Koxlioi snails Kritamon restaurant Crete Chef Mavrakis
The normal dish of koxlioi, or snails, served at Kritamon. Credit score: Greek Reporter.

“Koxlioi,” or snails, are a conventional Cretan dish that Chef Dimitris Mavrakis of a restaurant known as Kritamon has chosen to discover and reimagine over the course of his profession.

His well-known and  well-regarded restaurant is positioned on the island of Crete, in a small village close to Chania named Archanes.

Chef Mavrakis and Kritamon

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Mavrakis grew to become licensed in French delicacies in 1994, however determined to pivot again to his Greek roots when he started his profession. He based Kritamon, a restaurant specializing in native Cretan delicacies, 13 years in the past and since then he has made a reputation for himself on the island — and past.

Talking completely with Greek Reporter, Mavrakis defined his love for Cretan delicacies and the driving forces behind his work, which fills him with ardour every day.

“My love for Cretan delicacies made me change my complete outlook on worldwide delicacies,” the chef relates, displaying simply how influential Greek meals may be. 

The restaurant has a number of dishes it has develop into well-known for, lots of them little question due to the standard of components Mavrakis makes use of in his cooking. The restaurateur has his personal farm, from which he sources the vast majority of the components utilized in his dishes. One other well-known dish is the restaurant’s freshly made, mouthwatering pasta, which the chef makes use of in a number of conventional recipes.

“There are pastas in cuisines internationally and there are a number of recipes utilizing it, and so we make it from scratch on the restaurant. I exploit completely Cretan and natural components, in addition to solely utilizing olive oil,” Mavrakis shares, highlighting the significance of recent, clear components to stunning dishes. 

Greater than 350 recipes for “Koxlioi” snails on Crete

Nonetheless, one in all Mavrakis’ absolute favourite recipes to tinker with and serve to patrons is that of Koxlioi, or snails.

As is the case with recipes throughout Greece, there are regional variations of the recipe which might have a big impact on the ultimate style of the snails themselves.

As recipes are usually handed down inside households and communities in Greece, quite than being broadcast on tv or on-line, regional variation continues to play a major function within the culinary lifetime of the nation.

Koxlioi snails Kritamon restaurant Crete Chef Mavrakis
Chef Dimitris Mavrakis at his restaurant on Crete, the place he works to maintain long-established recipes alive. Credit score: Greek Reporter.

“Round 350 totally different recipes for koxlioi (snails) have been documented throughout the island. Each area and each village has a distinct recipe, and what I attempt to do is to seek out outdated recipes and convey them again to the gastronomical scene,” divulged Mavrakis about his cooking, which embraces custom whereas including a private twist. 

“I add my very own thrives (to the recipes) and current them to folks — what I discover notably necessary is to have younger folks having fun with the restaurant and experiencing these outdated recipes,” he continued, cognizant of how important future generations are for preserving and spreading Cretan delicacies. 

“The most important aim for me with the restaurant is to make Crete, and Archarnes, recognized throughout the globe,” concluded Mavrakis. His aim appears to be properly underway if the glowing critiques of Kritamon by patrons from all corners of the globe are something to go by!

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