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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 November 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2015 13 FOOD a spot in the Hall of Fame grown from six to 23 staff, with its service expanding to breakfasts and lunches five days a week (Monday to Friday) and dinners from Tuesdays to Saturdays. The seasonal menu changes quarterly with strong influences by Greek, Italian and Spanish cuisines, matched with an internationallyacclaimed wine list. "European food has always been popular but slowly people are paying attention to European wine," he says. While George informs me excitedly that he has joined forces with two great local wine estates in the Barossa Valley and Hahndorf, in the same breath, he feels proud that one of the best wine sellers at the restaurant comes from the northern area of Greece. "I am proud of my culture, my history and Greek background and I am also grateful for everything Australia has given me and my family," he tells Neos Kosmos. Always passionate about wine, the successful business owner took a side-step in 2012 and accepted George Calombaris' offer to work as venue manager for his signature restaurant in Melbourne, The Press Club. "It was a hard decision to leave my business for six months and look after the flagship venue but I will never forget my time there, mainly because I learnt a lot about myself as a manager and as a mentor." "I was and still am a big believer that, as a business owner, one always needs to keep their finger on the pulse and hover like a helicopter, but at the same time I wanted to step outside my walls, then return and analyse where I am at," admits George, who put all his trust into his wife and staff running Geor during his absence. As for what it takes for a business to be successful, George is adamant. "To me it is all about the story. "Let your staff and your customers know where you are and where you are going so that they can be part of the journey, but also listen to everything they tell you." Proud Australian Greek George Kasimatis is passionate about two things - his business and his family. On the business front he is always ready and determined to achieve further success and explore new ventures. As a dedicated family man, he wants to continue being a great husband to his wife Voula, who has given him tremendous support throughout the years as well as the best role model for determined to achieve his two sons Victor Kasimatis and his top-notch chef team. his two sons, Victor and Peter who - to George's delight - love spending time at their dad's restaurant. It seems they are right when they say that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
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