The Eurozone crisis has had a knock on affect for fans of Greek cuisine in Cornwall.
By chris_wasey | Friday, June 22, 2012, 11:58
Greek national, Nickolaos Kotidis, who's Head Chef at the 'Real Greek' restaurant in Calenick Street, Truro, was on a retainer from a 5 star restaurant on the Island of Kos over the winter season. Now, due to the economic situation in Greece, Nickolas has decided to remain living and working in Cornwall with his wife Anka instead of returning home.
Real Greek Restaurant, Truro (Susan Anka Nikolaos and Memet)
Real Greek Restaurant, Truro (Nickolaos & Anka Kotidis)
This week the people of Greece voted to stick with the euro in an election which narrowly handed victory to the pro-bailout party, New Democracy.
Nickolaos has been following the news in his homeland closely he says "Many people I know at home have been severely affected. My brother has had to take a large cut to his salary and my father has lost his pension…it's very bad."
While the owners of the Real Greek restaurant, Memet and Susan, sympathise with Nickolaos and his family, they are pleased to have secured such a top talent for their kitchen.
They held an official re-launch of the restaurant last week when Nickolaos confirmed he could stay.
Memet says "Since we first opened in November last year we have had a succession of chefs we were not happy with. Nickolaos and his wife Anka, who is waitress here, bring a real authenticity to the business and the dishes on the menu. We are the only authentic Greek restaurant in Cornwall."