MEET OUR ANCIENT TEAM
Thom is a food connoisseur and a professional cook. In the past he has worked in numerous restaurants in Wales, Greece and London. He started his career from the very humble beginnings of army cooking, where he accidentally volunteered to cook 3 meals a day for 1000 trainee soldiers, and has never looked back! He later went on to work in the kitchens at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London.
Thom currently has his fingers in a lot of pies. As well as cooking ancient Greek recipes in pop-up restaurants across London, he is also launching a source to table olive oil project that links Greek farmers directly to olive oil consumers, as well as constantly researching obscure cheeses from all over Greece. He frequently works as a freelance live and studio sound engineer.
Stathis was born in Veria, Greece, though most of his adult years were lived in Athens. His studies in translation, interpretation, and applied foreign languages led him to travel extensively all over Europe.
His passions for travelling and gastronomy were brought together through the research for his acclaimed books 'Ouzo', a definitive guide to the famous Greek alcoholic beverage (Road Editions, Athens, 2008), and 'Konstantinoupoli-100 Hartografimena Simeia' [Istanbul, 100 mapped spots], a combined travel book and map of Istanbul (Road Editions, Athens, 2011).
Stathis thought he would like to be an academic and almost finished his PhD in History, in Florence, Italy. Only at the last year of his thesis did he feel the urge to quit his studies and set sail for new adventures.
In the past couple of years he has continued travelling and writing for various sites, and is currently planning his ideal guidebook about Greek restaurants while launching this new endeavour, Τhe Philosopher's Stove, alongside his best friends.
Christina joined The Philosopher's Stove later and is doing all things PR and front-of-house.
Christina's been in the UK for 16 years. After finishing an MA in Translation from Surrey University she ventured in the exciting world of Project Management. Translation/localisation, publishing, healthcare communications, digital, creative, you name it, she's done it.
These days, apart from her involvement with The Philosopher's Stove, she's a Senior Project Manager at a brand language agency. When she doesn't crack the whip and boss people around you can find her practicing her favourite martial art: capoeira (google it - it's lots of fun).