Vaska Vukmanovic

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Homebase:
Sydney, Australia is what I’ve called home for three years now. I’m originally from Belgrade, Serbia, lived in New York in between. But long story short, I like to think home is wherever there is a toothbrush and a hair dryer.

Unsettled destination:
Buenos Aires

What do you do for work?
I manage restaurants that specialise in Asian cuisines: Japanese and Chinese contemporary fusion. It’s a completely different dinning experience. Everything is family style, the flavours are new and unexpected. I’m blessed to be able to work with some of the most talented chefs and hospitality professionals at the Rockpool Dining Group.

What are you most passionate about?
The service part of my job. Being able to make someone else’s night is such a humbling feeling. Fusions, especially Asian, are not straight forward flavors; they are fairly complex. I get a lot of customers who don’t feel very experimental when it comes to food. I love educating and opening this whole new world of flavors to anyone who’s willing to try. I also have a bartending background so anything alcohol related is interesting to me. If you want to know how saké is made; the difference between bourbon and scotch; where vodka is really from; or how to pair beer with your meal… I’m your girl.

Reason for joining Unsettled?
We all get stuck in a rut. Even though my job is not 9-5, things do tend to get repetitive. And I’m bit of an extremist when it comes to work, so I couldn’t just take a weekend off, I had to go half way across the world, all the way to Buenos Aires. And it’s been one of the best experiences of my life. Unsettled brings together the most amazing and different group of people. I’m learning things I never knew existed and have so much appreciation for their lifestyle. It takes a lot of strength and courage to live Unsettled.

What does being Unsettled mean to you?
Living Unsettled to me means following your heart – oh that was cheesy! But honestly, if you’re not happy with any aspect of your life: work, place you live in, people, surroundings – then change it. Don’t give in to the comfort of familiar. That’s not where happiness is.

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