Mate Janković was born on 29.3.1978. in Rijeka. He graduated the catering school for cook in Opatija in 1995. He worked in top restaurants in Croatia, including Plavi Podrum, Amfora, Vila Ariston and Bevanda. He went to Bermuda where he worked for Fairmont hotels for 8 years. As a Fairmont scholar at Bermuda College he completed hotel management in 2008. From 2011 to the present he has been involved in the media business, doing Masterchef Croatia, 321 Kuhaj and Kuhan i Pečen. In 2011, he became a guide to Anthony Bourdain’s in No Reservations: Croatian Coast. From 2014 to 2017, he was the trademark face of the Lidl chain. He currently has a hospitality consulting firm and a Chefs Beer brand that with Dec 1st goes with distribution.