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The finest cuisine in Greece

From five-star food to the not-so-humble taverna, high-end cuisine in Greece means the freshest Mediterranean produce combined with the culinary magic of a new generation of inventive chefs
By Denis Ponkratov
From five-star food to the not-so-humble taverna, high-end cuisine in Greece means the freshest Mediterranean produce combined with the culinary magic of a new generation of inventive chefs
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Greece is an agricultural nation where premium products are everyday cooking ingredients. So it’s not surprising that modern Greek cooking is a constantly evolving affair, every year taking authentic Mediterranean cuisine to new levels. 

The many stars and accolades awarded to the restaurants in Athens and around the country are a result of the joy that Greek people place in the eating experience. 

For Greeks, high-end food doesn’t just mean five-star culinary cuisine, but inventiveness, curiosity and attention to detail of talented chefs creating new masterpieces as well as adapting traditional recipes.

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And, above all, respecting the freshest ingredients, many with a protected designation of origin (PDO), sourced locally.

In Athens, there are many restaurants with Michelin stars, as there are elsewhere on the mainland and islands – particularly Santorini, Halkidiki and Mykonos!

The not-so-humble taverna

But perhaps the most precious culinary secrets in Greece aren’t hidden in high-end restaurants. They are also found in traditional tavernas in small fishing villages or in the mountain village of Greece – many of which operate without a menu, taking their inspiration from the day’s fresh ingredients. 

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They offer authentic Mediterranean fare, made with pure and organic produce. Dishes are prepared with eggs and cheese from a nearby farm, vegetables grown in their own gardens and freshly-caught fish brought by the fishermen at dawn and then paired with wine from the local vineyard. How many Michelin stars would you give for that!

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