, where my sister and I provided Christmas and Easter catering services. For a couple of years, I also worked in handicraft, and taught workshops on felting. When I'm free, I meditate and practise ashtanga-yoga. I'm taking part in the wegeguru project, because it's created with passion, by people and for people.”

ANIA GREFKA

DESSERT SPECIALIST

Experiments using chocolate and caramel are her favourite. She loves baking muffins and cookies. Besides, she is a specialist on make-up and mehendi.

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„I developed my passion for confectionery-making under the watchful eye of my sister Marta, and wegeguru is a great opportunity to develop and create something exceptional. I am a make-up artist and beautician by profession. I also study English philology and practise ashtanga-yoga. I love sewing, making bags from recycled materials, and creating mehendi".

Piotr Podkóliński

BAR AND FRONT OF THE HOUSE MANAGER

Specialises in alternative methods of brewing coffee and proprietary beverage recipes. Thanks to him wegeguru is a place where excellent desserts are accompanied by exquisite beverages.

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"I'm a fan of good coffee, wine and veganism. I try to reflect my experience (Vege MIASTO, Healthy, Faktoria Win) and passion in the beverages served to the friends and guests of wegeguru - as best as I can”.

DOMINIKA RADŁOWSKA

BARISTA/BARMAID

Studied rehabilitation at the University of Warsaw. In gastronomy for 5 years. Loves the smell of freshly-ground coffee, and alternative coffees, addicted to aeropress.

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"Cooking has been my thing since I was little, but these were the recipes of Jadłonomia that made me fall in love with vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Besides, baking cakes for my friends gives me a better humour, and every Christmas I turn into a machine for mass production of ginger breads. I'm a fan of sci-fi and phantasy literature - my favourite author is Neil Gaiman, but I also have a soft spot for Latin American literature. In my free time I look for old books about herbs and systematically educate myself. I also devote a lot of time to spiritual life - I try to meditate every day, preferably surrounded by the fragrance of incense and sage".

MICHAŁ KICIŃSKI

OWNER

Owner, co-creator of CD Projekt (authors of "Witcher” - the game). It is thanks to him that we are creating a place orientated towards healthy tastes inspired by the East.

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„I'd like the world to be a better, friendlier place. It will be so, when many people get involved in positive actions. I'm now supporting such actions as an investor - I'm helping others to make their dreams come true and change the world to the better".

ILONA PAWLUK

MENTOR

From the very start of the process of the restaurant's creation has been supporting the project with all her heart, providing advice and sharing experience. She believes that in accordance with the rule "you are what you eat", and through its energy, it makes us all better people. She is a vegetarian.

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„I love to serve the world and I want to make it an even better, friendlier and safer place. Hence my long years of involvement in global social actions (e.g. „Stand Up and Take Action” - program against global poverty, and „Nie siedź, posadź drzewo”/"Don't just sit there, plant a tree"). At work, I provide individual psychological consulting, and for over 25 years I have been teaching classes on breathing yoga to children, youths and adults. I'm interested in Ayurveda and healthy, natural, plant-based food".

Hanna Halek

PR MANAGER

Puts all her heart in taking care of wegeguru's image. Invites extraordinary people and organizes discussions, e.g. about veganism. Works also for "Zwierciadło" magazine, where she conducts interviews, preferably over a plate of good food at wegeguru.

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"Years ago, when switching to vegetarian diet, I wouldn't have dreamt I'd find a place so consistent with my way of thinking about the world. I feel great in the world of plants and of people involved in the fight for the wellbeing of animals. I'm glad that wegeguru's team's efforts are symbiotic and synergic, as far as these subjects are concerned. I'm dreaming of wegeguru opening also in Stockholm".

Katarzyna Błażejewska - Stuhr

CLINICAL DIETICIAN AND PSYCHODIETICIAN

author. Believes that food should be a source of health and pleasure. To her patients, she proposes diets based on seasonal, local and natural products.

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Author of books, including: "Jak zamieszać w swoim życiu czyli KOKTAJLE dla zdrowia i urody"/"How to mix your life: COCKTAILS for health and beauty. Mother of Staś and Tadzio, wife of Maciej Stuhr, actor. More at www.kachblazejewska.pl

KASIA MAŁYSZKA

JUICE MASTER

Has been involved in vegetarian cooking and gastronomy for years. Author of wegeguru's proprietary cocktail and juice ideas, including the pear/parsley, and rocket recipes.

