About Monika

About Monika

graduationMonika “La Hongroise” is a cook based in the Grasse region of the South of France. Originally from Budapest, after spending a few years studying, travelling and working in South Africa, Switzerland, Belgium, the USA and the UK, Monika fell in love with France while on a two-month budget holiday with her sister in 2013, and decided to come back to pursue her career in cooking a year later. Graduated in Hospitality Management & Catering at a small private school in the Cape Winelands (South Africa) in 2012, Monika takes on cooking and catering jobs in clients’ homes and secondary homes in the South of France and the Alps.


  • Hungarian
  • French
  • Alpine ‘mountain’ cuisine
  • Mediterranean (Provençale, Italian, Middle Eastern and Arabic)
  • South-East Asian


  • Wild mushroom, walnut, berry picking in nature and other seasonal ‘pick-your-own’ occasions
  • Getting to know origin-protected (AOC / DOP) products, such as cheese, meat, fruit and vegetables in their region, eg. visiting the maturing caves of the Roquefort cheese in the Midi-Pyrénées region, or a parmesan factory in Reggio-Emilia in Italy, or sampling the soft prunes of Agen
  • Shopping at local markets
  • Planting herbs and vegetables in the garden
  • Food photography and recipe testing
  • Flower arranging