December 3rd, 2011 Athens, Greece

Georgianna Hiliadaki and Nikos Roussos

Chefs Georgianna Hiliadaki and Nikos Roussos were born and raised in Athens. Coming from different backgrounds and studies, Georgianna studied European Studies at Reading University in England and Nikos Economics at Deree College of Greece, they met in cooking school ‘The Institute of Culinary Education’, in Manhattan New York, where they both studied and graduated with honors in the degree of Culinary Arts.

Both Roussos and Hiliadaki ascended the culinary ladder by working at prestigious restaurants not only in Greece but all over the world, including the famous El Bulli in Spain with Ferran Adria.

In 2007, the two chefs along with partner Argyro Chiliadaki set up Funky Gourmet Company introducing in Greece the idea of private cheffing, i.e. private gourmet dining at home. Funky Gourmet Private Cheffing received great attention almost immediately and soon they transformed Funky Gourmet into a Restaurant which opened in Keramikos, in the heart of the ancient centre of Athens.

Funky Gourmet Restaurant from its first year of opening was awarded with ‘Gold Cup 2010’ from Athinorama Magazine and was nominated by Gourmet Magazine as the Best New Restaurant in Greece that same year.

This year, Funky Gourmet has been awarded again with a ‘Gold Cup 2011’ ascending to the second best restaurant in Athens and third in Greece. At the same time, chefs Roussos and Hiliadaki were nominated by Gourmet Magazine as Chefs of the Year 2011.

Chefs Roussos and Hiliadaki have gradually received worldwide recognition in the foodies’ circles as being very innovative and transforming a gourmet experience into an emotional and playful experience. They have appeared in TV shows, and they have been featured in many magazines not only in Greece but also in France, Singapore, Ukraine, Great Britain and Australia.

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