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Maria Benardis, Founder Greekalicious

Maria Benardis is a Gourmand award-winning author, health & wellness coach, intuitive chef, motivational speaker and founder of Greekalicious, Sydney’s first exclusively Greek cooking school. What initially started as a Greek cooking school, has expanded to include catering services, restaurant consulting, grocery shopping tours, kitchen organizing services, pop-up restaurants, private chef services, an organic line of products, culinary tours to Greece and after completing studies at the Food Coach Institute in Australia, health & wellness coaching.

She has been featured in top media including The New York Times, The Today Show, and Vogue; she has offered “Cooking with Agapi” classes at prestigious venues including The Natural Gourmet Institute, Brooklyn Kitchen, Sur La Table, and Haven’s Kitchen; she is a food and health blogger for The Huffington Post and Mind Body Green; she is the author of three books – My Greek Family Table, Cooking & Eating Wisdom for Better Health, and Greekalicious Feast; and she is the creator of the Manifestation Planner & Organizer. In May 2017 Maria is releasing her fourth book MY GREEK FAMILY TABLE. In addition to demonstrating that the foods of ancient Greece are as relevant – and delicious – as ever, Maria places and emphasis on eating for health, healing and well-being. The recipes in MY GREEK FAMILY TABLE feature an abundance of fruit vegetables, healthy fats, and wholesome ingredients, and there is healing wisdom throughout the book as well as a glossary of the “Healing Ingredients of Greece” to show readers how to choose ingredients to treat ailments.

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