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Delta Restaurant Team

The creative team of Michelin Stars Delta Restaurant, Thanos Feskos, Giorgos Papazaxarias and Jana Cechova was featured in the November issue of "Gastronomos" magazine "100 favorite suggestions for 24 hours".  This post is not about food photography.  Is a creative portraiture process dedicated to the people that give the best of their shelves every day to explore, to experiment, to satisfy their creative nature and their guests, tasting new gastronomic experiences. Special thanks to the three members of the team and gastronomos magazine, for giving us the chance to share our time creatively through the medium of portrait photography.

 


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Cover for Oinoxoos Magazine

The photography for December cover of Oinochoos magazine is dedicated to the variety of Xinomavro and the tasting from the 40 years old greek labels to the new ones.

What does a 50-year-old Xinomavro taste like? Oinochoos magazine December 2023, travel to Naoussa. Meets the 22 winemakers of the zone and learn everything about Xinomavro in the place where it was born. Dedicates 40 pages to the top greek red variety, with reports and tests on labels of each style. The two Masters of Wine and the Master Sommelier guide a tasting that has never been done before with labels since 1974 until today.

What are the ten best Greek whites wines you should try at least once in your life? Oenologists, sommeliers and journalists test, compare and recommend 160 labels for festive tables and in winter, from whites and reds up to 20 euros, to the most Value For Money on the market. We set the festive table with French and Spanish. Young oenologists taste the new natural wines, while our partners recommend everything from Limnio to Pinot Noir, oranges, whites and rosés that love the cold.

The December Issue comes this with "Kathimerini", more enjoyable than ever with 208 pages dedicated to wine and spirits.

 

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Gastronomos November 2023 Cover

in the November issue of "Gastronomos" 100 favorite suggestions for all 24 hours. A city guide full of suggestions and food photography that glorifies Athens and its haunts!

What do we eat for breakfast? Where can we find the best cheesecake? Is it worth traveling all the way to Nea Ionia just to taste a penirli?

Which tavern has the best cabbage rolls? Which chic restaurants do we like to go out to and where would we give our stars?

What are our bar-shelters? And where will we find to eat in the first morning hours?

In this issue we celebrate Athens and its beautiful corners. The timeless and favorite haunts. We say a "well done" and a "thank you" to the people of the restaurant who do their work with passion and consistency and outline the physiognomy of our city. The dna of her taste.

 

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Tudor Hall Michelin Star Food photography

I felt so happy when I informed that Tudor Hall, the crown jewel of King George Hotel, has won its first Michelin star! Congratulations to the entire team, to our visionary Executive Chef Asterios Koustoudis and the talented Chef de Cuisine Nikos Leivadias.!
The happiness first comes from the appreciation for the team as chefs and personalities. I see their work from close the last years and really they deserved this title . Another fact that made me happy is that the latest food photography I photographed for the Tudor Hall magazine accompanied the participation for the Michelin Star competition. It is great honor to see my food photography work being featured as main picture on the Greek Michelin Star guide. It is an honor to visualize a high level menu that won a place in the high end gastronomy competition of Michelin stars.
Congratulations to all the Grand Bretagne staff for their great work and warm thanks for their trust.

From The Michelin Guide 

Tudor Hall A newly-selected restaurant that astounded the Guide’s famously anonymous inspectors; directly earning it its first MICHELIN Star!. This elegant eatery, located atop the King George Hotel and affording breathtaking vistas, offers high-quality, contemporary cooking orchestrated by chef Asterios Koustoudis.

On the 7th Floor of King George, the Tudor Hall Restaurant offers the finest and most elegant Contemporary Cuisine. The décor prevailing at Tudor Hall mirrors the decoration of the King George - an environment of elegance and comfort. The outdoor area offers a breathtaking view of Athens, the ancient city so rich in history it echoes through the modern day identity. Spectate the fabled Acropolis and regal Syntagma Square with views that capture the essence of the ancients in the historic city center.  At Tudor Hall, dishes of Contemporary Cuisine are enhanced by the exquisite accompaniment of the finest Greek & International wines.

