I come from a long line of food lovers, passionate home cooks and chefs. My fondest childhood memories were formed at my father’s side in his restaurants, in our kitchen at home and at the table sharing meals elbow-to-elbow with loved ones. Growing up in a Greek family taught me that so much of the good life happens when we’re cooking and eating together. I learned early on that food is almost
always better when shared.
Back in 2005 when I opened the first tashas, my dream was to pioneer a new way of eating out in South Africa. I wanted to share the joy of my childhood experiences in a lifestyle café that would transform conventional ideas about daytime eating. With a team of like-minded, creatives, we set out to create the kind of spaces where you would experience something familiar and welcoming but also,
exciting, and contemporary.
I believe that the setting you eat in is every bit as important as what’s on your plate. Today tashas has become an extended family of 21 restaurants – 15 in South Africa and 6 in the UAE – and all of them are spaces where food and conversation go hand in hand.