Taught how to cook by his mother, the smells and tastes fueled his passion for fresh flavours, and he learned how to create impeccable dishes with natural ingredients. His lifestyle and environment showed him the importance of simplicity and a respectful approach to the kitchen. These values built the foundation and core of Chef Orestis’ authentic style, and is evident throughout every dish he creates. Inspired by the memories of home, becoming a chef was a natural extension of his childhood environment and education.
Following his passion, Chef Orestis relocated to Dubai in 2010, where he gained valuable experience working alongside Chef Izu. Through roles in prestigious restaurants including La Petit Maison and La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie, Orestis learned how to achieve the right balance in every dish, and how to ensure it matches and complements the environment that it is served in.
With over 9 years of experience in the F&B industry, Chef Orestis has gained a deep understanding of each aspect of the restaurant business, from day to day operations to new concepts and brand development.
In his current role as Executive Chef for GAIA, Chef Orestis will showcase his culinary expertise as well as his cultural upbringing. His priority is to share the Greek philosophies of generosity and respect of ingredients, providing an unpretentious approach to premium cuisine.
CERTIFIED AS AN OFFICIAL AMBASSADOR FOR GREEK GASTRONOMY® 2021 - GOLD MEDAL
GREEK EXECUTIVE CHEF LOCATED BETWEEN DUBAI & MONACO “ORESTIS KOTEFAS” IS ANNOUNCED AS AN OFFICIAL “AMBASSADOR FOR GREEK GASTRONOMY® 2021 GOLD MEDALLIST” by GREEK TASTE BEYOND BORDERS® GTBB ORGANIZATION
GREEK TASTE BEYOND BORDERS® GTBB presented Orestis Kotefas with the global official certification title award of honor Ambassador for Greek Gastronomy® 2021 Πρεσβευτής της Ελληνικής Γαστρονομίας® 2021 for his dedication to the sustainment for Greek Gastronomy & taste. The certification process followed a protocol procedure implemented by the GTBB rules & committee No.00127/30/03/2021
Orestis Kotefas is the Executive Chef of the famous chain of restaurants GAIA (Dubai- Principality of Monaco) Following his passion, Chef Orestis relocated to Dubai in 2010, where he gained valuable experience working alongside renowned Chef Izu Ani. Through roles in prestigious restaurants including La Petit Maison and La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie, Orestis learned how to achieve the right balance in every dish, and how to ensure it matches and complements the environment that it is served in.
Mr. Orestis Kotefas noted “GAIA purpose is to introduce widely the philosophy and the richness of Greek cuisine. While using quality seasonal products and modern techniques we deliver fine dining experience to our customers. GAIA is deeply inspired from Greek culture, simplicity to the character of the restaurant and love for cooking, is the key to our ongoing adventure.”
AMBASSADOR FOR GREEK GASTRONOMY® is a hallmark of Greek gastronomy for (chefs & restaurants and single entities of high regard) and it’s known to be extremely challenging to achieve, making it that much more prestigious. GTBB has exclusively rights to the trademarks of these official titles in Greece and abroad.
These prestigious awards mentioned as “top honors” by GTBB have a significant role and are presented to professionals and premium brands held in the highest regard. The Gold Medal award sign and the golden spiral (logo of GTBB) attach great importance to this prestigious honorary title.
GREEK TASTE BEYOND BORDERS® GTBB organization is dominating in the promotion of Greek taste & gastronomy throughout the world, utilizing modern branding methods and the most effective business networking platform for Greece and its global representation.
GREEK TASTE BEYOND BORDERS® GTBB has announced its annual global conference in Athens, Greece at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) 5- JULY 2021 under the Auspices of Ministry of Tourism, GNTO & City of Athens where ORESTIS KOTEFAS and all certified chefs and brands shall gather in this promising global event.
ΠΡΕΣΒΕΥΤΗΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗΣ ΓΑΣΤΡΟΝΟΜΙΑΣ®, ΠΡΕΣΒΕΥΤΗΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗΣ ΚΟΥΖΙΝΑΣ® αποτελούν όρους χρήσης ΕΜΠΟΡΙΚΑ ΣΗΜΑΤΑ που προστατεύονται και είναι κατοχυρωμένοι – με τον αριθμό απόφασης δήλωσης σήματος ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ ΥΠΟΥΡΓΕΙΟ ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΑΣ & ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗΣ (ΕΞ 3428 / 03-07-2018) και (ΕΞ 2858 / 30-06-2020) αντιστοίχως. Οι δικαιούχοι του επιφυλάσσονται επί παντός νομίμου δικαιώματος τους όπως και για τυχόν αποζημιώσεις από αθέμιτες ενέργειες που αφορούν σε αντιγραφείς και ανεπιθύμητες προσπάθειες σπίλωσης.