David Tsirekas joined Nostimo Restaurant Bar as Chef in Residence upon its opening in June 2018. Sydney’s acclaimed 1821 is also under David’s culinary baton, meaning he splits his time between both states while serving high quality, innovative dishes that always deliver on flavour, yet remain authentic and true to Greek flavours. Brisbane also shares Tsirekas’ flavours with Chicago, after he was approached to oversee the launch of two modern Greek restaurants in the US city after mega restaurateur Louie Alexakis heard about his talents. Chef Tsirekas is famed for changing the approach to Greek cuisine here in Australia with his cooking style being described as ‘daring, self-assured and full of expression’, a chef who makes ‘harmonious and refined dishes, not just ones with intensity and macho charm’.
In a culinary powerhouse of innovation that will send shockwaves through the Brisbane dining scene, Greek Superchef, Dimitris Katrivesis will be joining David Tsirekas for an exciting week of flavour in May, including Brisbane’s first ever Greek Yum Cha experience. “A dish, a great dish, is the most complex work of art, as it should appeal to all five senses and, once devoured, it must remain in memory like a painting, a melody, or a beautiful view,” says Chef Katrivesis.
He’ll take up residence at Nostimo Restaurant & Bar ahead of the Paniyiri Greek Festival. Located in West End, Nostimo Bar & Restaurant is a stunning modern interpretation of a traditional Greek dining experience. It seats 75 diners in the restaurant and 85 on its terrace which overlooks the Brisbane city skyline. The restaurant features white rendered walls, over 15,000 cascading worry beads, thatched ceilings and terrazzo finishes – celebrating the look and feel of the Greek Islands. Nostimo is open for lunch Monday to Sunday, dinner Monday to Saturday and is available for exclusive bookings.
Chef Dimitris Katrivesis is famed globally as a master of Greek cuisine, both traditional and modern, and his CV includes some of the world’s very best restaurants. After studying culinary arts in Athens in 1996, his passion for global flavours and learning has taken him from five-time world number one restaurant, the three-Michelin starred El Bulli in Spain, to Luxembourg, Paris and Tokyo where he worked at the acclaimed three-Michelin starred restaurant Ryugin. He returned to Greece and used his unmatched international experience to create the unique concept JSP, a blend of Japanese/Spanish/Peruvian flavours mixed with his Greek influences. He’s the author of “The Real Deal”, a book on Peruvian street food and is currently based in Athens, where he leads the famed Fuga Restaurant set in the gardens of the magnificent Athens Concert Hall. It is at Fuga that he perfected Greek Yum Cha, a concept he and Chef Tsirekas will bring to Nostimo Restaurant for the Paniyiri weekend!
While Chef Katrivesis’s visit to Brisbane is for just over one week, in the sharing spirit so famous in Greece, there are plenty of opportunities for food lovers to taste his fare and meet The Man!
May 12 and 13: An introduction to South East Queensland produce!
On arrival in Brisbane, Chef Katrivesis will be taken straight to meet South East Queensland’s wonderful local producers, hosted by Chef Tsirekas. Both Chefs were brought up to champion local flavours and they will visit the Schultz Farm near Toowoomba and be introduced to the very best local seafood with famed fisherman Chris Bolton.
Tuesday May 14 to Friday May 17: Katrivesis at Nostimo
With Chef Katrivesis in residence, he will work with local South East Queensland produce creating daily lunch and dinner specials showcasing his famous style, as well as mentoring the kitchen team at Nostimo.
Click here to make a Reservation or 07 3844 1166
Wednesday May 15: Katrivesis Signature Degustation Dinner
In a culinary event not to be missed, Chefs Tsirekas and Chef Katrivesis will host a Signature Degustation Dinner in Olympus at The Greek Club with the menu designed by Chef Katrivesis & MC’d by Chef Tsirekas.
Book and Get your Ticket here ($120) – wines optional
Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 – Meze Karotsi at Nostimo: Paniyiri Geek Festival
Over the famous Paniyiri Greek Festival weekend, Nostimo Restaurant will be transformed into Brisbane’s first ever Greek Yum-Cha … introducing the Meze Karotsi/Greek Trolley, a style Chef Katrivesis has made famous throughout the world! Diners can enjoy unique Greek meze plates in traditional Yum-Cha fashion, and to add to the authenticity of the event each guest will receive faux Greek currency to use!
Get tickets to the Greek Paniyiri Festival here
Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19: Paniyiri Geek Festival Cooking Demonstrations
Both Chef Tsirekas and Chef Katrivesis will star in hugely popular Cooking Demonstration Program over the two days of Paniyiri, held upstairs at The Greek Club. Get tickets to the Greek Paniyiri Festival here