Cyprus the star in latest edition of ‘Star Foodies’ cooking show – Toronto Sun

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Rita DeMontis

Christina-Laia Vlahos of the Canadian-based Star Foodies series interviews executive chef Russell Auckbaraullee, owner of Penthouse Catering, for an episode of her show
Christina-Laia Vlahos of the Canadian-based Star Foodies series interviews executive chef Russell Auckbaraullee, owner of Penthouse Catering, for an episode of her show Photo by supplied /Star Foodies

Following the success of the Canadian-based Star Foodies cooking and entertaining show, host Christina-Laia Vlahos has ventured into her fourth successful season of her national series – and this time, the tall, statuesque food lover visits the island of Cyprus, where she scours the land for mouth-watering dishes while interviewing local talent.

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The half hour travel, entertainment and cooking show, features host and creator Vlahos interviewing celebrities about lifestyle and food – her favourite subjects, she says. The premise of the show is simple, yet unique: Vlahos travels to various spots to interview top celebrities and then brings back to Canada a personal recipe to be reproduced by Canadian chefs.

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The first season saw the vivacious TV personality scouring Athens to look for top talent in the Greek capital before returning to Toronto to recreate their go-to recipes with Canadian chefs. She’s also celebrated the holidays back home in Canada and now she is showcasing the multi-level food scene in Cyprus, where she chats with the locals about personal recipes, projects and what it’s like living on the island.

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Her latest season includes visiting ancient markets, cafes, thousand-year-old castles plus beachfronts and boardwalks – with food being the great equalizer among the sites. Along the way, Vlahos interviews local personalities and stars, including actor Richard Chevolleau, Olympic athletes Maria Papadopoulou and Milan Trajkovic, and musician Stella Georgiadou to name just a few. Dishes she’ll be recreating include a special snail dish, cabbage rolls, moussaka and a variety of desserts Cyprus is famous for.

Not bad for a young woman who dreamed of creating her own show and bringing it to fruition all on her own. Vlahos was born in Toronto to a Greek-Canadian family, and her background includes a double degree in mass communications and political science. While studying Spanish in Málaga, she was nicknamed “gringlish girl,” which she adopted as her nickname – and is the name of her website.

“Star Foodies began as a national multilingual/multicultural TV series which has grown and evolved into a mainstream show representing Canada’s diversity,” said Vlahos in a recent media release. Star Foodies is available on OMNI 1, OMNI BC and OMNI AB; check www.omnitv.ca/on/en/shows/star-foodies ; https://gringlishgirl.com for additional details. @starfoodiestvshow.

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