Theodore Kyriakou – The Chef who Changed the Image of Greek Food

(www.minpress.gr) Athens-born Chef Theodore Kyriakou has changed the image of a Greece’s food  in the UK. In 1999 Kyriakou opened  in London the Real Greek, a restaurant specialising in the kind of food his mother used to make: by recreating many of the dishes he remembered, he introduced authentic Greek cuisine to a new audience, showning that Greek food can be fresh and vibrant, not oily and third-rate. Deciding to try something new, Kyriakou sold his restaurant business and chartered a sailing boat to take friends on a  tour of the Aegean. The result is a new book of his recipes, A Culinary Voyage Around the Greek Islands, all cooked and photographed on board. He admits that many of his dishes are not traditionally Greek: “My mother wouldn’t recognise them.” But they do feature Greek ingredients cooked in a Greek style: without fuss. “Our food is simple. When you have stunning tomatoes, great olive oil, lovely feta, what more do you need?” 
 Theodore Kyriakou: Greek voyage to vibrancy (Telegraph.co.uk, 13.06.2008)  
 The best Greek island tavernas (Times Online, 09.06.2008)

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“Mamma Mia” in Greece and in Poland

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  London’s Leicester Square had something of the Aegean Sea’s flair on the night of “Mamma Mia”’s world premiere yesterday. A blue carpet instead of a red one so as to remind fans of the colours of the Aegean, a small chapel surrounded by typical Greek flowers, as well as sounds by famous ABBA songs was the setting of yesterday’s premiere. “Mamma mia” the movie, starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth was filmed on the Greek islands of the Aegean, Skopelos and Skiathos of the  in 2007. Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson are the producers. The premiere is set for tomorrow July 3. In Warsaw the projection is set for the end of August.  Mammia Mia, The Movie: www.mammamiamovie.com