|Meet our Talented Hungarian Chef Ilona Szabo. My
mother Helen Czégény, 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.
Helen'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".
Helen'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
At the tender age of six, Helen 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. 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 and
talented imported French Chefs.
This illustrious training is evident in Helen's
Hungarian Heritage Recipes cookbook.
|What a honour for Ilona to be able to cook alongside a
celebrated chef as Lindsay Vandekamp from Liaison
Culinary School in Hamilton
|No ordinary cookbook - 75 years in the making!
|Helen's Life Story was
published online at
|Most Hungarians refer to my mother Helen Czegeny as
Chef Ilona Szabo (her professional maiden name) LINK HERE
|Meet Our Wonderful, Talented and World Famous
Hungarian CHEF HELEN CZÉGÉNY
|These highly guarded secret recipes that have been
passed down through generations of the combined
Szabo, Czégény, Deak and Zajacs families, are now
revealed. Chef Helen is a gifted Chef/Pâtissière who
perfected the fine details of Hungarian Cuisine
during her formal Chef Training in Hungary.
Chef Clara Czegeny
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