At the weekend I was working on a stills and motion shoot at The Capital Hotel restaurant. Last week,The Capital was hosting Athinagoras Kostakos, from the acclaimed Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge on Mykonos as guest chef at the restaurant. He recently won the Greek version of the US reality TV series, Top Chef, and brings a modern flair to local Greek flavours.
Athinagoras was a charming guy and I found his kitchen relaxed and easy-going. Things I found out about him – he’s a big softy when it comes to his pet bulldog, and he sports a distinctive knife and fork tat on the outside of his right forearm, with ‘apprenti cusine’ on the inside.
The owner of The Capital, David Levin has championed the hotel restaurant since it opened, long before Ramsey et al came on the scene and boasts a roll call of past chefs including Richard Shepherd, Brian Turner, Gary Rhodes, and Paul Merrett.