The small Greek patisserie in Adelaide was just named best in Australia at the Restaurant and Catering Awards.
George Diakomichalis opened Kalymnos Pastries in Torrensville in 1995, with his wife Eleni.
Coming from a long line of pastry chefs, the couple have channeled the same work ethic of the previous generation of Greeks to create the same Greek pastries passed on from George’s grandfather and uncle.
“I still use recipes I learnt from my grandfather and uncles,” Mr Diakomichalis told Adelaide Now.
“We keep things traditional – four generations of traditions made fresh for Australia.”
The Restaurant and Catering Awards are a prestigious national event, recognising the best in their fields all over Australia. Kalymnos Pastries was named ‘Best Patisserie in Australia’.
“Awards like this don’t just happen, they come from hard work and determination by a team with heart,” said Mr Diakomichalis.
George attributes his success to his proud heritage and passion for keeping the traditions of his ancestors alive.
“I believe it doesn’t matter what your cultural background is, traditional dishes are the ones that stand the test of time,” he said.
“We pay homage to our ancestors in everything we do and sometimes add a modern twist. Our deep history and pride makes me very proud to be an Australian with Greek heritage.”