Diane Kochilas is a happily married woman and one of the world’s finest specialists in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Vassilis Stenos, her spouse, has been by her side for almost 37 years.

Kochilas and her husband Stenos have two children, a male named Yiorgo and a girl named Kyveli. The celebrity couple, who are parents to two children, want their children to follow in their footsteps and inherit the appropriate values. She even penned a letter to her children with the same purpose, which she posted on her official website.

Diane Kochilas Apologizes to Her Children for Mistakes

On July 13, 2015, the Greek cooking guru startled her admirers, and most likely her children, when she sent an apologetic letter to her children, apologizing for her and her husband’s wrongdoings.

She began the letter by stating that she wrote it from her family’s home on the Greek island of Ikaria, which is notorious for its poverty and misery. She described how she and her husband abandoned their hometown and its beliefs in exchange for monetary gain.

The letter was particularly powerful because of Kochilas’ response to the economic and political turmoil that her birthplace Greece was experiencing at the time, which was caused, at least in part, by her actions.

“The result is Greece’s current state, which is completely septic and broken,” she admitted.

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The mother of two went on to say that she composed the letter to take responsibility for the bad habits she and her husband were instilling in their children. Furthermore, the food columnist revealed in the letter how she bribed public service officials at Piraeus’s Greek customs office to avoid receiving a valid receipt from the marketplace. She then begged her children’s forgiveness for indulging them, failing to instill in them a sense of responsibility, and failing to educate them that every action has a corresponding effect.

The cookbook author concluded the letter by expressing her hope that their children will not make the same mistakes that she and her spouse did. She proposed that they inherit the appropriate values and demand a reboot.

What you’ve inherited is based on deception. Only a reboot can preserve it, and only your generation has the power to demand it because our moral currency has run out. Nonetheless, now that we’re older, presumably wiser, and have some perspective, here’s my Greek mother’s bold advice for putting things right.

Diane Kochilas collaborates with her husband on cookbooks

Kochilas and Stenos have been married for almost four decades, since May 10, 1983, when they exchanged wedding vows. They’ve been together not only as husband and wife but also as business partners since they married. The couple owns and manages Glorious Greek Food, a recreational cooking school on the Blue Zone island of Ikaria.

The married duo has also written a few publications in addition to organizing culinary tours around Greece for foodies, vacationers, and food & beverage professionals. Among their best-selling books are The Food and Wine of Greece: More Than 300 Classic and Modern Dishes from the Mainland and Islands of Greece and The Country Cooking of Greece.

They usually work together as co-authors. In some circumstances, however, the consulting chef writes the book while her husband works part-time as a photo collector to compile photographs of his wife’s recipes to be published alongside the instructions.

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By Meera