 

 

 

 

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Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Chosen by the Best

In this photography campaign I had a specific brief to follow, that combines portrait, architecture and food photography with the bootle of Laurent Perrier included. The photoshoot took place in Herve Restaurant in Athens which is the chosen one from Laurent Perrier. The campaign will use the photos online, in video edit social post and prints.
Enjoy the fresh red fruit notes of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé at Herve restaurant. A unique dining experience: bold, innovative, colorful, stimulating, and progressive.
Herve restaurant is a modern restaurant, doesn’t fit into a category of cuisine but is influenced by many international cuisines. featuring an open kitchen and a hugely popular bar; which takes its name from its French chef, Hervé Pronzato. The Executive Chef & Co-Owner Hervé Pronzato is a passionate chef born and raised in Paris whose reputation precedes him. Having worked among top-level high-end hotels & restaurants in Greece and abroad is now returning to his beloved city, Athens, to present his take on modern gastronomy. Laurent Perrier perfectly pairs with the fresh red fruits notes of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé.

 

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Athens’ Grande Bretagne & King George FNL Awards

In the portrait photography campaign for the Athenian hotels Grande Bretagne & King George photographs presents the awarded crew of the hotels that received four distinctions at this year’s FNL Best Restaurant Awards, recognizing their unique culinary offerings.
The FNL Best Restaurant Awards, now in its 6th edition in 2023, are determined by a committee consisting of FNL experts and distinguished gastronomy critics.
This annual gastronomy event is organized by FNL Guide, also known as The Food & Leisure Guide.

In the pictures with the Acropolis on the background, except the group portrait photo, also is included the awarded Asterios Koustoudis, the Executive Chef of Hotels Grande Bretagne & King George, was presented with the coveted Chef of the Year accolade. This award acknowledges his exceptional talent and significant contribution to Greece’s culinary scene.
Furthermore, Michalis Ladas, the maître of Tudor Hall restaurant, was honored as the Restaurant Manager of the Year. This special award recognizes Ladas for his remarkable contribution to Athens’ catering history and his illustrious 35-year career in renowned establishments.
Additionally, GB Roof Garden Restaurant and Tudor Hall Restaurant garnered FNL stars for their culinary excellence.
Under the guidance of Chef de Cuisine Nikos Liokas, GB Roof Garden Restaurant received one star for its exceptional Modern International Cuisine.
Meanwhile, Tudor Hall Restaurant, led by Chef de Cuisine Nikos Leivadias, maintained its prestigious two stars in the International Fine Dining caAtegory for yet another year.

These honors exemplify the hotels’ dedication to promoting Greek gastronomy to a diverse, international audience and solidify their position as leaders in the catering sector.
Hotel Grande Bretagne & King George are owned by Lampsa Hellenic Hotels S.A, a subsidiary company of the Laskaridis Group.
They are managed by Marriott International, Inc., a global hospitality company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
Marriott operates and franchises hotels worldwide, offering the highly acclaimed travel program, Marriott Bonvoy™, boasting 141 million members globally.

 

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Ioanna Tsilili for Oinochoos Magazine

Portrait photoshoot of the wine maker and artist, Ioanna Tsilili for Oinochoos Magazine. Ioanna Tsilili is a chemical Engineer, Winemaker, Master Distiller and cinema addict . Founder of @tsililisterres. 

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TAVERNA for Gastronomos Magazine

In this photo story about Taverna for Gastronomos magazine, I shared my angle of view and my respect to all these people who in daily basis keep alive the living history of the greek culture. In all these little spaces, mostly away from the crowd,
humanity and real contact have the first role. The philoxeny and the devotion of the owners, make these spaces ataxic and creates a space in where different people could connect, share their personalities and create culture.

 

"We enter the 42 oldest haunts of Athens and the countryside of Attica and talk to the people who for decades have held the reins of famous family shops that have written their own history in Athenian gastronomy.

From “Athinaikon” and “Lelouda” to “Oikonomou” and “Diporto”, the historical Athenian taverns that from being haunts of the popular strata became a favorite culinary destination of all social classes.

We select and collect the famous recipes from the most famous taverns of Athens and the surrounding area and present them in detail, with their secrets and the selected ingredients that established them: the fried meatballs of “Katsogiannos”, the yuvetsi of “Kitsoula”, the kakavia of ” Pezoula”, the rooster with thick macaroni of “Rhamnouda”, the bekri meze of “Vardi”. 40 iconic recipes immortal and timeless over the decades.

We learn the history of the tavern, from ancient Athens to the present day and gather in a glossary the old and new terms associated with the tavern and its culture.

