St. Petersburg

Interview with Vladimir Schepilov

04 Oct 2018
Interview with Vladimir Schepilov, head chef of Gastronomika and Shana restaurants.

- Tell us, why did you choose to become a chef?
- I ended up in the kitchen thanks to my mom who worked as a chef in a restaurant in Krasnodar. At the age of 14 I got a job in a pizzeria where I first tried myself as a chef. Then I went to college and got an education as a chef, started working in various establishments in Krasnodar, moved to Moscow and ended up in St. Petersburg.
 
- At the moment you’re in charge of several culinary projects: which one is your favorite?
- I’m currently in charge of the kitchen at Shana and Gastronomica but I can’t say which one is my favorite. They’re all important, beloved and interesting, each one has a special format, its own kitchen, atmosphere and guests.
 
- All of the restaurants in St. Petersburg have updated their menu ahead of autumn. Which seasonal dishes do you prefer and recommend?
- In Shana we update the menu on a monthly basis. We’ve already added chestnut, fig and different types of cabbage. As for Gastronomica, we update the menu every four months.
 
- St. Petersburg is often dubbed Russia’s gastronomic capital. Do you agree? Or is it Moscow?
- Maybe it’s just because I really love St. Petersburg, but I’d say that it really is Russia’s gastronomic capital. In my opinion, though, the speed of development is different in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Today, you see more and more interesting places in St. Petersburg, it’s finally starting to catch up to Moscow which has raced ahead of us.
 
- If it’s their first time in St. Petersburg, where would you recommend a tourist to go and what to try?
- You really must come and have a meal in Gastronomica, the view from here is spectacular! The menu boasts a variety of interesting and memorable dishes – there’s something for everyone. And, of course, you have to try Shana also because it’s the first St. Petersburg project of famous Italian restaurateur Uilliam Lamberti. For me it’s an absolute honor to work here. Mediterranean food here is prepared in a smart way and has its own signature style. As for other St. Petersburg restaurants, I’d absolutely visit Blinov’s establishments and also Birch.
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