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Ambrosia Cooking Classes

Ambrosia Cooking Classes were born from a love of sharing the beauty and richness of Ithaca and the food produced on the island.

After hearing from guests how much they wanted to learn to make the dishes they were  tasting, Chef Katy rose to the challenge to teach how to make authentic Mediterranean dishes while you are visiting Ithaca.

All the food prepared are local dishes supporting Ithacan producers including olive oil using the cold pressed method.

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Chef Katy

Hi - I'm Katy and I  love food's ability to bring people together.


The comfort and joy of "what smells so good" that brings people into the kitchen, sitting together for a meal and spending quality time together.My culinary skills are from my Greek heritage and adapted by my South African and Canadian roots.

Working as a chef for 15 years allowed me to develop and explore different cuisines and cooking methods, but my true inspiration is the genuine flavours of traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisine taught to me through my family and authentic Greek homemakers.

Growing up each summer on the island of Ithaca, I've come back to expand my culinary talents beyond the shores of Ithaca and into your home.

I will teach you dishes that reflect our local dinning culture and are made with fresh organic local ingredients, allowing for the simple food to speak for itself. The recipes you will learn have been adapted for all skill levels and modified to work with ingredients you have on hand so that you can take what you've learned and share it with your family and friends.


Greek food is heartening and comforting.

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About Ithaca

The island of Ithaca is located west of the mainland of Greece in the Ionian Sea and is the second smallest inhabited island of the "Heptanese". Ithaca consists of two peninsulas with almost equal extent. They are joined by the isthmus of Aetos which is 620 m wide. The island has a maximum length of 29 km and width of 6.5 km. The total area covering 92.5 sq km. The channel between Ithaca and Kephalonia is 14 miles long, with a maximum width of 3 miles and a minimum of 1.5 miles. Its coastline of 45 miles is indented all around with many natural ports.


The three highest mountains are Mt. Petaleiko in the south, the Homeric Mt. Neritos and the Mt. of Exoghi in the north.

Ithacas capital is Vathy in the south, and the largest village in the North island is Stavros. There are ports in Vathy, Piso Aetos, Polis Bay, Frikes and Kioni.


Administratively, Ithaca belongs to the Kephalonian County which also includes several other neighboring small islands.  Occupations of locals are: cultivation, stock-breeding, technical and engineering professions, government, fishing, and for the most part, tourism. A large percentage of the working population are also traditional sailors. 

Welcome to the island. 

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Meaning of Ambrosia

What is Ambrosia?

In the ancient Greek myths, ambrosia (/æmˈbroʊʒə/, Ancient Greek: ἀμβροσία, "immortality") is the food or drink of the Greek gods, often depicted as conferring longevity or immortality upon whoever consumed it. It was brought to the gods in Olympus by doves and served by either Hebe or Ganymede at the heavenly feast.

Who ate Ambrosia?
Simply put, ambrosia is what the gods and goddesses ate, especially those who lived on Mount Olympus. However, it is so much more than that. There are those who say that the Ambrosia was actually responsible for granting the gods and goddesses immortality. It was said to have been a food tasted slightly like honey.


Where is the origin of the name Ambrosia?
Ragweeds are flowering plants in the genus Ambrosia in the aster family, Asteraceae. The genus name is from the Greek ambrosia, meaning "food or drink of immortality". The name Ambrosia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "food of the gods". 


Ambrosia is also a soft, pure, rusty orange with a copper undertone. It is a perfect paint colour to create a transitional dining experience.

Cooking Classes

Sign up for a cooking class while you are visiting the island for an authentic experience and take the taste of Greece home!

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