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"Earlier, I worked at Green Way and Green Peas ‒ Eco Bar & Coffee. At wegeguru, I'm responsible for making cocktails not just tasty, but also healthy. I like good literature, for example Stephen King. I'm a big fan of "Game of Thrones" and "Vikings".

SANDRA POŁUJAŃSKA

JUICE MASTER

Holder of a Master Degree in Human Nutrition. At wegeguru responsible for making juices and cocktails - always fresh, always healthy, and always uber-tasty.

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„I have a positive attitude to life, so I smile a lot. I've been dancing breakdance for 10 years, and practising yoga for three. I spend my free moments on writing a facebook blog 'VegeBuddhi' devoted to plant-based diet.

Marietta Kokoszka

CHIEF DELICACY DISPENSER

Fascinated by human anatomy, natural dietetics, herbal treatments, and Chinese medicine. As delicacy dispenser, makes our guests' plates most beautiful in the world.

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„A poza tym? Studiowałam fizjoterapię. Kocham pełne żagle, góry, Mazury, słońce i wiatr. Moje dietetyczne pasje można znaleźć również na fanpage’u Tu kokoszka dziobała.” „What else? I studied physiotherapy. I love full sails, the mountains, Masurian lakes, the sun and wind. My passion for diets can also be explored on the fanpage 'Tu kokoszka dziobała'.”

KATARZYNA BAŁA

DELICACY DISPENSER

Has a background in microbiology. For a couple of years worked in the laboratories of the Polish Academy of Sciences (molecular biology, genetics, microbiology)

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„For 5 years, I have been interested in the principle of healthy eating and natural lifestyle. At wegeguru, I prepare the dishes to be served, which allows me to combine the sense of aesthetics of a painter with the speed of a fencer, and improve both. I like silence, simplicity, peace and quiet. I adore Pink Floyd. Recently, I've become a fan of traditional archery”.

BARTEK LESIAK

DELICACY DISPENSER

Enthusiast of vegan cuisine which never stops to surprise him and increases his awareness of new tones and new flavour notes. Involved in gastronomy, as he himself says, for a couple of long years".

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„I'm a fan (or fanatic) of good food, looking for flavours and colours on the plate. Ultimate sophistication and depth, to put it simply - art. I'm a sociologist - observer of the space, phenomena and trends, committed to promoting plant-based cooking. After hours I'm also a kids' hockey coach at Legia Warszawa. My passions are travels and music - in my free time, I play the bass.

VALIANTSINA KRASOWSKA

KITCHEN SUPPORT

Big lover of the Eastern cuisine, careful of every detail of her hands' work. She believes in the motto: "The world is always on my side".

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„I've lived in Poland for over 20 years, I know the language very well. I also have excellent knowledge of the culinary habits of this part of the world - I like them. I take care of the home, and when I have a free moment, I like to relax with my husband, under a warm blanket, watching a good romantic movie.

SZYMON KĘDZIORA

KITCHEN SUPPORT

On a meat-free diet for 5 years. Has worked in our restaurant for almost a year, exploring the vegan cuisine backstage, and specializing in kombucha, of which he is a big fan.

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„I've existed as Szymek for almost 31 earthly years. My passions include music, mainly ethnic music, working with the breath and plants, and exploring the dimensions of the mystery of life. I've recently started practising sudarshan kriya yoga. Big bless!”.

Michał Głagowski

KITCHEN SUPPORT

After finishing a gastronomy school, he worked in different places but that's because, as he says, wegeguru didn't exist back then.

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„I love to bring joy to people, by serving them good food. I'm still learning to cook, and wegeguru is a great place for development. Working in a vegan kitchen is something that reflects myself because I rely on the principle called "ahimsa" which stands for not harming. This is my motto."

Mariusz Kępka

KITCHEN SUPPORT

Has been working in our restaurant for a couple of months, exploring and experiencing the arcana of its healthy cooking. With success.

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„In addition to being part of wegeguru, I'm a founder of Gy Dziung Norbu, organization which provides help to the homeless and other people in need - every Saturday my friends and I cook and distribute meals for them in the centre of Warsaw.”

