Refined Greek ‘Funky Gourmet’ cuisine by Georgianna Hiliadaki and Nikos Roussos

ARTICLE / 06 NOV 2015 / BY DIMITRIS PANAGIOTIDIS

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Bacon, chocolate, caramel. Photo by Panagiotis Beltzinitis.
Funky Gourmet. 13 Paramythias Street, Kerameikos, Athens / funkygourmet.com

Georgianna Hiliadaki and Nikos Roussos were born in Athens. Their passion for cooking drove them to New York where they attended the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan. Both of them graduated in 2003 with a degree in culinary arts. Georgianna Hiliadaki returned to Greece and worked in various restaurants within the country as well as abroad, in Spain and in the US. While Nikos Roussos moved to Amsterdam to work at the restaurant Cineac, distinguished as the best restaurant of Amsterdam in the same year. When he subsequently returned to Greece in 2005, he worked at various restaurants too. In 2007, Georgianna Hiliadaki, Nikos Roussos and Argyro Hiliadaki, established Funky Gourmet. Funky gourmet is a Michelin starred experimental restaurant that began its operation in November 2009 in the area of Keramikos in Athens. In 2012, the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star, a distinction it continued to retain for two years. In 2014, Funky Gourmet gained a second Michelin star.

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‘Funky Gourmet’ designed by KOIS ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS. Principal Architect: Kois Stelios. Project Leader: Nikos Ragos. Design Team: Tasos Spiridonos, Nikos Patsiaouras. Photo by Katerina Avgerinou / koisarchitecture.com

The area is located to the northwest of the Acropolis. It was the potter’s quarter of the city, from which the English word “ceramic” is derived. During the 20th century it was a semi industrial area with many workshops and small factories. Nowadays many of the old buildings have been refurbished and it is considered to be a vibrant alternative neighbourhood with a lot of history and unique character. “The spirit and character of the place guided our design decisions since the beginning of the project. The restaurant is housed in a refurbished neo classical building situated in a tranquil pedestrian street in Paramythias (fairy tale) street. The building height restriction of the particular street in addition with its many planted segments and the citrus trees gives it a very humane anthropocentric scale that evokes feeling of familiarity and informality.”

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Milk skin bracelet. Photo by Panagiotis Beltzinitis.

“Gastronomy is the use of the best ingredients captured in the peak of their seasonality, cooked with proper techniques and presented in a well-thought way. Our philosophy and style of cooking is best described by our name, i.e. Funky Gourmet. Fine dining in a playful and imaginative way. We re-think our Greek heritage and tradition and create a cuisine that activates the senses and engages our guests in a stimulating and unconventional way. A Funky Gourmet cuisine.” said Georgianna Hiliadaki and Nikos Roussos.

In the warm and relaxing ambiance of the restaurant, Georgianna Hiliadaki and Nikos Roussos create carefully designed degustation menus inspired by unique local products and seasonality. While they aspire to introduce their guests to their own point of view of a refined Greek cuisine. The main dining area on the first floor accommodates up to 30 people. There is an additional dining area on the ground floor that can serve up to 14 people.