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Winter Cocktails in Line Athens

In this food photography for Oinochoos magazine, the guests star Christos Klouvatos welcomes us to Line Athens bar and makes some wonderful cocktails with cognac, the spirit that is making a comeback as a base in classic and signature cocktails.
Christos is a bartender and connoisseur of good coffee, with numerous awards at international events. He recently placed fourth in the Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, a global competition focused on liquor and coffee, representing the Taf company, and is also a finalist in the World Class 2023. This season we find him behind the bar of Line, No 12 at World's Best Bars. He also oversees the cocktails and coffee at the Makris restaurant and, as a member of the Line team, also collaborates with the Delta Restaurant.

Text by Georgia Papastamou

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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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Rodi Finger Food photography

Food photography for Rodi finger food catering suggests a different way of food presentation with light finger food, drinks and live cooking with original flavors that your guests will never forget.Ideal for children parties and commercial opening events.

Video edit: Thanasis Patistas

 

 

 

 

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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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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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Periklis Koskinas

Periklis Koskinas from the age of 19 he travels non-stop "plowing" the continents in search of new experiences, different cultures in England, France, Scotland, Spain, America, Canada, Venezuela, Athens.
Through the prism of the seasonality and locality of the ingredients, the quality, the rules and the limits set by the Greek cuisine, it shaped its techniques, philosophy and course in the world of cooking.
Subtraction and moderation determine his food.
Tireless traveler and uncompromising cook. Philosophical theoretical knowledge and knowledge of the social sciences are considered essential tools for him in his profession. The images of his wanderings, the memory and the man mark his food and not the recipes. For him, cooking is the art of everyday life, it is what is left on the table, after a Sunday meal. In 2014, he opened the restaurant Cookoovaya, in the Hilton area, as a co-owner with 5 other top chefs. Cokoovaya in its fifth year, is still among the top restaurants in the country and full every day.
I had the pleasure of working with him many times and being part of his projects. His headshots portraits follows.

 

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Portrait photography of Jean Marie Hoffman, chef of the Residence of France in Greece for the French-Greek friendship issue of Kappa Magazine Kathimerini.

 


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Lefteris Lazarou for Gastronomos Magazine Christmass Cover

In this portrait photography mission for the the Christmass magazine's cover story of Gastronomos Magazine I had been travel to Hydra Island and the shots took place at the House-museum of Lazaros Koundouriotis, with the Greek chef of Varoulko Restaurant Lefteris Lazarou preparing the christmas Diner. This work was a combination of portrait and food photography. Special thanks to the chief editor: Angelos Rentoulas and the photo editor: Nasia Diamantidis for the excellent cooperation.
Styling: Alexandra Tasounidou
Assist: Panagiotis Andriopoulos

In this portrait photography mission for the the Christmass cover story of Gastronomos Magazine I had been travel to Hydra Island and the shots took place at the House-museum of Lazaros Koundouriotis, with the Greek chef of Varoulko Restaurant Lefteris Lazarou preparing the christmas Diner. This work was a combination of portrait and food photography.
In this portrait photography mission for the the Christmass cover story of Gastronomos Magazine I had been travel to Hydra Island and the shots took place at the House-museum of Lazaros Koundouriotis, with the Greek chef of Varoulko Restaurant Lefteris Lazarou preparing the christmas Diner. This work was a combination of portrait and food photography.
In this portrait photography mission for the the Christmass cover story of Gastronomos Magazine I had been travel to Hydra Island and the shots took place at the House-museum of Lazaros Koundouriotis, with the Greek chef of Varoulko Restaurant Lefteris Lazarou preparing the christmas Diner. This work was a combination of portrait and food photography.
In this portrait photography mission for the the Christmass cover story of Gastronomos Magazine I had been travel to Hydra Island and the shots took place at the House-museum of Lazaros Koundouriotis, with the Greek chef of Varoulko Restaurant Lefteris Lazarou preparing the christmas Diner. This work was a combination of portrait and food photography.

"This year, when we are stuck, when time counts twice and every minute instills new uncertainties, we need a conscious effort to recall our festive mood, to direct it from memory, even when the surrounding atmosphere weighs on us. We will help you with that - we hope. Our goal, when planning this year's "Gourmet" Christmas tribute, was to cultivate as never before the illusion of the holiday, the transcendental warmth of Christmas, through a moving descent journey into the past. A spiritual and real journey to six separate points on the map of Greece.
Four journalists, three photographers and six chefs scattered to the four corners of the Greek territory, in Xanthi, Zakynthos, Hydra, Lesvos, Syros and back to Athens, with the destination of six great mansions that opened their doors for us for the first time and the sets were made to photograph six separate holiday menus. These trips took place just before the second lockdown, in difficult conditions, with many adversities that we had to overcome. We did it, and now, in this introductory note - which is written almost at the end of the whistle, when the whole issue is ready to leave for the printing house and we are correcting the last details - you will forgive us for advancing the feeling. You have not yet turned the pages, you have not been immersed in the images and words that try - and we believe succeed - to convey the emotion, pride and affection we felt coming in contact with these great landmarks of Hellenism. Meeting them was an exercise in self-knowledge.
Walking around the spaces, climbing stairs, listening to squeaks and strange sounds, breathing air of old wet closure, we completed with our senses the stories that were told to us about each mansion by the people who welcomed us. We took pictures, seasons and whole worlds. Greek worlds that pre-existed, that clashed, that correlated or annulled each other. That fermented, that flourished, that bore ideas, art, spirit, matter and taste". Text By the chief editor of Gatronomos Magazine, Angelos Rentoulas.


A travel tribute about Cretan life, food and gastronomy for Gastronomos Magazine.

Cretan Food & Culture

A travel tribute about Cretan life, food and gastronomy culture for Gastronomos Magazine. With the travel and food editor Nena Demetriou, we crossed over Rethymno mountains, covering the cretan life through the people of small local productions, like farmers, cheese & honey makers, shepherds and many other people that in open heart, generosity and hospitality, made us feel Crete like our home. Some of the published portrait photographs and moments from this food & travel tribute is following.