We met people of letters and art in historic taverns and let them explain to us through their own experiences and reflections the meaning and essence of the tavern. Pantelis Voulgaris, “Deipnosophist” Christos Zouraris and Christos Chomenidis discuss and reflect on famous dishes of the Greek tavern and George Pittas gives his valuable advice to young tavern owners, through experience as well as his long-term study of history of the tavern.

How much did the Athenian tavern influence literature and music? Papadiamantis, Polemis, Karyotakis, Tsirkas were inspired by the popular atmosphere of the tavern and transferred it to their works, while theories and existential anxieties unfolded on its tables from the companies of Seferis, Papagiorgis, Papanoutsou. But the tavern also left its indelible mark in the popular song that praised it and captured its atmosphere like no other genre.

The tavern in art: Painters and photographers from Hatzikyriakos-Ghikas and Topazis to Manousakis, Craxton and Zavicianos each captured with their art and their eyes the warmth of the tavern and transferred it entirely to their canvas and film . Along with them is the self-taught popular painter Giorgos Savvakis, who with his blinding colors decorated over 40 taverns in Plaka with his murals, vividly capturing their aesthetics and patrons".

 

 

 

 

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Costa Navarino Resort food photography

In this food photography for Costa Navarino Hotel in Greece, main object is the recipes with Navarino Icons products. You may not be able to pack the Messinian sun, sea or landscape into your suitcase, but you can certainly take some of its wonderful flavors back home to treat yourself to a Messinian meal. With more than 50 international distinctions so far, the Navarino Icons line of select products from local producers provides you with the ingredients and the inspiration to adopt a healthy lifestyle with all the Mediterranean diet benefits, while indulging in the delicious flavors of Greek food.

I live in a country with a great food culture, that produce a great variety with unique quality of raw ingredients. Many different tastes and cuisines, from one end of Greece to the other, give a rich culture, a polymorphic taste in such a small country.
Food is such an important part of vacations and food photography of every hotel or resort should bring this quality to the viewer. Costa Navarino is a unique combination of beautiful geography, friendly weather, local products. Because of all that has become one of the most known destinations for family vacations worldwide, ideal place to rest body and mind.

In this set, breakfast has these qualities, made of fresh and pure ingredients from the surrounding area of Kalamata and gives to each visitor the feeling of hospitality one needs to relax and feel joy. This year Greece was named 6th Best Country to visit worldwide and 3rd Friendliest in Europe  following  Condé Nast Traveler’s 2022 lists.  The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino and the The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino is one of the best resorts and hotels in Greece.

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Nana Hotels food photography

For this food photography mission I have visited the Island of Crete and the well known 5* Nana Hotels. Crete is one of the most important gastronomic destinations in Greece and in global level, with a unique diversity of natural beauty. A place that one can have the experience to taste the pure and healthy mediterranean diet.

Nana Princess resort offers a supreme 5* experience of hospitality and VIP services, with a generous selection of 102 immaculately designed suites and villas.

It has been an honor for me to create a sort of photos, designing food photography for the delicious dining experience of Nana Hotels made by the hand of the Michelin star awarded chef, Lefteris Lazarou.  The Hotel menu serves an exciting selection of local, Mediterranean and International dishes. Carpe Diem Restaurant is the heart and soul of the resort, inviting guests to relish delectable mouth-watering dishes in exquisite surroundings. In this food photography session I had include the design of a huge Buffet Breakfast which includes local, fresh and colorful ingredients, in front of the great hotel view of Aegean big blue sea.

At the pool restaurant the food photography includes pictures from a selection of delicious lunch dishes. As the evening descends, an à la carte menu treats diners to a taste sensation with exquisite dishes. Mouthwatering meat cuts and a variety of delectable fresh pasta are specially prepared; inspired by delicious local cuisine, aromatic Mediterranean flavours and innovative international trends.

The amazing Eternal Blue restaurant which sits on the waterfront, next to the lapping waves of the Nana Princess private beach, gave a great backdrop for close up pictures of dishes with great evening colors. Pictures of fresh fish and seafood as well as colorful sushi selection prepared and served with true passion. It was food photography and dining experience that will remain unforgettable, with creations that seducing all the senses. I truly suggest this very special location. Enjoy the pictures.

 

 

 

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