Greek chef winner of the European Young Chef Award 2019!

Eirini Giorgoudiou European Young Chef Award

24-year old Eirini Giorgoudiou from the island of Rhodes in Greece is the winner of the European Young Chef Award 2019 which was held on 22-24 October in her home town. “Gastronomy is a fascinating art and we need to focus on its past and present in order to imagine its future,” affirmed the young talent that represented South Aegean European Region of Gastronomy.
Eirini was born in 1994 in the family of a fisherman and a cook. After studying at culinary school, she upgraded her skills by travelling and participating in different gastronomy seminars all over the Europe, as well as volunteering in many gastronomy events. At present, she is working as a chef de partie in Esperos Village Blue & Spa, 5-star hotel in Faliraki, Rhodes Island. A non-stop working young chef always looking for new experiences, techniques and ingredients, Eirini feels also deeply connected to her roots and the traditional ways of cooking of her region, as in her opinion “taste should bring back memories of the past, while the dish should be a transportation to joy.”
Motivated by the chefs she works with, Eirini wishes to open her own restaurant one day, where her guests could experience her idea of cooking based on innovation and local, seasonal and healthy ingredients.
The second prize went to Jure Dretnik (Slovenia) and the third to Hans Kjellsson (Central Denmark Region)