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As we look back on another amazing Mediterranean Yacht Show (MEDYS), we are delighted to share some of this year’s highlights and celebrate the talented chefs who excelled in the Chefs’ Competition. The 9th edition of the MEDYS made waves in the port of Nafplion, with the two days of the competition filled with incredible gastronomic adventures for all participants and the esteemed judging committee, whose task was undoubtedly challenging.

COMPETITION ARCHIVE: 2023 2022 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014


Chefs’ Competition 2024: Cooking the Orange .Celebrating the talents of Greek gastronomy

This event brought together some of Greece's best chefs, each eager to showcase their prowess in a clash of culinary creativity. Their task? To craft dishes that harmonised with the theme of “Cooking the Orange,” infusing their creations with the vibrant Mediterranean essence.

Against the backdrop of the enchanting Argolis Region, renowned for its charming capital Nafplion and its orange groves, this year's competition celebrated the vibrant flavours and aromas of the orange. Chefs embraced the challenge with enthusiasm, exploring the fruit's myriad dimensions, from its tangy zest to its refreshing acidity.

This year, we were thrilled to welcome two culinary virtuosos to the judging committee, each adorned with Michelin stars: George Papazacharias from Delta Restaurant in Athens, the only restaurant in Greece awarded two Michelin stars, and Luca Piscazzi from Pelagos Restaurant at the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, awarded one Michelin star. Alongside them, brokers Stefania Cappielo from Mondovela SRL and Alma Laganara from Bluewater lent their expertise to the judging panel.


Category A Winners 
This year's competition featured talented chefs who stood out with their passion and inspiration. Their creations ranged from daring and unexpected flavour combinations to timeless and sophisticated dishes, all expertly showcasing the theme of “Cooking the Orange.” Each plate was a tribute to Argolida’s rich culinary tradition, infused with the essence of Mediterranean flavours and aromas. The judges had the pleasure of sampling a plethora of delightful dishes featuring the orange, creating an unforgettable tasting journey.

Delightfully, the first-place winner of this year's competition was Chef Sotiris Mpempedelis from S/C Nova. Coming in a close second was Chef Poluxeni Marina Velli from S/C ALMA, while Chef George Elekidis from S/Y Meliti secured the third spot. Recognizing outstanding creativity, Myrto Bampeti from S/C Alma received the award for best tablescaping in the A category.


Category A Platinum Winners
Judging the A Platinum category proved to be a challenge this year, as chefs seized the opportunity to showcase their talents, captivating the judges and leaving an indelible mark on this esteemed competition.

At the pinnacle of culinary excellence stood Chef Aristeidis Vlachogiannis of M/Y Africa I. Aristeidis's remarkable creation not only shone as the epitome of culinary artistry but also encapsulated the essence of Greek cuisine with its vibrant orange-infused flavours. Securing the second-place position was Chef Dimitrios Paidis of M/Y Lady G, while Chef Eleftheria Varelaki of S/C Sameli impressed to clinch third place. Furthermore, Michael Papalekakos of M/Y Ancallia was recognized for his exceptional tablescaping expertise, earning the esteemed award for best tablescaping.


The Awards Ceremony
Culminating three days of extraordinary culinary showcases, this year's Chefs' Competition concluded with a prestigious awards ceremony at Nafplion's Valaora Restaurant. The awards were presented by Chef George Papazacharias and broker Alma Laganara. The ceremony provided the perfect opportunity for chefs, judges, and attendees to connect and celebrate the remarkable creativity displayed throughout the competition.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Valaora Restaurant and Domaine Skouras for their generous sponsorship, and to all the talented chefs who shared their culinary expertise.

Anticipation is already building for the 10th edition of MEDYS, and we look forward to welcoming you all for even more yachting memoirs.

Competition Awards

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