Argiro Barbarigou

Chef - Founder of Papadakis Restaurant

If ever a human being was destined to bottle and export the essence of Greek food abroad, it is Argiro Barbarigou.

With boundless energy and enthusiasm, she embraces the mantle of Greece’s culinary ambassador, extolling the virtues of Greek cuisine and the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet at events around the globe. In 2014 she joined fellow Greek chefs and companies for a culinary presentation to The United States Congress.

In September 2016 she delivered a keynote address entitled “The Emergence of Greek Cuisine on the Global Food Stage at the WorldChefs Congress and Expo in Thessaloniki. And in 2017, Argiro was named Ambassador of Aegean Cuisine by the European Commission which designated the Southern Aegean as European Region of Gastronomy for 2019.

Greek celebrity chef Argiro Barbarigou designed a life, career and brand from the Greek kitchen.

Starting on her native Paros, she credits her mother for teaching her not just the techniques, but the soul of Greek cooking, a love she’d share in countless unforgettable moments with millions of fans and customers. In the mid-90’s she opened Papadakis on Paros to great acclaim, luring megayachts, locals and tourists in search of Argiro’s farm-to-fabulous, sea-to-sensational dishes served up at the water’s edge of Naoussa’s picturesque port.

From there she’d expand her gastronomical prowess by studying French cuisine in London and Paris. Today that culinary journey culminates at her second wildly successful Papadakis restaurant, set at the foothills of Mt. Lycabettus in the heart of Athens. Celebrity fans like Jean Paul Gauthier, Carla Bruni and Pierce Brosnan dine alongside the Greek power set and globetrotters. Many say they first came for Argiro’s signature cuisine, but they return for her authenticity and infectious personality.

A prolific cookbook author, host and publisher, Argiro earned her way to becoming Greece's highest-rated television chef and top-grossing cookbook author.

She periodically publishes magazines and her Greek website argiro.gr enjoys millions of global visitors for her recipes and videos, making Argiro one of the most sought after celebrity brand endorsements for food and cookware companies.

Argiro unconditionally answers the call to humanitarianism with her time, expertise and celebrity, pro-bono, to notable Greek causes, including the One Greece campaign which raised funds for Greece’s economic recovery at The Hellenic Initiative inaugural gala in New York City, where she presided as guest celebrity chef for honorary chair President Bill Clinton and donors. Other contributions include spokesperson for the Global Aids Campaign, motivational speaker for female inmates in Greece’s correctional system and mentoring chef for Greece’s orphans and foster children in her role as Ambassador of SOS Children’s Villages Greece.