"I was born and raised in Halkida, the capital city of the island of Evia, in Greece, surrounded by sea and mountains and a large extended family. When I was little, we had chickens and geese and I do not remember a time when there was not an octopus hanging on my mother’s clothesline to dry in the sun, caught by my papou, my dad’s dad.
I was raised, spoiled I guess, by my maternal grandmother who taught me the alphabet through food, on her knee, while clean picking through a pile of wild greens gathered by her that very day, signing ‘h’ for ‘horta’ with her fingers and letting me know…
My history and memories are built on the experiences I have shared at the table with my entire family and have transcended through my personal journey, beyond my greekness, beyond the Mediterranean, across the ocean.
I did not embark as a trained chef, that came later. I had an academic background, though yearned for more and it was always my dream to open my own place, a space to give me license to cook, create, discover, learn and above all share. Cooking is but a ritual that becomes me. It is that feeling of creation that surpasses its purpose when it is shared by loved ones and nothing brings people together like a shared table.
May you all come and share in this experience at greekdoor. Welcome."
Matina - Founder & Head Chef