Diane Kochilas, celebrity chef, TV cooking show host, cookbook author, and cooking school owner, has been at the forefront of bringing healthy, delicious Greek cuisine to a wide international audience for many years.
Her latest project is My Greek Table, a 13-part cooking-travel series about Greece and Greek cuisine airing nationally in the Fall of 2017 on American Public Television. She is the host and co-created and produced the show together with Matt Cohen and Resolution Pictures. Maryland Public Television is the series’ collaborating station.
A born teacher, every summer since 2003 Diane, together with her husband, Vasilis Stenos, has run the Glorious Greek Cooking School on her native island, Ikaria, a Blue Zone, renowned for the longevity of its inhabitants.
Kochilas is an award-winning author of 18 books on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, including Ikaria: Food, Life and Longevity from the Island where People Forget to Die (Rodale, Fall 2014), which recently won the 2015 Books for a Better Life award by the MS Society and the prestigious IACP Best Cookbook award. The book was also long-listed for an Art of Eating Award.
The book before IKARIA, Country Cooking of Greece (Chronicle, 2012), was hailed by the New York Times as one of the 100 best books of 2012 and by virtual gourmet, John Mariani, as Diane’s “masterpiece.” Another tome, Glorious Foods of Greece (William Morrow), won the prestigious IACP Jane Grigson prize for excellence in research.
Her next book, the companion book to My Greek Table, will be published in Fall 2018 by St. Martin’s Press.
As consulting chef, Diane has helped open many of the top Greek restaurants in North America, including Pylos in NYC and Volos in Toronto. She is currently consulting chef at Committee, a meze-concept in Boston and one of the city’s few Greek-inspired restaurants. For two years, she was collaborating chef at NYC’s Molyvos, where she infused the menu with regional Greek country food. Diane has also consulted for Harvard University Dining Services, establishing a roster of healthy menu options for student and retail dining. She works regularly with UMASS, Amherst, too, designing Greek dishes for the campus’ student dining menu. Diane is an honorary fellow of Jonathan Edwards College, Yale.
In Greece, she was host of Greece’s most popular TV cooking show, “What Are We Going to Eat Today, Mom” (in Greek) and was a columnist and restaurant critic for 20 years at the country’s largest circulation daily paper, Ta Nea.
Diane has appeared on many major American television shows, most recently on FoxNews (Jan. 2014), as well as on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” “The Today Show,” “Martha Stewart,” “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” and more.
Currently, she is at work on a healthy Greek Quick Service Restaurant concept and is expanding her travel and teaching business to include other parts of Greece. Diane divides her time between New York City, the Greek island of Ikaria, and Athens.