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Chef adding greens and flowers to dish at MEDYS Chefs Competition 2023 in Nafplion, Greece

Zero Waste From the Greek Seas: MEDYS Chefs’ Competition 2023

As we look toward planning our 2024 yachting season in the Med, we are thrilled to recap one of this year’s highlights: the Mediterranean Yacht Show (MEDYS) Chefs’ Competition 2023 theme, A Celebration of the Sea: Zero Waste from the Greek Seas.

The 8th annual MEDYS took place in Nafplion, Greece from April 29 – May 3, 2023.  Present at this prestigious event was “the world’s largest showcase of luxury crewed charter yachts”. This is the kind of charter show that we brokers like to attend as it informs the recommendations we make to our clients about boats, crews, destinations, toys, experiences, and, of course, food and drink.

Innovative, Delicious Zero-Waste Dishes

Top yacht chefs’ competitions are traditionally the highlight of every charter yacht show. Chefs pull out all the stops to create innovative, delicious dishes that will wow judges, earn accolades, and win joyous prizes. So, without further ado, here is the top yacht chef news from Nafplion as reported on the Mediterranean Yacht Show site:

Tatiana Konstantidi of M-Y HAKUNA MATATA with judge after taking First Place Winner in the MEDYS Chefs' Competition 2023 in Napflion, Greece
Tatiana Konstantidi of M-Y HAKUNA MATATA with judge after taking First Place Winner in the MEDYS Chefs' Competition 2023 in Napflion, Greece

MEDYS Chefs’ Competition 2023 Results

This year, our chefs were tasked to create dishes that explored the theme of Zero Waste From the Greek Seas. A topical exploration of local ingredients, sustainable dining, and Greece’s greatest asset – its stunning seas – this year’s theme was a timely challenge. Delicious dishes, high-end plating and refined flavours were produced by each and every one of the participants in one of our most riveting Chefs’ Competitions to date.

This year the judging panel consisted of two stellar chefs, both awarded 2 Michelin stars. Chef George Papazacharias of Delta Restaurant in Athens, the only two Michelin stars restaurant in the country and Chef Antonio Mellino of Quattro Passi Restaurant in Nerano, Italy, also awarded 2 Michelin stars, were joined by brokers Angela Zurlo and Bobby Biggio as the judging committee of the competition. With each dish presented being better than the last, the judges themselves were put to the incredibly difficult challenge of deciding this year’s winner of the Chefs’ Competition.

Judge Chef George Papazacharias of Delta Restaurant, the only 2-Michelin star restaurant in Athens is one of the judges at the MEDYS Chefs' Competition 2023 in Napflion, Greece
Judge Chef George Papazacharias of Delta Restaurant, the only 2-Michelin star restaurant in Athens is one of the judges at the MEDYS Chefs' Competition 2023 in Napflion, Greece
Judge Chef Antonio Mellino of Quattro Passi, a 2-Michelin star restaurant in Nerano, Italy is one of the judges at the MEDYS Chefs' Competition 2023 in Napflion, Greece
Judge Chef Antonio Mellino of Quattro Passi, a 2-Michelin star restaurant in Nerano, Italy is one of the judges at the MEDYS Chefs' Competition 2023 in Napflion, Greece

Category A Winners

Each chef was a true standout in this year’s Category A competition. From bold and unexpected pairings to classic and elegant dishes, the Zero Waste theme was expertly executed. Every dish was a celebration of Greek seafood, inspired by a food philosophy that harnesses every part of the produce.

Evangelos Vasileiou from M/Y Tropicana secured the second place, while Victoria Shcherbakova from M/Y Wide Liberty took home the third place. In the A category, the award for best tablescaping was awarded to Nikoleta Patara of M/Y Wide Liberty for her stunning decorations.

Award-winning zero-waste creation Category A | 2nd Place Winner: Chef Evangelos Vasileiou, M-Y TROPICANA at the MEDYS Chefs' Competition 2023 in Napflion, Greece
Award-winning zero-waste creation Category A | 2nd Place Winner: Chef Evangelos Vasileiou, M-Y TROPICANA at the MEDYS Chefs' Competition 2023 in Napflion, Greece
Category A | 2nd Place Winner: Chef Evangelos Vasileiou, M-Y TROPICANA holding his award-winning zero-waste creation at the MEDYS Chefs' Competition 2023 in Napflion, Greece
Category A | 2nd Place Winner: Chef Evangelos Vasileiou, M-Y TROPICANA holding his award-winning zero-waste creation at the MEDYS Chefs' Competition 2023 in Napflion, Greece

Category A Platinum Winners

Judging for the A Platinum category proved to be a huge challenge this year. Each chef presented dishes that found the perfect balance between delicious flavours and conscious sourcing – a perfect example of the future of cooking.

After much deliberation, our judges decided to award Tatiana Kostantidi of M/Y Hakuna Matata the top prize. Tatiana’s winning dish was the stand-out of the entire competition, one that perfectly embodied the bold and exciting future of Greek cuisine – one that is increasingly returning to local ingredients, fresh flavors, and sustainable dining.

Dionysios Lykiardopoulos from M/Y O’ptasia secured the second place, while Dimitris Paidis from M/Y Jo I was the third place finalist.

In addition, the prize for the best tablescaping was awarded to Nicole Petrou of M/Y Sole Di Mare for her elegant arrangements.

The Awards Ceremony

After three days of incredible culinary displays, all chefs, judges and attendees gathered at the Valaora Restaurant in Nafplion for the final awards ceremony. A chance to come together, connect and celebrate all the creativity displayed throughout the competition, this year’s ceremony was a proud and prestigious affair.

The awards were presented by Angela Zurlo and Bobby Biggio, alongside fellow MEDYS attendees. We’d like to extend our thanks to both Valaora Restaurant and Domaine Skouras, the sponsors of this year’s Chefs’ Competition, as well as every chef that came and shared their talents with the MEDYS.

Syncharitíria Se Ólous = Congratulations, Everyone!

We at CKYCI send cheers, applause, and congratulations to all the top yacht chefs who competed in the Zero-Waste from the Greek Seas culinary challenge.

Also, kudos to MEDYS for another excellent yacht charter show focused on the Mediterranean and zero-waste initiatives.

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