Athens born and raised, Télémaque grew up in a family that has been cultivating olive trees for 200 years. He was also lucky to have a grandmother who was a very talented cook and who infused him with a love of good food and cuisine. When Télémaque moved over to France, she was afraid he wouldn’t feed himself properly, so she taught him her classic recipes: moussaka, pastitsio, stuffed tomatoes, chicken soup and cheese pie, to name just a few. All those years immersed in French gastronomy left an indelible mark on Télémaque: his love for food grew so strong that he had to do something about it. This was the beginning of KALIMERA – and now the result can be savoured in London.
Afroditi is a Greek-born, London-based designer. In her 15-year career, she has launched numerous product collections, designed more than 75 hospitality brands and interiors and has won more than 25 awards. In 2010, she was awarded Designer of the Year by Elle Deco. Afroditi’s first foray into hospitality design was the design and branding of hugely popular chain itsu, now a superbrand in the UK. Since then she has passionately led her studio to create some of the most significant and category-defining hospitality design projects of the past decade. Afroditi created a powerful brand and developed beautiful visuals to match Kalimera’s values and ideals.
Stephen, aka Spk, has been responsible for the menu development of several award-winning London restaurant groups including Jubo London, Dishoom, Nando’s and Eat. Formally the Innovation Chef at Sainsbury's, he now acts as Innovation Consultant for the likes of M&S, as well as numerous key food suppliers all over the country. Télémaque tasked Spk with marrying up the authenticity of his vision and brand with Spk’s knowledge of the market and current trends to create a menu that will be consistent, achievable and, above all, delicious.