Ruslan's path to culinary mastery is a tale of global exploration, it began with five dedicated years at Kazan State Technological University, where he pursued a chemistry major specializing in polymer production. Following this, a three-year stint in the USA broadened his horizons. Upon returning home, he transitioned into a prosperous role as a project manager at Fujitsu IT company, marking a significant chapter in his career journey.
In 2015, his path veered toward Italy, where he dedicated a year to mastering the culinary craft, primarily in the regions of Tuscany and Alto-Adige. His triumph in the SanPellegrino Best Young Chef competition propelled him onto the international stage, representing Russia in Milan in 2018.
Contributing to Saint-Pétersbourg’s acclaimed “Harvest” restaurant as a Sous-chef earned him recognition with the coveted 50 Best Restaurants award by SanPellegrino in 2019.
Ruslan’s culinary narrative continued with the birth of “Jela” in Odessa, Ukraine. In 2021, Ruslan and his partner unveiled “Jela” celebrating the essence of wood-fired oven cuisine paired with an extensive selection of natural wines.
A move to Geneva in 2022 led to Ruslan’s integration into the Refettorio team by 2023, where his culinary expertise converges with a noble mission of Refettorio project.