The MarBella Collection has announced the launch of its inaugural ‘Greek Chefs Abroad: A Culinary Series’, a selection of pop-up tasting dinners hosted by renowned Greek chefs.

Taking place at the adults-only MarBella Nido, Corfu, and the brand new MarBella Elix, in the Parga region of mainland Greece, chefs will return from all over Europe to work their magic in the hotels’ kitchens.

Diners will be treated to authentic Greek and Mediterranean tasting menus with an international twist. Taking place from July through to September, the chef series will include 2019 UK MasterChef winner Irini Tzortzoglou and international celebrity chef Yiannis Kioroglou, both of whom will be showcasing their home country for the culinary destination that it is.

The MarBella Collection is launching its first ever culinary series this summer in celebration of the brand opening all three properties: MarBella Nido, MarBella Elix and MarBella Corfu. The culinary series will take place at MarBella Nido’s all day dining restaurant San Giovanni, which provides al fresco dining and panoramic views of the Ionian Sea, and MarBella Elix’s new fine dining Mediterranean restaurant, Pearl.

The series will also include gourmet dinners with the MarBella Collection’s renowned resident chefs, Alexandros Kapsokavadis and Christos Alamanos. Originally from Corfu, Kapsokavadis has worked all across Austria, France and the UK before taking on the role of Executive Chef at the MarBella Collection. Alamanos is Head Chef at MarBella Nido, having previously worked at the Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley in London. These five-course dinners will be held throughout July and August and will be paired with Corfiot beer.

Irini Tzortzoglou

Celebrity chef and 2019 UK Masterchef winner Irini Tzortzoglou will kick off the culinary series at the start of July at MarBella Nido, with a five-course dinner paired with selected wines, followed by another feast at MarBella Elix on 4 July. Originally from Crete, Tzortzoglou loves to explore the traditional Greek ingredients that grew on her doorstep and learned how to forage for food and grow her own at a young age. Today, Tzortzoglou is well known in the UK, Greek, Australian, US and Canadian media and prides herself in making a conscious effort to choose local produce, avoid wastage and use environmentally friendly options to assist her cooking.

Tzortzoglou’s menu will include fennel crispbread, fava and chargrilled octopus, red mullet savoro, kalamari and spring onion risotto and rosemary and garlic lamb cutlets with trahanas puree. After the dinner, which will be paired with Greek wines, Tzortzoglou will also take part in an informal Q&A with guests.

Yiannis Kioroglou

Celebrated global chef, Yiannis Kioroglou, will be hosting his pop-up gourmet series from 10-12 September, with a five-course dinner and pairing menu being held at both MarBella Elix and MarBella Nido. Taking inspiration from all over Europe, Kioroglou will design a Greek menu with international flair in partnership with MarBella Collection’s high-end chefs.

Originally from Athens, Kioroglou began his career in the military where he discovered his love of cooking. Since then, he has worked in famous restaurants in Italy, Slovenia and Spain and developed a strong understanding of Mediterranean cuisine that forms the basis of his cooking style. Kioroglou has staged multiple Michelin-starred restaurants in Greece and across Europe and holds the position of Head Chef at La Guérite Restaurant in Cannes, France since 2013, alongside multiple executive and consultant chef positions in renowned restaurants across the globe.

Kioroglou describes the key ingredient in all his recipes as warm, traditional Greek hospitality (philoxenia) alongside top quality ingredients and strong flavours.  His signature dishes include veal carpaccio tonnato, a sea bass filet with a creamy artichoke puree and bottarga, Pissaladière caramelised sliced onion tart and lemon Amalfi dessert.