Aikaterini Gonidaki_South Aegean

Aikaterini Gonidaki

South Aegean, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2019

“My dream is to open a restaurant with comfort, healthy, affordable but delicious food for everyone. Food from our land and sea. Food from the South Aegean!” 

Aikaterini Gonidaki is the young chef who represented South Aegean, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2019 at the European Young Chef Award 2022.

26 years old, Aikaterini comes from a traditional fishermen family from Patmos, in the Dodecanese. Since she was a child, she has always admired her mother and grandmother cooking and tried to help them so that she could learn how to cook herself.

Aikaterini has recently finished her cooking studies at Anko Academy and started working at Blue Lagoon Resort in Kos. “I feel so lucky because I do the job I love. Basically, I do not even consider it as a job, it is an art, and I am part of it” she claims.

“Cooking in Greece is a ritual. A ritual whose ultimate goal is to please our family, friends and customers. The most important thing to me is to make people forget about their problems while eating my food and make them smile. That’s majestic!”

“Participating in the European Young Chef Award is a dream come true for me, as I never thought I could achieve this goal of mine. I am very excited about the opportunity to get an international jury to taste my food, my memories, my Apocalypse of the Aegean!”