CEO & Event Planner
My name is Jenny Skandalakis and I was born in Chania, Crete. At the age of 18 I moved to Athens and I finished my studies as a nurse, specialised in surgery. I lived and worked in Athens for 14 years in the medical field.
My spare time, I love cooking, reading, writing songs, plays and poems and I used to travel abroad knowing cultures from other countries. I had the opportunity to visit Spain, Italy, England, Emirates, Turkey, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Boston, New York, Seattle, Miami and Tokyo.
In 2012 I migrated to Australia, and specifically to Melbourne with a tourist visa, and then I stayed in the country with a student visa. I started working as a carer in a Greek Health Care organization for elderly people with Alzheimers and Dementia. After a year of working in the Aged Care Facility I was fortunate to get a sponsor ,and the opportunity to take up the position of organizing events and Greek celebrations for the elders.I continue for another 4 years to work for the organisation and in 2016 I was awarded for my performance, dedication, contribution, and volunteering to the residents, giving me the unique satisfaction and joy of recognizing my efforts.
During that time I began to see and appreciate life otherwise, realizing how precious is to spend it next to people we love. In 2017, therefore, I decided to return to Crete, close to my family and to the place where I was born. I decided to go back to what I had left for 19 years … my family, our traditions, the beauties of Crete, healthy local products and the authentic Cretan food.
Taking back all the memories of my childhood and inspired by my grandmother’s recipes, I decided to start Cretan Cooking Classes with the aim of spreading the Cretan cuisine and local products, considering Crete as a blessed place …
My name is Smaragdi Skandalaki and i was born and raised in Chania, Crete.
I could say that our island is a “paradise” with all the goods that offers…the climate, the fertile ground, the natural products and the basic of all, the traditional cuisine.
The last few years i occupy with herbology and the beneficial properties of the natural herbs of Cretan land, a large and interesting subject and also very important for the Cretan cuisine.
I still remember my mother offering us the broth of “stamnagkathi” (a special wild mountain green) with a bit of lemon to detoxificate the body.
I always included in my diet natural-local products which have so far became my way of life.
Today i work as a co-ordinator of events at the Cretan Cooking Classes and i am responsible for the quality of the ingredients ( always the best and fresh) we use, and also ensure that everything is perfect and in place for you so that you are about to have an unforgettable experience.
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