What’s the best thing about a luxury yacht charter in Greece? The incredible beaches? The unparalleled service? The incredible history in every port of call? Ask any foodie, though, and you’re bound the hear that it’s the food.
It’s true! Aboard a luxury charter yacht, the food is incredible. You and your guests are served throughout your trip by a chef who creates a custom menu based on your preferences.
But which charter chefs in Greece are the best? That’s a challenging question to answer, because no matter what superyacht you charter, the food is guaranteed to be incredible. At the recent 2018 Mediterranean Yacht Show, though, that question might have gotten a more definitive answer.
During the show’s Chef Competition, chefs from top Greece charter yachts duked it out for the title of best chef. Here’s a look at the winners.
About the Greece Chef Competition 2018
Since launching five years ago, the Mediterranean Yacht Show has brought together the best of the best in the yachting industry. Each year, though, the Chef Competition is a fan favorite.
The best chefs in the yachting industry compete head-to-head to wow top culinary judges (including a few Michelin star winners). And this year was no different. Chefs were asked to build incredible Surf ‘n Turf dishes using Greek ingredients.
This year, the Greek coastal town of Nafplion hosted the competition, and the competition was held over two days. Chef Georgianna Hiliadaki, a 2 Michelin star chef, and Chef Antonio Mellino, a 2 Michelin star chef, judged the competition. Yachts entered in two different categories: A and Platinum, depending on the yacht’s daily rate. After two days of tasting and judging, the winners were:
- First: Konstantinos Vlantikas of M/Y Nashira NV
- Second: Sotirios Bempedelis of S/Y Nova
- Third: Nicholas Papkonstantinou of M/Y Thirty Love
- First: Andrea Vercelli of M/Y Option B
- Second: Ioannis Venieris of M/Y L’Equinox
- Third: Dimitris Brinios of M/Y Martina
A Closer Look at This Year’s Winners
Throughout the 2018 Chef Competition, the talented competitors wowed the judges with innovative takes on this year’s theme. We’ve provided a look at each of the winners, their culinary influences, and a bit of insight into the superyachts they call home.
1. Chef Konstantinos Vlantikas
In 2010, Chef Konstantinos graduated from Le Monde Institute, and has quickly earned a reputation as one of the top charter chefs in the Mediterranean. Prior to taking over the galley in NASHIRA NV, Konstantinos worked in many of Greece’s top kitchens, including a 2 Michelin star restaurant. Known for his contemporary takes on Greek cuisine, Konstantinos continually wows charter guests.
About NASHIRA NV: The 83-foot NASHIRA was refit in 2017, and the sleek raised pilothouse yacht couldn’t be more beautiful. Her interiors feature a contemporary aesthetic, including a spacious master cabin with marble-appointed en suite. The salon is well-light, thanks to sprawling bay windows, and the yacht has an abundance of deck space, including an aft deck lounge, fore deck and beautiful sundeck.
2. Chef Sotiris Bempedelis
Chef Bempedelis has worked as a chef since 2002, after graduating from Le Mond. And Greek-born chef is known for his inspiring and novel take on traditional Mediterranean cuisine. From Greek fusion, to traditional French cooking, Bempedelis can do it all, and aboard NOVA, you can expect a truly delightful dining experience.
About NOVA: NOVA is a striking 62-foot catamaran, that’s a favorite sailing yacht in the Greek islands. Her interiors are bright and airy, like the spacious main saloon, and the yacht features a collection of contemporary art. Outside, NOVA features a spacious and breezy aft deck dining area, as well as a gorgeous fly deck.
3. Chef Nicholas Papakonstantinou
Chef Papakonstantinou has had a long career in the culinary arts, serving in many kitchens in Greece, before joining the charter industry. Since 2015, he’s run the galley in Thirty Love, and he’s known for his Greek fusion and traditional Euro-inspired dishes.
About THIRTY LOVE: THIRTY LOVE recently underwent a refit, and the 100-foot motor yacht looks chicer than ever. Her interiors feature a classic aesthetic, with high-end finishes and spacious cabins. The yacht also features a sprawling aft deck dining area – perfect for sunset dinners – and an array of water toys.
1. Chef Andrea Vercelli
Over more than two decades, Vercelli has built a reputation in the industry for creating inspiring dishes that add new dimensions to Italian classics. Vercelli graduated from the G Pastore school in Italy in 1997, and has held a number of positions in the culinary and hospitality industries. He’s worked in top kitchens in Italy and London, including several Michelin starred restaurants, and has been working as a personal yacht chef for the last three years.
About OPTION B: Built in 2012 by Benetti, OPTION B is a stunning tri-deck motor yacht with a traditional French-inspired interior. The yacht features a spacious interior, including a massive salon with traditional sofas and large bay windows, as well as six cabins. Additional amenities like the gym and deck jacuzzi make the yacht the perfect boat for a charter of the Greek isles.
2. Chef Yannis Venieris
For more than a decade, Chef Yannis Venieris has developed his culinary expertise across Europe. He graduated with a culinary degree in 2007 and went on to work for chefs like Olivier Campanha and Dimitris Skarmoutsos. Yannis has worked in numerous top kitchens around the world, including Sketch in London and the Four Seasons in Miami, and was once the personal chef of the Prime Minister of Qatar. Chef Venieris is known for his traditional techniques and innovative recipes that match Italian, Greek, Continental and French ingredients and styles.
About L’EQUINOX: L’EQUINOX is a 122-foot motor yacht available for charter in Greece and the Mediterranean. The recently refit yacht features a stunning, high-contemporary interior, featuring sleek lines and a classic color palette. The interior features 5 cabins and accommodations for up to 12 guests. The yacht is well-equipped with water toys (2 Seabobs, 2 jet surfs, 1 Seadoo, water skills, skate wakes, kayaks, etc.), as well as an abundance of deck space.
3. Chef Dimitris Brinios
Greece-based chef Dimitris Brinios has been a professional chef since 2010, and throughout his career, Brinios has worked in a number of top restaurants throughout Europe. The chef is known his traditional European cooking style, which is matched with contemporary ingredients and styles.
About MARTINA: The 100-foot MARTINA is a beautiful motor yacht that was built in 2002. Most recently, the yacht was refit in 2016, and features a sunny beach-inspired interior. The yacht’s selling point though is her beautiful sundeck; MARTINA’s sundeck features a dining area, bar, and Jacuzzi.
Your Foodie Yacht Charter Awaits
The food aboard a luxury yacht charter is reason enough to consider a trip. Not only is the menu designed to fit all of your preferences, but many of the top chefs work in the industry.
Looking for the best onboard chefs? We can help. Worldwide Boat’s charter brokers regularly meet with charter chefs to learn about their cooking styles and to sample their creations. We can help show you the best culinary experiences in Greek yachting. Contact your broker today to learn more.
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