Diane Kochilas, celebrity chef, award-winning 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.
Every summer, she runs the Glorious Greek Cooking School on her native island, Ikaria, a Blue Zone, renowned for the longevity of its inhabitants. Diane is consulting chef to Committee Restaurant in Boston and is at work on a PBS travel and cooking series about Greece.
Kochilas is the 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), which won an IACP Award for Best Cookbook, International Category; the 2015 Books for a Better Life Award by the MS Society and was nominated for an Art of Eating Award. It was named one of the best travel-cookbooks of 2015 by Tasting Table.
The book before IKARIA, Country Cooking of Greece (Chronicle, 2012), was hailed by the New York Times as one of the 100 best books of 2012 and by virtual gourmet, John Mariani, as Diane’s “masterpiece.” Another tome, Glorious Foods of Greece (William Morrow), won the prestigious IACP Jane Grigson prize for excellence in research.
In Greece, she hosted one of the most popular TV cooking shows, “What Are We Going to Eat Today, Mom” (in Greek) and was the country’s foremost food journalist and restaurant critic for m ore than 20 years, as a regular columnist for its largest daily paper Ta Nea. Diane has appeared on many major American television shows, most recently on FoxNews (Jan. 2014), as well as on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” “The Today Show,” “Martha Stewart,” “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” and more.
Diane has worked with several universities around the United States to bring healthy Greek cuisine to student dining, including UMass Amherst, Harvard, and Yale.
Diane divides her time between New York City, the Greek island of Ikaria, and Athens.