Host: Chef George

Athens, Greece

USD
$112-$118 per person

Private culinary experience at Yoleni's, Athens' premier gourmet delicatessen

Host offerings
  • Cooking studio
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Chef George

Chef George Panagiotis is a young, talented chef who at the age of 17, informed his parents he wanted to be a chef. They were flabbergasted, as he had never cooked a dish of his own, not even an egg. His father subsequently taught him how to cook an egg and he proceeded to go to a French-style culinary school. There he learned the fundamentals of cooking and restaurant management. He has expanded his knowledge further by studying food marketing and then food chemistry and nutrition technology. He has been working in the restaurant industry for 8 years, cooking Mediterranean dishes. Many of his traditional Greek style dishes are inspired by his grandmother and he loves to share his infectious love of cooking with his guests at Yoleni's.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-12 guests) Your Greek menu will include dishes such as Cretan dako (Greek-style bruschetta topped with tomatoes, olive oil and oregano), baked orzo with tomato, onion and beef, Chef George's grandmother's stuffed tomatoes and peppers served with roasted potatoes, garlic and oregano, and for dessert creamy Greek yoghurt mousse with thyme-infused Greek honey and pistachios.

The menu can easily be customized to your tastes or dietary preferences. Just ask!

Cooking experience: (2-12 guests) Head to the cooking studio to learn how to prepare authentic Greek recipes from scratch. In your 3-hour cooking class you will learn how to make 4 dishes, from main dishes to sides to dessert.

Market visit: (2-12 guests) Yoleni’s 7-level flagship store in Athens is dedicated to authentic Greek delicacies sourced from small-scale producers. Yoleni’s is a must-see destination for any discerning foodie visiting Athens. The delicatessen caters to locals and tourists alike, with a full range of Greek goods (over 800 products are stocked) from donkey milk to mastic liqueur as well as beautiful postcards filled with traditional Greek herb and spice mixes. Chef George will show you around Yoleni's, introducing you to Greek speciality products and ingredients.

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.
  • Dakos (Greek salad)
  • Stuffed tomatoes and peppers
  • Beef with tomato sauce and ouzo
  • Greek yogurt topped with herb-scented honey
  • Greek wine or beer
  • After-dinner drink

Traveler reviews

Chef George was both knowledgeable and passionate not only about Greek cuisine, but Greek culture as well. It was one of the highlights of our trip. - Jared November 02, 2017

The cooking experience with George was both delightful and delectable. Through tales of his prior restaurant experience, his parents’ and his grandmother’s cooking, George educated and entertained us. Despite his professional chef attire, we felt as if we were with a fellow food-loving friend, as he put us at ease with his friendly, easy-going manner. The dishes were delicious and taught in a way that makes it easy to replicate at home. George mentioned that he tailors the amount of interaction, how many cooking tips and how much additional background he includes according to his client’s interest level. - Annie and Kyle, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

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Chef George

$112-$118 USD

per person
100%
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  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance

Meet Chef George

Chef George Panagiotis is a young, talented chef who at the age of 17, informed his parents he wanted to be a chef. They were flabbergasted, as he had never cooked a dish of his own, not even an egg. His father subsequently taught him how to cook an egg and he proceeded to go to a French-style culinary school. There he learned the fundamentals of cooking and restaurant management. He has expanded his knowledge further by studying food marketing and then food chemistry and nutrition technology. He has been working in the restaurant industry for 8 years, cooking Mediterranean dishes. Many of his traditional Greek style dishes are inspired by his grandmother and he loves to share his infectious love of cooking with his guests at Yoleni's.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-12 guests) Your Greek menu will include dishes such as Cretan dako (Greek-style bruschetta topped with tomatoes, olive oil and oregano), baked orzo with tomato, onion and beef, Chef George's grandmother's stuffed tomatoes and peppers served with roasted potatoes, garlic and oregano, and for dessert creamy Greek yoghurt mousse with thyme-infused Greek honey and pistachios.

The menu can easily be customized to your tastes or dietary preferences. Just ask!

Cooking experience: (2-12 guests) Head to the cooking studio to learn how to prepare authentic Greek recipes from scratch. In your 3-hour cooking class you will learn how to make 4 dishes, from main dishes to sides to dessert.

Market visit: (2-12 guests) Yoleni’s 7-level flagship store in Athens is dedicated to authentic Greek delicacies sourced from small-scale producers. Yoleni’s is a must-see destination for any discerning foodie visiting Athens. The delicatessen caters to locals and tourists alike, with a full range of Greek goods (over 800 products are stocked) from donkey milk to mastic liqueur as well as beautiful postcards filled with traditional Greek herb and spice mixes. Chef George will show you around Yoleni's, introducing you to Greek speciality products and ingredients.

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.
  • Dakos (Greek salad)
  • Stuffed tomatoes and peppers
  • Beef with tomato sauce and ouzo
  • Greek yogurt topped with herb-scented honey
  • Greek wine or beer
  • After-dinner drink

Traveler reviews

Chef George was both knowledgeable and passionate not only about Greek cuisine, but Greek culture as well. It was one of the highlights of our trip. - Jared November 02, 2017

The cooking experience with George was both delightful and delectable. Through tales of his prior restaurant experience, his parents’ and his grandmother’s cooking, George educated and entertained us. Despite his professional chef attire, we felt as if we were with a fellow food-loving friend, as he put us at ease with his friendly, easy-going manner. The dishes were delicious and taught in a way that makes it easy to replicate at home. George mentioned that he tailors the amount of interaction, how many cooking tips and how much additional background he includes according to his client’s interest level. - Annie and Kyle, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $118 $112
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
4:00pm-8:00pm
Host Contact
  • You can message your host directly once you've made your booking
  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation