CHEF/HOST Season 1, 2 – Yannis Mameletzis
A rare combination of a scientist and gastronomic genius, “Chef Yannis” (as he is affectionately known) recently completed his Ph. D in molecular epidemiology at the preeminent University of Oxford’s St. Peter’s College in the UK. Prior to his doctoral studies at the Oxford, “Chef Yannis” obtained his Master’s in Public Health from Yale University and previous to that, had doubled majored in Biology & Religion at the University of Rochester as an undergraduate. Because man cannot live by science alone, he worked as a pastry chef for one of Britain’s most celebrated chefs, Jamie Oliver (“The Naked Chef”) at Jamie’s Italian in Oxford. During his Oxford years, “Chef Yannis” also served as the President of the Oxford University Gastronomy Society, where he promoted the culinary arts to both undergraduate and graduate students in Oxford. He is currently living in Geneva, Switzerland and working at International AIDS Society As a chef, “Chef Yannis” has a passion and expertise in Mediterranean cuisine and Greek pastries. As a public health scientist, he is an advocate of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and keen to spread the gospel of authentic Greek whole foods to communities across America.
CO-HOST Season 2– Eva Tsoureka
Eva is joining Chef Yianni on his odyssey on season 2. Eva comes to us from Greece, where she was the host of the weekly television series “Kyriaki sto Horio” (“Sunday in the Village”). Eva has also co-hosted on the daily morning show on Mega Channel “Omorfos Kosmos to Proi” (Beautiful World in the Morning). Eva has a BA in Tourism Marketing and was also elected Prefectural Counselor in 2006 in Thessaloniki, Greece and was responsible for the youth division of the city.