Sandor Varga was born in the middle of World War II in Budapest. After the war, food was a number one priority, and he was interested in learning all he could about the culinary world. In 1959, he graduated with a culinary degree and was already apprenticing at the Pest-Buda Catering Company. By 1990, he had worked his way up the culinary ladder, acquiring the Master Chef title by 1973, and winning three gold medals at the Olympia in Frankfurt, and two gold medals at the World Cup in Luxembourg. In 1993, he joined the Hotel Gellert in Budapest as executive chef.
In 1995, he was appointed executive chef of the Matthias Cellar Restaurant in the City Panzio Matyas, Budapest. In the fall of 1997, the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape Chef Varga there, for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the World television series.