Greek Cooking Odyssey
Poros Island, Argo Saronic Region
About the location: The ancient Greeks were among the first to discover the benefits of adding herbs and spices to their food. This process was used not only to enhance the tastes, but also provided medicinal benefits. Greek food is still a unique mix of fresh, seasonal ingredients and a generous blend of herbs and spices such as thyme, rosemary and oregano, which grow all over Greece. Greece is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and has one of the largest coastal areas of any country in Europe, and for this reason fish is an integral part of Greek cuisine. Fresh seasonal vegetables are also a significant element in traditional Greek cooking. And Greek food would not be Greek without the olive oil, as olives are grown and olive oil produced in many parts of Greece.
Your base for this very special cooking holiday experience is the Odyssey Centre (or similar), which are large private maisonette-style residences; each residence has air conditioning, a private terrace, two ensuite bathrooms, and is located next to the Odyssey cooking school facilities where your cooking courses will take place. The Odyssey Centre offers numerous other activities such as sailing, sea kayaking or cycling.
Alternate accommodations are available at the 4-star Sirene Blue, where rooms come with a balcony so that you can enjoy the stunning views of the Saronic Gulf as well as the oasis of pine trees that surround the hotel property. The hotel also features two swimming pools, a tennis court, and a private beach with a beach bar, among many other luxurious amenities.
About the cooking lessons: Katerina is a professional chef and is the owner of the Odyssey Centre. She was born in Poros, is passionate about cooking, and is interested and knowledgeable in the historical roots of traditional Greek cooking. She specializes in both traditional and modern Greek cooking, and her skills have become very sought after; when she is not giving lessons in Poros, she also provides lessons in Greek cooking and Greek language throughout other parts of Europe.
Your culinary vacation in Greece will be very friendly and personal. Each course will be limited to a maximum of 8 guests, and each week will also include a special Greek cultural excursion, which will vary according to the local calendar of events. Participants will have fun while experiencing real Greek culture, cooking and delicious food—all during this unique cooking school vacation on a beautiful, unspoilt Greek Island!