Pies in Greece are either made by large industrial producers or in family kitchens. Industrial production is resulting in greater quantities but blander tastes, and the family ones are harder to find. We are an exception to the trend!
We (and our pies) found ourselves in between industry and the home kitchen. We started out in the mountain, literally. A group of twenty somethings
around a campfire after rock climbing. Without an oven, having only a frying pan and small wrapped pies made from light phyllo pastry, some oil and plenty of filling, all prepared by Sofia and Thomas in Ioanna’s kitchen. Just as their grandfather-one of the best culinary craftsmen of the time - had shown them.
They were simply delightful to us, but we put that down to our hunger. So, we tried them again at home, using unusual ingredients, and even the grandmothers in the neighborhood loved them! Could there be any better seal of approval?! We knew what we had to do- invest in a large freezer!
In 2013, besides the local grandmothers, we started to deliver to bakeries in our area and two years later were entrusted to make pies for one
of the most influential international brands in Greek gastronomy and well-known Greek sweet shops and bakeries. In 2015 we visited the Anuga Food
Expo in Cologne, the world’s largest expo, to try other pies (they didn’t make sense). We got all the confirmation we needed to know that we had
something outstanding in our hands to offer.
If pies were music (which they are!) we would be the rock scene. There’d be classical elements too because we “play” with our grandpa’s outstanding
bougatsa cream pie, amazing herbs, cheese and meat from the Greek mountains. There’s an alternative “sound” though, because we’ve replaced the
heavy traditional phyllo with a more delicate one. There are clearly discernible influences also from the Italian, British and American pop cultures for our ballads (now it makes sense).
A climber, a biker, a canyon trekker -all cooks. Two keen-eyed moms, a hippie turned talented pie production manager...An improbable band of brothers, a family rather, a gang going by the name of Korelas Masterpies.