I was 12 years old or so when I realized I actually loved cooking – growing up at my grandmother's home. Because of her age, the shortages and difficulties that she had been through in life (the occupation of Greece by the Axis Powers 1941-44) she was amazingly creative. She would do sheer wonders out of a few most basic, simple ingredients. My grandmother and later my mother are my main inspiration.
My first real practical experience with cooking was when I entered the school in 1996. Schooling turned much more fascinating than expected and I decided I should develop my love for cooking and the thrill of it into a profession.