In 2020, we founded our own Raise the Bar Foundation through which we provide scholarships for training talents in gastronomy. The foundation was established in support of the objective of Raise the Bar scholarships, which is to reward motivated and top talents in gastronomy with the aim of advancing the hospitality sector in Croatia. 

Funds are paid into the foundation by Coca-Cola HBC Croatia, which initiated the project, and funds are intended exclusively for the purpose of awarding gastronomy scholarships. 

Scholarships are awarded once a year and the names of the winners will be published in a timely manner on the official website of the Raise the Bar project.

Raise the Bar scholarship winner

Nikolina Putica received a scholarship for culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu.
“Coming to the Le Cordon Bleu academy and later doing my internship in Neolokal with Maksut Aksar was an important opportunity for my development since I had the chance to learn from the best. Winning this scholarship has shown me that hard work pays off. To all the young people with the ambition and desire to learn I would advise to apply as the scholarship can open new doors in their professional lives and help strengthen our gastro scene.”

Raise the Bar Scholarship winner

Tibor Valinčić received a scholarship for restaurant management at Intrecci Alta Formazione Academy.
“To all those who are reading this, particularly those for whom cooking is their life’s calling, continue doing what you love because especially now every moment of happiness is important and work is one of the more important generators of our happiness. Raise the Bar scholarships open many doors and opportunities, so whoever has the opportunity should apply!”

Raise the Bar Scholarship winner

Marina Levak received a scholarship for confectionery at Ecole Nationale superieure de patissierie – Ducasse & Thuries.
“Nothing goes away overnight and everything requires patience. I’ve always been a dreamer, so I want to tell all those interested in the Raise the Bar scholarship program to dare to dream. Although many things seems impossible or unrealizable at first, you should believe in yourself and be patient. Don’t hesitate to apply, simply do it because fortune favors the brave.”