“Local gastronomy is a treasure, and it only acquires value when we spread it generously from generation to generation.”
Andreas Dermatis is the young chef who represented South Aegean, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2019 at the European Young Chef Award 2021 and won 2nd prize.
Born in 1996 on Rhodes Island, Andreas has grown his passion for cooking since his early years, with his grandmother teaching him the traditional cuisine from the South Aegean and his mother preparing cakes for special occasions.
After studying at culinary school, Andreas upgraded his skills by travelling across Europe, attending several gastronomy seminars and volunteering at many food events, thus gaining a remarkable experience in the hospitality industry, despite his young age.
A tireless young chef, he is always looking for new experiences, techniques and ingredients, but with a constant eye on the traditional cooking style he learnt from his mother and grandmother.
What motivates him is the dream to open his own restaurant one day where to transmit his idea of cooking and serve local, seasonal, healthy, tasty and innovative dishes to his guests.