Ilias the Greek


ilias the GREEK
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I’m a passionate food lover who was born in a tiny village called kastoria in northern Greece. My earliest memories as a child were huge feasts where the whole village would gather and each family would bring their signature dish to contribute. Most commonly were Lamb on the spit, spanakopitas with hand rolled fillo pastry, melt in the mouth kourabiedes (short bread biscuits) and aromatic baklava straight from mum’s oven! There’d be traditional songs and dances of our region being played all night with much joy, laughter and happiness shared in amongst the feasting.

The backdrop would be beautiful rolling hills with bountiful crops, snow capped mountains in the distance with wildlife in abundance including; goats, sheep, bears, wolves and of course donkeys. The kitchen was to be the centre of my childhood. I’d remember every highlight experience targeting each family member who’d excel and produce the most exciting sweets! I’d ask my parents if we could visit them more often to learn more.

We moved to adelaide Australia where I fulfilled every wogboys’ dream, I became a drag racer with a pristine VG V8 Valiant. I then visited my grandparents in Coober Pedy who where opal mining at the time and opal fever struck me in more ways than one. Living with my grandparents in an underground home and steeping myself back into traditional village lifestyle centred around hard work, good food from the garden, great stories from my Papou (Grandfather) and quality time with dear friends, life was beautiful.

I became a manager of a local restaurant and employed some lovely old Greek ladies to help in the Kitchen. With much laughter, emotion and all things Greek, I learnt so much from these women. In particular the importance of aligning oneself’s energy to produce exceptional food. Love, passion and total presence in the process were the gifts bestowed upon me. This job also helped me to become a pilot and I enjoyed sharing many flights over the scenic outback.

During mining one day for the elusive gem, I ended up in a coma after a rock had fallen on my helmet from the top of a shaft. This changed my life forever. After recovering I found that my senses were heightened and the connection with spirit was strong. I felt called to do a yoga course in Byron Bay.

In Byron I met a beautiful woman who encouraged me to participate in the local markets to share what is my passion, creating high quality sweets with traditional family recipes and infusing them with love!

ilias the GREEK was born in a home kitchen doing the local markets whilst creating a local wholesale network.

We now produce our sweets which include Baklava triangles, Lady finger baklava (Floyeres), Nougat (Mandolato) and Honey Puffs (Loukoumathes) in state of the art premises in Billinudgel (Byron shire) and ship our products interstate whilst still participating in the local markets and festivals such as Bangalow & Byron markets, Splendour in the grass, sample festival & regional flavours.

Our aim is to always produce the highest possible quality sweets handmade with love

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