ŁUKASZ KOPAŁA

KITCHEN SUPPORT

His family have lived in Warsaw for generations - his being the fifth. He loves the city and the fact that it has places like wegeguru makes him very happy.

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„Cooking has been my big love for eight years - it has taught me a lot about health. The thing I love about the kitchen is that every day I learn something new, this aspect never changes. I also have other 'loves of my life' - love of music, and love of languages - all languages. I believe the latter defines me as a person, at least a bit. Wegeguru's dishes have a positive impact on all areas of my life.

SEBASTIAN GAJEWSKI

KITCHEN SUPPORT

He started his gastronomy adventure on the last year of his studies, working as a waiter. Thanks to that experience, despite getting the physiotherapist diploma, he decided to continue exploring the secrets of the culinary sector, also on other positions.

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„In the meantime, I became a vegetarian, which was a specific return to the roots, because in the initial years of my life I didn't eat meat and had a vivid interest in plant-based cooking. The reborn passion took me to wegeguru, where I can share it with others while still developing in this direction".

Jagoda Przybysz

FRONT-OF-THE-HOUSE MANAGER

Studied film, but is planning a future in vegan gastronomy, which makes us glad. Charismatic, sensual and competent - knows the answers to many questions, not just the ones about our menu.

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„Working at wegeguru, I can get the necessary experience while supporting animals and the environment. I studied film for some time and I'm interested in the cinema, especially the works of Andrzej Kondratiuk and Wes Anderson.

KATARZYNA BIŃKOWSKA

WAITRESS

Sets the table as if with a magic wand. Studied environmental protection and now studies environmental management.

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„Considering my interests, it's great to work in a pro-ecological place, with a team who care about the environment. After hours I devote time to my passions - the Tatra mountains and snowboard".

EWELINA HUTMAN

WAITRESS

Always smiling and full of energy. Graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Rzeszów. At wegeguru, responsible for making sure that the motto: "Come hungry, leave happy" is true every time.

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"As a person with a positive attitude to life, in my free time I keep looking for life inspirations. I'm full of curiosity, love to explore new flavours, particularly ones I didn't know before. Soon I'm starting a make-up course, because outside wegeguru I'm involved in make-up art and marketing".

MAJA GÓRAL

WAITRESS

A vegetarian, one of the most positive people in our team. Smiling, attentive, modest, and joyful. Always positive.

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„After hours I meet my friends, besides, I often work as a model - I like to have make-up applied. I used to go skateboarding, now I replaced the board with a bike. I love walking and finding new, preferably wild, secret places, whose names I don't reveal to anybody. I'll put it this way: in my life, there is no place for boredom.”.

Monika Sierota

WAITRESS

In love with gastronomy since she was a child - she learnt to cook from her mum. At wegeguru works as a waitress and assists the marketing department, for instance taking pictures at meetings with authors.

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„Working at wegeguru made me stop to eat meat. I love to improvise in the kitchen and prepare dishes whose recipes only I know later. In my free time, I like to climb: Giewont, Rysy, Tarnica, Babia Góra – I have already been there."

PIOTR PAJDZIK

WAITER

Has a background in IT. Has worked in our restaurant from its beginnings. In addition to waiting at tables, he takes care of all our plants, which fits with his empathetic nature. Bless him.

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“Wegeguru is the first vegan place where I've worked, which inspired me to change my eating habits - I pay more attention to what I eat, and I'm seeing positive changes. After hours I like to dance hakken, listen to uptempo music, I sometimes paint with watercolours (mainly abstractions), and play the ukulele.

MARCIN PAJDZIK

WAITER

Our own one-person Monty Python. A young guy with a timeless sense of humour, who makes the world laugh.

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„I graduated from the Technical School of Gastronomy in Jelenia Góra, so wegeguru feels like home. I play with music - play the bass, do a bit of drawing - which also reflects my interests in veganism, because I usually draw nature. I think I'm a positive person in general".

MARCEL DYNGOSZ

WAITER

His favourite thing about wegeguru is that he meets amazing people every day, they inspire and surprise him. Working with him, we are convinced this rule works both ways.

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„Actually, one could write a book about this, so... I'm Marcel. I love music: I play the didgeridoo, the frame drum, and Jew's harp. I like to watch cats, look at the trees and smell moss. From time to time, I sew something. And I find the smell of the forest soothing."