The taste and quality awards Athens Fine Food Awards (AFFA) 2023  ceremony has been successfully concluded.

At a special ceremony organized on Monday 20 March 2023 at the model academy “HotelBrain Academy”, the big winners and the list of products awarded with AFFA 2023 stars were announced.

For 2023, 25 products stood out for their quality, taste and innovation, while 92 products received one to three stars.

The evaluation was carried out by leading professionals in their field, as the jury included Michelin-awarded Greek chefs, chefs who serve Greek cuisine at a top level, professionals with experience in the use of Greek products, foragers and herb growers, specialized sommeliers, F&B Managers, creators of visual communication with important distinctions abroad and specialization in food, etc.

At this year’s event, the awards to the big winners were presented by:

1. Kostis Moschonas CEO of RM International (Platinum)

2. Ioannis Hatzitheodosiou, president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce (Dry Food)

3. Nikolas Haris, F&B Manager, member of the evaluation committee of AFFA (Frozen Food)

4. Giannis Karvelas, certified Pro Olive oil Expert, member of the evaluation committee of AFFA (Olive oil)

5. Dimitris Fragostefanakis, Director of HotelBrain Group (Spirits & Beverages)

6. Christos Rizos, Director of HotelBrain Academy (Innovation)

7. Stavriani Zervakakou, chef (Newcomer)

8. Magda Peistiki, Editor-in-Chief of Food Services magazine (Organic & Functional)

9. Dora Michael, Gastronomy journalist, editor of the FNL guide and culinary marketing consultant (Packaging)

The ceremony was followed by an event in which tastings were offered, curated by the tastemaker Mr. Haris Tzannis, president of the AFFA jury, consisting of the products awarded at the ceremony. The preparation of the tastes, the drinks and the hospitality of the guests were carried out with enviable professionalism by the students of the first deaf section of the HotelBrain Academy who are preparing to man the hotels of the Hotelbrain Group in a few weeks.

Detailed names of winners here.

The president and managing director of the World Wine Tourism Organization Jose Antonio Vidal (GWTO) key note speaker at the 9th EXPOTROF – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition.

We are very happy to announce that the president and CEO of the World Wine Tourism Organization (GWTO), Jose Antonio Vidal, will be at the 9th EXPO as a keynote speaker in the context of Food Expert Stories. His talk on ‘The Future of Wine Tourism: Inspiring a New Future Together’ on Sunday 5 February at 12.30 puts the focus on the wine tourism industry, analyzing the present and future of the modern trend.

Jose Antonio Vidal, a great personality in the world of wine tourism internationally, will map during his presentation, the environment of the emerging form of tourism and highlight the prospects presented for everyone involved in the sector.

As part of the 9th EXPO, the president and CEO of the World Wine Tourism Organization, Jose Antonio Vidal, will present the Spirits & Beverages award at the AFFA 2023 awards ceremony.

A rich culinary program of parallel events full of knowledge, information and technique will take place at the 9th EXPO – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition, from February 4 to 6, 2023, at the MEC Paianas.

The 9th EXPO adopts a unique concept for domestic data, dedicating all days of the exhibition to modern culinary trends through three different stages. Information, technique and tasting is the triptych that characterizes this year’s events and is based on the three pillars of Sustainability, Farm to Table and Authenticity.

On the stage of “Cooking Greece” the host Chef Costas Bougiouris with the assistance of the main presenter chef and foodblogger Mrs. Evas Parakentakis, will welcome distinguished chefs from every corner of Greece to the stage and through delightful culinary events of the regions of the country, they will “travel » visitors to the exhibition in the Greek territory.

At the same time, on the stage of Cooking Greece, invited chefs such as the Executive Pastry Chef of the Four Seasons Athens, Michalis Hatzikalimeris, the Pastry Chef of Varoulkos, Thodoris Mousidis, the Executive Chef of the Athens Capital Hotel – M Gallery, Dimitris Boutsalis, the Consultant and Restaurant Menu Creator and Hotels, Alexandros Koskinas talk to the presenters Konstantinos Bougiouri and Magda Peistiki about the culinary trends in Greece and abroad and cook live, their signature dishes, of today or tomorrow.

In the specially designed Food Expert Stories area, professionals in the food and beverage sector, in a single visit to EXPOTROF, are trained and informed at the same time. The 9th EXPO is addressed to every catering professional who wishes to strengthen his competitiveness with the unique vehicle of education and information and provides free trainings on modern topics, focus on the local producer and discussion panel with the participation of leading professionals. Every day distinguished guests from the field of gastronomy, marketing and social media will talk about the culinary trends that dominate at an international level, they will present us with success stories in a rich program of open space seminars. The leading chefs of the Greek cuisine Gikas Xenakis, Alexandros Charalambopoulos, Dimitris Dimitriadis, Konstantina Faklaris talk with Yiannis Devetzoglou and Taste ID about the ways in which Greek traditional cuisine can evolve, while the consulting economist Konstantinos Pantelis and the food technologist Athanasios Papageorgiou explain the necessity of certification for the operation of businesses.

The program of parallel events includes for the first time the Drink & Spirits event, where the producers of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages of the exhibition will present their products to the visitors and introduce them to the secrets of winemaking, brewing and mixology, hosted by the talented bartender Kostas Bass.

9th EXPOTROF’s awards c

Two different awards will take place during the three days of the exhibition. On Sunday 5/2 at 18.00 the quality and taste awards of the Athens Fine Food Awards (AFFA) 2023 will be awarded, the only awards that honor and evaluate Greek food through the blind tasting process. Meanwhile, on Monday 6/2 at 3:30 p.m., the list of the 100 best restaurants in Greece for 2023 will be announced, as voted by the Dreaters audience.

Find all the parallel events in detail here

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