|Meet our Talented Hungarian Chef Ilona Szabo
(Helen Czegeny) My mother Helen Szabo-Czegeny,
has always been my cooking idol. She made any
meal unusually delicious. Her mother's family came
from the small town of Nyíregyháza, in Northern
Hungary, where Slovak cooking traditions have
blended into everyday meals of Hungarian families.
Ilona Szabo's Hungarian Cooking is an outward
demonstration of her passion for delicious foods
and her love for entertaining with her gift of
hospitality truly shining in her everyday life. I
remember while growing up, we had more dinner
guests than travellers through New York's Grand
Central Station (or so at least we thought).
We wondered: didn't anyone eat at home anymore?
They just couldn't get enough of her warm
personality, generousity and amazing cooking when
it came to sitting down and "breaking bread".
Ilona Szabo's combination and choice of ingredients
for her Hungarian Recipes are always in perfect
balance and harmony. Never too much or too little,
but always the right amount of carefully chosen
spices and condiments.
At the tender age of six, Ilona Szabo already
demonstrated her fondness of cooking. She
prepared paprika chicken with dumplings for her
mother, father and two siblings. By thirteen, she
started fulfilling her passion in a formal way and
spent time at her great aunt's chef's professional
cooking school where many young girls were
brought to tears learning this stern woman's ways of
the Old Style Hungarian cooking. Chef Aunt Borbala
married a high court judge and enjoyed all the
pleasures of an upper middle Hungarian family. She
was accustomed to eating meals prepared by some
of the most celebrated, talented imported French
This celebrated and illustrious training is evident in
Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes TM cookbook.
|What a honour for Chef Ilona Szabo (Helen Czegeny) to be
able to cook alongside a celebrated chef as Lindsay
Vandekamp from Liaison Culinary School in
cookbook - 76
years in the
|Meet Our Wonderful, Talented and World Famous
Hungarian CHEF ILONA SZABO (CZEGENY)
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Chef Clara Czegeny
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