Hungarian crepe maker Borisz Egri is a world away from his former high-flying career – but he wouldn’t have it any other way.
The 29-year-old, who lists supplying pure-bred puppies to the rich and famous and translating for the Mercedes Benz car company in his colourful career, has recently moved from New York to Queenstown to start up Balaton Crepes with partner Anita Hever (both pictured).
It’s a move Egri has no regrets about – the couple want to raise a family here and become active community members.
Based in Brecon Street near the Bungy Trampoline – which they also manage – Balaton Crepes targets tourists looking for “high-quality food for a cheap price”.
His crepes are a blend of French and traditional Hungarian recipes, with sweet and savoury fillings – including his “signature” hangover crepe.
But Egri’s just as focused on winning locals over – their product appeals to families and kids, he says.
He’s working with Wakatipu High to create student artwork for the area and wants to erect a rail for snowboarders and skiers to use over winter.
“We are committed to staying here and becoming real Kiwis. We are really trying to stand for the community,” Egri says.