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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 February 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2018 15 GREEK FEST MONTH - MELB & SYD that we first eat with our eyes. "Philip is really great at turning a creative brief into a delicious morsel! The way he takes an ingredient and brings a new menu item to life, really rings true to our purpose," Heleena says. Having launched in August 2017, in a relatively short space of time the pair have already worked on a number of events, including weddings, christenings, baby showers, kitchen teas, and birthdays. "We offer a really personal service, and there's no strict menu in place as such. Philip likes to have flexibility to use seasonal ingredients, as well as reflect the client's tastes; whilst staying true to 'Gringlish' at the same time," says Heleena. They can provide roaming canapés, styled grazing tables, styled dessert tables and seated share plates. "Philip always considers the ingredient and where it comes from, how it tastes, what it will look like as part of the greater 'Gringlish' event. His aim is to have his food make an impression on people – showcasing Greek flavours wherever he can." The pair tested their skills ahead of launching Gringlish on a very special event of their own. Heleena and Philip organised their own surprise wedding in April last year, "of course planned, styled, and catered by us!" says Heleena, and she says the key to pulling off a memorable event is "experience, attention to detail, and people". "Philip and I have both worked our way up in our respective fields, and over time and many venues, kitchens, brand activations, spaces – you see a lot, and learn a lot along the way," she says. "I truly believe that physically doing something yourself is the only way to really gain experience. When you've played all the roles in a potential event, that's when you can truly plan for a smooth execution. You know how much time things really take, what to plan for, to respond quickly and be solution focused, and how to motivate people to feel engaged in your company. People are really key, as you need a good team around you, who care about the outcome of every event." Having grown up very close to the Greek Community in Melbourne, she also relishes in seeing her business serve "a greater purpose, in preserving our Greek culture, albeit with a twist, for generations to come". "It's really nice to see Greek influence playing such a big a role at these special events, and makes us feel like we are really putting our greater purpose to work!" So far, Heleena says she is excited by the response, and in 2018 is keeping her focus on meeting more great people, and spreading the #gringlish love. "It's been really nice to have the support of people early on, and we can't wait to see what this year has in store. There are a few other projects in the pipe line as well, so stay tuned!" For more on The Gringlish Co. visit gringlish.co or get social on Instagram @gringlish.co Heleena at work, doing what she loves. Learn to cook like a master chef at the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival Philip Vakos will once again be making an appearance at the 31st Lonsdale Street Greek Festival this weekend. Pick up some useful cooking hints and tips at the former MasterChef contestant’s cooking demonstration at the Procal Greek Kitchen stage on Sunday 11 February at 2.30 pm. Philip Vakos The dynamic husband and wife team behind The Gringlish Co.
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