Diane hails from the Blue Zone Greek island of Ikaria and New York City and brings a combination of innate Blue-Zone wellness and result-oriented NYC spirit to everything she does. She is an award-winning author of more than 18 books on Greek-Mediterranean Cuisine and runs the Glorious Greek Kitchen on Ikaria Cooking School every spring and fall on the island. Diane also organizes culinary excursions and walking tours in Greece and cooking classes throughout the United States.
She has been on the forefront of bringing healthy Greek and Mediterranean cuisine to an American audience for more than 25 years. Diane has been consulting chef for many of the top Greek restaurants in the United States and for years has worked with university dining services at Harvard, Yale and UMass Amherst to bring healthy Mediterranean cooking to student dining halls. She is a frequent speaker at the CIA and other major culinary institutions.
- Taste Achievement Award, 2020, My Greek Table
- IACP Nomination 2019, My Greek Table
- Best Cookbook, 3 IACP Awards
- Books for a Better Life Award
- Art of Eating Award, long list
WHERE IS DIANE
March 13th 2021 - Noon Eastern/9a.m. Pacific
A Taste of Lent – Live FB Class
Take my live cooking class a Taste of Greek Lent, and discover one of the most delicious and nutritious aspects of Greek cuisine. The class is Live on FB, $32.95.
March 17th 2021 - Noon Eastern /9 a.m. Pacific
INSTAGRAM LIVE WITH PBS LEGEND & CHEF LIDIA BASTIANICH!
Join me for an IG Live with Chef, Restaurateur and Italian Culinary Legend Lidia Bastianich. Just go to my IG page, @dianekochilas at noon ET on Wednesday, March 17th, and tune in! Lidia and I will be discussing the common foods that unite us across the Mediterranean and her incredible journey as a woman and chef.
March 24th 2021 - 1 p.m. Eastern /10 a.m. Pacific
INSTAGRAM LIVE – A TALK WITH DAN FRANCISCO CHEF JOANNE WEIR
This is the month for PBS collaborations! I’ll be chatting with Joanne about the Mediterranean diet and how she interprets it in her work as a California chef and fellow Public Television cooking show host.
April 7 2021
IG Live with Ultra Marathoner Dean Karnazes
April 21 2021
Hellenic American Women’s Council
Webinar on Greek Cuisine and 200th Anniversary of the Greek State
CONSULTING & OTHER CULINARY SERVICES
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RESTAURANTS (... and here?)
Diane is available for restaurant, retail and food-travel consulting for culinary professionals who want to learn more about Greek-Mediterranean cuisine. Contact Diane here, for further information or with specific requests: [email protected]>
Diane has worked with a long list of restaurants, retail food markets, and editorial and marketing entities to help shape the perception of Greek food internationally.
She helped open Pylos Restaurant in NYC in 2004, and worked with the restaurant for a decade to serve forth rustic, elegant Greek cuisine, efforts which were rewarded with great reviews, top ratings in Zagat and many honorable mentions in the Michelin Guide.
She has worked with Axia in Tenafly, NJ, and Avli in Chicago in the same capacity, helping to shape their menus. In 2011 she helped open Volos Restaurant in Toronto.