For 19 consecutive years the team of Athinorama magazine has been awarding the best restaurants of our country with the culinary awards “Toques d’or”. Everybody is aware of these prestigious awards but only few know what has led up to them during the 12 months preceding the competition.
The whole operation takes place in the entire country, and the judges are looking for restaurants with a vibrant culinary culture that want to express their gastronomy to the whole of Greece. Mr. Dionisis Koukis, in charge of Athinorama’s jury and his collegues work hard in order to hand us the only reliable culinary awards in Greece.
There were thirteen restaurants that were awarded with a “Golden Chef’s hat” award, and 28 that received the “Greek cuisine” award.
This year’s Athinorama awards took place in Grand Bretagne Hotel where the widely respected chef Sotiris Evangelou cooked for the magazine’s grand reception to honor the chefs awarded. All dishes were including Greek traditional quality products.
The mayor of Athens, Mr. George Kaminis handed over the top award (rated 17/20) to Mr. Apostolos Trastelis and his restaurant, “Spondi” , which unanimously is the most elegant place to eat in Athens. “Spondi” has been receiving the highest rate in the awards for as long as I can remember.
What was well noted this year is that Mykonian restaurants received Athinorama’s awards for the very first time. Mykonos is now closely following Santorini, which has been offering creative gastronomy for many years now. Hotel Bill & Coo’s Restaurant and its Head Chef, Athinagoras Kostakos, received a Greek Cuisine Award.
“Lady Finger Restaurant” at Andronikos Hotel, Mykonos, also achieved a Greek Cuisine Award. Their great head chef, Giorgos Venieris, and his amazing team chefs, Sifis Manouselis and Dimitris Aidinis were thrilled.
So, all of you planning to visit Mykonos this summer, don’t hesitate to stop by and taste some delicious dishes.
Dishes shot at Spondi restaurant by (and courtesy of) Andreas Dimogiannis.