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Greek Chefs Abroad vol 2

Gikas Xenakis 9th July 2022 at Pearl, Elix

Gikas is Head Chef at Aleria Restaurant, where his celebrated Modern Greek cuisine has established it as one of the best in the Greek capital. From Thiva in Central Greece, his cuisine is influenced by his rural childhood and his mother’s home cooking. After graduating Le Monde Culinary School he worked at leading avant-garde restaurants in Greece and further afield. As Head Chef at Aleria his creations perfectly capture the Greek culinary traditions and the diversity of the Greek countryside.

Marianna Leivaditaki 24th July 2022 at Apaggio, Nido

Marianna was Head Chef at Moro before starting up Morito in London’s uber-trendy Hackney. Raised in Crete, by her fisherman father and Scottish mother, her happy childhood revolved around the family’s seafood restaurant. Moving to the UK, she developed her unique style of cooking that embraces traditional flavours from Crete and influences from the Eastern Mediterranean. A skilled storyteller, in her cookbook Aegean, she weaves an enveloping portrait of life on her home island, which is simple but simultaneously rich, and presents its cuisine through a personal lens.

John Skotidas 25th August 2022 at Apaggio, Nido & 28th August 2022 at Pearl, Elix

A Greek-South American most recently Executive Chef for restaurants MAZI and SUZI TROS in Notting Hill, and Mazi Abu Dhabi. John’s is not the classic culinary success story. Influenced by a childhood spent in Panama and his Asian mother, his style incorporates elements of both to create modern Greek cuisine with an inspiring twist. John cultivated his passion for cooking at the renowned Le Monde institute in Athens and was the winner of the TE MANA LAMB competition 2018. He is the founder of EggRun London soon to be found at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire.

Asimakis Chaniotis 3rd September 2022 with Gikas Xenakis at Pearl, Elix

Originating from Kefalonia but born and raised in Athens, a city full of history and art, Asimakis was very interested and involved in street art and whilst his interest for food started to become a dream of a career, art really inspired him and helped him develop as a young commis and chef in the kitchens he worked in around the world. As Executive chef at one of the best restaurants in London, Pied a Terre, he was awarded his first Michelin star in 2018 at the age of 28 and was the first Greek to be ever awarded a Michelin star out of his country and the youngest one in London. In 2019 Asimakis launched a new concept called Chef’s table by Asimakis at Pied a Terre where he personally cooks in front of 8 guests a surprise menu that can include 16-22 courses depending on ingredients and seasonality.

Yiannis Kioroglou 10th September 2022 at Celeste, MarBella

Yannis is Executive Chef at La Guérite Restaurant, one of the leading restaurants in Cannes. Having honed his craft in his native Athens at first when he was doing his military service, he established his reputation at Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe and his cooking reflects his experience of Greek, French, Spanish and Italian cuisine. He transformed La Guérite as a culinary destination before working his magic on sister restaurants across the globe including La Guerite St Barth, Shellona St Barth, Victoria Paris, Anna Paris and La Petite Maison Cannes.


Sister property to Nido (and equally stylish), MarBella is on the shores of Agios Ioannis Peristeron, on the island’s south-east and a half an hour drive from Corfu Town. Landscaped gardens are set on the edge of the Ionian Sea, the hotel has its own beach and water park, and there are no fewer than 10 restaurants and bars to work through.

Red (online) on MarBella

A heavenly ocean-side retreat, with possibly the most beautiful views in Greece: If you possibly can, fly into Corfu, then take the hotel’s boat across the ocean to your final stop. You’ll feel entirely reset and ready to holiday by the time you arrive, having passed countless secret sandy shores, caves and inlets on your way, sea salt amassing to shimmer in your hair. Elix’s reception is then like a sort of celestial spa, with barn-high ceilings and windows that frame the infinity view, and even a soothing spa-like scent to cascade over your senses.

Conde Nast Traveller on Elix

A five star Ionian hideaway with A list appeal: Elix is a five-star hideaway in a six-star location. Blended unobtrusively into the densely wooded slopes above the brochure-worthy Karavostasi beach, this eco-conscious hive of pools, stone, wood and olive-tinted concrete offers low-key luxury amid sage-scented gardens and nature’s wild splendour.

The Times on Elix

If you are after a restorative coastal retreat, book a room at Nido Suite Hotel on the southeast coast of Corfu—it’s adults only (for guaranteed peace and quiet) and situated on a tree-clad hillside that slopes down to the idyllic beach. All suites benefit from the dreamy views of the twinkling Ionian sea, but, if you want total privacy, book the Junior Suite with its own pool.

Vanity Fair on Nido
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