Deaf Entrepreneurs

Igor Sapega

What, Where? All Entrepreneurs
Sweden
Food & Drink

From his Facebook page:

"One of Sweden's most talented chefs, born in 1990.

Igor Sapega provides a handy touch and unwavering passion for creating food with soul and mastered his craft, a unique rising star on the world's gourmet heaven in the truest sense.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia. At 2 years of age was Sapega severely hearing-impaired. His mother took him to Sweden. Growing up in a Swedish households led Igor's early love of cooking and culminated at the prestigious Culinary Art at Peder Skrivare school in Varberg.

When Sapega was 17, he got his first job as a chef in Texas, USA. He returned home and received tremendous attention. He got a job as commis-chef at Best Western where he was appointed as a culinary student.

After graduation Sapega stepping up to Stockholm, where he continued to hone his skills. In autumn 2010, Sapega got request by Neil Ponsonby with an interest in the work of the “Ekens Bar & Dining Room” at the Hilton Hotel in Stockholm. An extensive period of time where he got the chance to work with some of the world's most acclaimed chefs. Meanwhile his chef career began to flourish.

Sapega accepted a work at Kvarnen Restaurant, at the Swedish classic Stockholm area Södermalm, where his modern food deserved the attention of the Stockholm-people.

After wiggled himself into one of the worlds best restaurant, the exclusive Guide Michelin f12 kitchen with renowned chefs Melker Andersson and Danyel Couet at Brasserie Le Rouge in the heart of the old town of Stockholm. The restaurant is modeled after a 17th century style Parisian brasserie with a classic French menu.

Sapega got his dream work as executive chef when he was 23 years old. But it was a bold menu. He stepped up to the challenge, to create a class with innovative and vibrant contemporary cuisine with full use of taste, sight, color and smell to a higher level of gastronomy. This was Sapegas crafts on the way to the top, and not the lower class, he was hardworking chef with passionate love for experimentation.

2014, the year brought a new success, Swedish culinary team got in touch with the desire to train a prospective Swedish Chef star with tongue in cheek delivered a good host during the historic first World Cup Chef for the deaf in Copenhagen, Denmark. Igor Sapega took third place and drew the most attention over the Nordic with his neat razor sharp technique in the kitchen.

Since then Sapega works at Frantzén and has own food company in Stockholm. Thanks to a public kitchen, guests can get a glimpse of the chef in action, working with his culinary magic.

Inspiring probably Sapega still go in the same footsteps to professional kitchen cuisine with a menu that seamlessly fused Italy's "San Pellegrino" World youngest talented Chef 2015. Igor Sapega made it to the semifinals March 1 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thanks to his own childhood with own interpretations of international cuisine."

  • Participant Deaf Enterprise Workshop (IT)

    "It has been amazing, I am really satisfied because I have learned so much during these days and I think I have looked into myself and found very interesting insight which will be useful for my life. I believe this is the same as all other participants feel."

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "Keep an open attitude; co-operate with other Deaf business people. Use 'we' instead of 'I'."

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "Perseverance and guts! Develop resilience to deal with adversity as this will help you get stronger and believe in your business."

  • Clark Denmark (Trainer at the UCLan workshop)

    " Therefore, without Deaf role models being here it would be difficult for many Deaf participants to imagine and believe in what they could achieve."

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "You can do anything if you put your mind to it. Your deafness does not define your business skills. You are thinking with your brain, not your ears."

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "Talk to other business owners, ask them about their successes and their failures. Don't be scared to ask for help. You do not need to do it by yourself."

  • Participant Deaf Enterprise Workshop (IT)

    "The Deaf Enterprise workshop has been incredible: each one of us worked intensively on understanding the way to take to achieve our dreams; each one of us was able to express their doubts regarding talents and difficulties we might encounter.(..) Each one of us was able to contribute so as to find the key to unlock our personal journey and fulfil our dreams."

  • Jakob Gade (DK)

    "The best way to create more jobs for deaf people? More businesses run by deaf entrepreneurs!"

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "I only will say: Go on! Use help from everybody, both from government and in your network. A lot of people are helpful with sharing informations and so on."

  • Clark Denmark (Trainer at the UCLan workshop)

    "The workshop was extremely worthwhile; especially when one considers there has been nothing of its type in the UK before."

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "Most of all, be passionate! Know and love your subject well!"

  • Clark Denmark (Trainer at UCLan workshop)

    "In the past Deaf people have had to travel many miles to find a course which is then predominantly hearing people and hearing led. This has made participation and involvement very problematic for Deaf people who have said comments such as: “I didn’t understand what the trainer was saying.” Also, “I found it difficult to mix with others in the group.”

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "Keep fighting, don’t give up!"

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "Asking Feedback is important. Then I look back and ask different people about their experiences. What is going well? What can be done better? I often hear new things and I learn. That helps your company improve."

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "Try it, nothing to lose."

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Making mistakes is okay and you learn most from this. Don't afraid to ask for help if something is wrong."

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "I will only say: Go on! Use help from everybody, both from government and in your network. A lot of people are helpful by sharing information and so on."

  • Ramon Woolfe (Trainer at the UCLan workshop)

    "The level of quality engagement was so great that we often would not have enough time in the day to discuss all the points the participants wanted to discuss and would often spill over into our tea break or lunchtime to continue the discussions.

    All of which shows how great the need is by Sign language users to have this direct dialogue in their own language."

  • Ramon Woolfe (Trainer at the UCLan workshop)

    "There are plenty of opportunities for Deaf people to set up their own business not just in the traditional areas of teaching sign language and interpreting services but also in all areas of the economy from retail, to service industries such as restaurants, leisure such as a gym.

    I really would like to see more Deaf entrepreneurs showing that they can do it.

  • Participant Deaf Enterprise workshop (IT)

    "It is now no longer matter of dreaming: we have discovered we have so many ideas it is a matter of putting them into practice! This workshop was an important opportunity, with many useful presentations and group discussions. I hope this same opportunity can be given to deaf individuals in other cities in Italy."

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Making mistakes is okay and you learn most from this. Don't afraid to ask for help if it's something wrong."

  • Deaf Enterprise Survey

    "Go for it. Follow your dream. Keep persisting and ask lots of questions. Don’t give up. Seek advice from friends, family and look outside the box."

  • Ramon Woolfe (Trainer at the UCLan workshop)

    "By the end of the workshop they all displayed a renewed confidence to be able to go home and act upon their aim of setting up their business idea."

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