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, My Greek Table, is cooking-travel series about Greece and Greek cuisine. She previously hosted Greece’s most popular TV cooking show, What Are We Going to Eat Today, Mom (in Greek) and, for 20 years, served as a columnist and restaurant critic at the country’s largest circulation daily paper, Ta Nea.
Diane has appeared as a guest on several major American television shows, including Throwdown with Bobby Flay, The Today Show, Martha Stewart, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and more.
Since 2003, Diane and her husband, Vasilis Stenos, have run the Glorious Greek Cooking School on her native Ikaria, an island 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), winner of the prestigious IACP Best Cookbook award. The New York Times hailed her previous book, Country Cooking of Greece (Chronicle, 2012), as one of 2012's 100 best books. Another tome, Glorious Foods of Greece (William Morrow), won the prestigious IACP Jane Grigson prize for excellence in research. The companion book to My Greek Table was 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 New York 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.
Diane divides her time between New York City, the Greek island of Ikaria, and Athens.