Host: Fotini

Athens, Greece

USD
$32-$68 per person

Traditional Greek Island Recipes

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Street food tour

Meet Fotini

Fotini is an economist, MBA lecturer, writer and independent journalist. She started cooking and experimenting with recipes when she was a university student in Thessaloniki. She loves cooking authentic Greek cuisine from the islands, with Cycladic dishes being her favorite.

Fotini has traveled around the world, studying, working and traveling for fun. In addition to her passion for cooking, she also loves reading, gardening and classical music. Fotini loves to host and meet people and is passionate about sharing dishes from continental Greece and the Greek islands with her guests. As Fotini says, meals in Greece are a way to celebrate with guests over great discussion and music. She loves meeting people from all around the world and when she travels she makes it a point to taste the local cuisine. This passion for cooking and traveling has made her a collector and she has over 100 cookbooks in her collection.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Fotini lives with her husband and their beloved dog in an antique and plant filled apartment in southern Athens. Fotini's husband, originally from the beautiful island of Corfu, is also a good cook, and they will both welcome you into their home. While you sip a welcome drink, Fotini will tell you about traditional Greek cuisine, considered one of the healthiest diets in the world owing to heavy use of vegetables, Greek olive oil and cheeses.

Gather with Fotini at the dining table to share a selection of traditional dishes from Asia Minor such as melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant salad), keftedakia (meatballs with potatoes), pastitsio (baked pasta dish that contains ground beef and béchamel sauce), strapatsada (scrambled eggs with tomatoes onion and peppers) or the famous Greek moussaka (baked eggplant with ground beef and bechamel sauce). For vegetarians or guests who are interested in something very different, Fotini can cook for you recipes of Greek Orthodox monks, which includes dishes like spicy eggplant baked with cheese.

Cooking experience: (1-2 guests) Join Fotini in her kitchen to cook an authentic Greek meal that you will later eat together. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about one to two hours. You will learn how to make traditional Greek dishes from the islands, which might include tomato keftedes (tomato balls, a traditional recipe from Santorini), fava (unlike Western "fava beans", "fava" in Greece refers to a delicious yellow split peas puree, a traditional dish from Santorini), froutalia (a traditional omelette from Tinos island), ladenia (Greek pizza, a traditional dish from Kimolos island), revithada (chickpeas cooked in the oven, a traditional dish from Sifnos island) or sofrito (veal casserole with spices, a traditional dish from Corfu island).

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Soutzoukakia with trachana or spicy aubergines with basil, garlic and cheese in the oven, an orthodox Greek monk's recipe)
  • Smoked melitzanosalata, smoked eggplant salad, a specialty dish from Minor Asia)
  • Greek salad with lettuce and greens in a fig vinegar, honey and extra virgin olive oil dressing

Traveler reviews

Fotini's food is what you expect to eat on a Sunday "family get-together" lunch. Very yummy and has that mouth-savouring quality and comfort. It could be your mother or grandmother in that kitchen cooking your favourite dish. - Traveling Spoon Ambassador Kallia

It was a great experience. Fotini our host was gracious, well read and very cultured. The food we cooked with her was delicious and so fun to make. I would definitely do it again! One of my favorite experiences in Athens! - Ameera

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Fotini

$32-$68 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Exact pricing depends on experience and will be shown before booking

Meet Fotini

Fotini is an economist, MBA lecturer, writer and independent journalist. She started cooking and experimenting with recipes when she was a university student in Thessaloniki. She loves cooking authentic Greek cuisine from the islands, with Cycladic dishes being her favorite.

Fotini has traveled around the world, studying, working and traveling for fun. In addition to her passion for cooking, she also loves reading, gardening and classical music. Fotini loves to host and meet people and is passionate about sharing dishes from continental Greece and the Greek islands with her guests. As Fotini says, meals in Greece are a way to celebrate with guests over great discussion and music. She loves meeting people from all around the world and when she travels she makes it a point to taste the local cuisine. This passion for cooking and traveling has made her a collector and she has over 100 cookbooks in her collection.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Fotini lives with her husband and their beloved dog in an antique and plant filled apartment in southern Athens. Fotini's husband, originally from the beautiful island of Corfu, is also a good cook, and they will both welcome you into their home. While you sip a welcome drink, Fotini will tell you about traditional Greek cuisine, considered one of the healthiest diets in the world owing to heavy use of vegetables, Greek olive oil and cheeses.

Gather with Fotini at the dining table to share a selection of traditional dishes from Asia Minor such as melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant salad), keftedakia (meatballs with potatoes), pastitsio (baked pasta dish that contains ground beef and béchamel sauce), strapatsada (scrambled eggs with tomatoes onion and peppers) or the famous Greek moussaka (baked eggplant with ground beef and bechamel sauce). For vegetarians or guests who are interested in something very different, Fotini can cook for you recipes of Greek Orthodox monks, which includes dishes like spicy eggplant baked with cheese.

Cooking experience: (1-2 guests) Join Fotini in her kitchen to cook an authentic Greek meal that you will later eat together. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about one to two hours. You will learn how to make traditional Greek dishes from the islands, which might include tomato keftedes (tomato balls, a traditional recipe from Santorini), fava (unlike Western "fava beans", "fava" in Greece refers to a delicious yellow split peas puree, a traditional dish from Santorini), froutalia (a traditional omelette from Tinos island), ladenia (Greek pizza, a traditional dish from Kimolos island), revithada (chickpeas cooked in the oven, a traditional dish from Sifnos island) or sofrito (veal casserole with spices, a traditional dish from Corfu island).

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Soutzoukakia with trachana or spicy aubergines with basil, garlic and cheese in the oven, an orthodox Greek monk's recipe)
  • Smoked melitzanosalata, smoked eggplant salad, a specialty dish from Minor Asia)
  • Greek salad with lettuce and greens in a fig vinegar, honey and extra virgin olive oil dressing

Traveler reviews

Fotini's food is what you expect to eat on a Sunday "family get-together" lunch. Very yummy and has that mouth-savouring quality and comfort. It could be your mother or grandmother in that kitchen cooking your favourite dish. - Traveling Spoon Ambassador Kallia

It was a great experience. Fotini our host was gracious, well read and very cultured. The food we cooked with her was delicious and so fun to make. I would definitely do it again! One of my favorite experiences in Athens! - Ameera

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $48 Not offered
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:30pm-3:30pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Host Contact
  • You can message your host directly once you've made your booking
  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation