The idea was born in 2007 when International Olympic Committee voted the city of Sochi for 2014 Winter Olympic Games.


At 2015, year after the Olympic Games, the Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers of Russia established an expert group for the study of the Black Sea coastal countries typical cuisines.


The research conducted in 2016-2017 has revealed that not a single country in the Black Sea basin features in a top-30…50 of the world’s best Cuisines ratings.

Moreover, research in Bulgaria, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine has showed that Black Sea Cuisine as a name is well know for majority of consumers, but respondents were unable to say exactly which dishes and products its included and what its essential characteristics.

Even more, every coastal country has its own Black Sea cuisines inside the National cuisine – like, for example, Turkish Black Sea cuisine, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Russian, etc.

Only international cooperation and consolidation of efforts around a concept of one Common Black Sea Cuisine Brand can provide key to economical success for the area overall.

We clearly define our aim as recreating the ethnic cuisines of the different Black Sea Coasts into one common Black Sea Cuisine and Brand it.

To achieve the status of a distinct and accomplished category, Black Sea Cuisine was needed to be reconfigured in the consumers’ minds and in framework documents.


Thus, in 2017 we conduct the Black Sea Cuisine Development and Promotion Program whose primary step was focused on creating a Common Database of dishes and products typical for Black Sea coastal line and inland areas along the shore.

At the international level, the Black Sea Cuisine Development and Promotion Program was introduced at Gastronomist Forum in Istanbul on September 23, 2017. This date we consider as Black Sea Cuisine Brand Birth Day.


For the implementation of the Program The Black Sea Cuisine International Transcoastal Executive Committee was established at 2018 with representative offices in Bulgaria, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Thanks to the support of Permanent International Secretariat of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation we accelerated the creation of Common Database.


The research, which had been completed on March 2020, provided Common Database with more than 650 items covering the Coastal areas of Bulgaria, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Romania.

It would be impossible for consumers to recognize and remember hundreds of items collated within the Database. The Brand should include no more than limited number of dishes and regional products.

Our Branding strategy is focused not on collecting a broad list of dishes, but on a careful marketing selection of a few ones which has a chance for international success.

At 2020 we set up Black Sea Cuisine International Cluster in order to include in our Program implementation interested restaurants, food and wine retailers, hotels, farms, food producers, cooking equipment producers, fishing enterprises, bakers and cheese makers, wineries, logistics and trade companies, educational and training institutions, tour operators, airline companies, car manufacturers and rent-a car companies, cruise companies,  etc.

Cluster membership is open for any interested stakeholders not only from Black Sea Coastal countries but from any other states.

If you share our philosophy and objectives we would be glad to see you in our team which include our representatives of Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at office@blackseacuisine.world

2020 … 2025 …