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A Greek-Cypriot Living in London Says Her ‘Greekish’ Food Isn’t Greasy Meat

LONDON – Greek-Cypriot chef Georgina Hayden, who lives in London, said she wanted to elevate the image of Greek food beyond fast, cheap meat on pita bread and bring it into the league with more renowned Italian and French dishes.

“Greek food was just seen as kebabs, meat on sticks – which is delicious, we love a kebab, don’t get me wrong. But at the same time, that’s all it was – quite greasy, dirty food,” Hayden told the British newspaper The Independent.

Hayden’s new cookbook, ‘Greekish’, has a chapter dedicated to “things on sticks” but she said, “this isn’t the only thing… We love lentils, a lot of pulses, a lot of vegetables and salads. Actually, dare I say, if you’re vegetarian, you would be laughing if you went to Greece, you would have such a range of things you could eat there.”

“The reason Greek food was misunderstood for a long time, is because I grew up in an era of Teletext Holidays and cheap holidays.” No more.

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