vasiliki pierrakea / founder
“I was born near the sea, in Kalamata – the city that gave its name to the famous black olives – in the protective shadow of Mount Taygetos. I left my hometown at 18 to study economy at the University of Patras. Soon after, following a disappointment in love, I took the ferry and went to Italy for the first time. My heart felt at home.
My first stop was in Rome. Shortly afterwards, after an encouraging encounter, I decided to move to Milan and I left Greece with little money. I had no idea of what my future would be, but I was fearless. I learned to dare when I was little. My grandfather would always tell me: “Take your chances in life, throw yourself into everything you do. Just know when and how to leave. But if you come back and you don’t know how to eat, drink, and love – even if you’ve done everything else – then you’ll have failed.”
For me, cooking is like a wild sound that contains a lot of pain and a lot of passion. An odyssey...
It’s my sailor, my shepherd, my Penelope, my mountain, my port... a mosaic of feelings! I created Vasiliki Kouzina to feel closer to what the heart desires ... To transform imagination into an archetype!“