Did You Know...
- The first cookbook was written by the Greek food gourmet, Archestratos, in
330 B.C., which suggests that cooking has always been of importance in the
- Modern chefs owe the tradition of their tall, white chef's hat to the
Greeks. In the middle ages, monastic brothers who prepared food in the Greek
Orthodox monasteries wore tall white hats to distinguish them in their work from
the regular monks, who wore large black hats.
- To a large degree, vegetarian
cuisine can be traced to foods and recipes which originated in Greece.
- Many ingredients used in modern Greek cooking were unknown in the country
until the middle ages. These include the potato, tomato, spinach, bananas, and
others which came to Greece after the discovery of the Americas – their origin.
Greek food is simple and elegant, with flavours subtle to robust, textures
smooth to crunchy, fresh and timeless, nutritious and healthy. Preparing and
enjoying Greek food, anywhere in the world, is an adventurous journey into the
cradle of civilization and the land of the Gods of Olympus. Discovering,
tasting, experiencing Greek food: truly one of the joys we can all share.