Athinagoras Kostakos studied the art of Professional Cooking at Le Monde Laboratories, before starting his culinary career at Astir Palace, Vouliagmeni, and with Pietro del Grosse in Grand Resort Lagonissi. He followed Grosse to Italy to study the art of pasta and risotto, and then went onto work alongside Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athenee. He continued to work with hotels and award-winning restaurants in London, Paris and Greece, including Mazi in London and Scorpios in Mykonos. He was also crowned the winner of the Greek TV competition ‘Top Chef’, encouraging him to host his own TV show called ‘Cook Smart by Coca Cola’. Kostakos has varied his experience to found and create ‘Smart Spoon’, a food consulting company for restaurants around the world. He also continues his role as the Executive Chef of Bill and Coo restaurant in Mykonos, which continues to win the Toques D’or every year, and he is now Chef Patron at contemporary Greek restaurant Meraki, London, opened in corporation with the Zuma team in London.
Meraki is a contemporary Greek restaurant located in the heart of Fitzrovia. Referring to the love and soul that someone puts into their work, Meraki was born out of a desire to offer the finest Mediterranean ingredients with warm, generous hospitality and stylish cosmopolitan flare.
The menu at Meraki celebrates produce that Chef Patron Athinagoras Kostakos and the team have scoured the length and breadth of Greece’s regions to find, such as Bottarga from Mesologgi, tomatoes from Santorini and butter from Crete. It features seasonally changing sharing mezze dishes, chargrilled meats and whole fish dishes which are carved at the table.
Meraki was opened by Peter Waney who along with his brother Arjun started restaurants in London 15 years ago, beginning with Zuma in Knightsbridge, followed by Roka and La Petite Maison. More recently, the Waney family acquired and revamped award-winning, internationally recognised industry benchmark The Arts Club on Dover Street. They have also opened Oblix at The Shard, Coya on Piccadilly and Coya Angel Court in The City.