Revelations: Ioannis Grammenos, Heliot Steak House, the Hippodrome, London

16 October 2020
Revelations: Ioannis Grammenos, Heliot Steak House, the Hippodrome, London

What was your best subject at school?


What was your first job?

Working on construction with my dad during the summer

What was your first job in catering?

Apprentice chef

What do you normally have for breakfast?

Granola with nuts, honey, hazelnuts, chocolate milk and fruit

What do you do to relax?

Boxing and kickboxing

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Sagardi and Hide, both in London

What's your favourite hotel?

Elounda Beach hotel in Crete

What is your favourite drink?

Riesling wine

What is your favourite food?

Steak, I cannot live without it

Which ingredient do you hate?


What do you always carry with you?

My lava necklace, which was a gift from my mum

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Mauro Colagreco and Thomas Keller

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

My grandmother was one of the best chefs I've ever known

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?

My sharp Japanese knife

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

A bird to fly and see the world

When and where was your last holiday?

Athens and Barcelona in February

What irritates you most about the industry?

When people don't understand how much effort is behind a dish. I also don't like how people think chefs are always screaming at their staff instead of inspiring and motivating the whole team, including waiters, runners and kitchen porters

When did you last eat a hamburger?

I love hamburgers, I had one yesterday with a lobster topping

What's your favourite film?

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Who would play "you" in a film about your life?

Actor Luke Evans

What's your favourite book?

The Little Prince

If you had more time, what would you do?

Travel in my yacht

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