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At 60, How Irini Tzortzoglou Became UK Master Chef, Life Changed

Bored after retiring from her executive work with Greece’s Piraeus Bank, Irini Tzortzoglou, living in the Cumbria region of England, returned to her family roots in cooking, put together Greek food menus, and won on the BBC Master Chef show.

She was 60 years old. That was 2019 and now that her second career has been cooking too, that led her to write a Greek cook book, Under the Olive Tree, and acclaim for the dishes she makes.

It wasn’t as easy as pie though. “I didn’t want to embarrass myself by leaving in round one, so I trained myself for a year,” she told the British newspaper The Guardian about her plan.

“I went to Athens, I ate at Michelin-star restaurants. I wanted to see what was happening with Greek food today. I watched a little bit of Greek MasterChef to see what the young chefs were doing. And then I started practicing.”

Tzortzoglou, 64, was born in Crete, where her grandparents’ house was always open – her grandfather was a priest – and her grandmother would cook for dozens of people, the paper said. There’s the answer.


NEW YORK – New York Mayor Eric Adams attended the Turkish community's 39th annual parade on May 22 on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

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FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

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NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

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PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.


Mission…To The Holy Land – A TNH Documentary by Clelia Charissis

This past Easter season, this great feast, Pascha for Greek Orthodox Christianity and Passover for Judaism, found us during Holy Week in the Holy Land, at the Gate of Worship.

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