Mary Platis, food writer and culinary teacher, discovered her passion for olive oil after visiting the Greek island Kythera. Mary’s Greek heritage introduced her to healthy and seasonal cooking, and now she shares her own recipes with culinary students, California Greek Girl readers and, of course, her family. As an avid gardener, her inspiration for recipes and writing begins with a morning walk through her seasonal garden. She is the mother of three grown children and lives in San Diego, California with her husband and dog, Hershey.

Mary is currently a culinary teacher in the Southern California Region. Active as the olive oil spokesperson for Bragg Live Foods©, and owner of The Greek Gourmet© catering for more than 25 years. Mary and her recipes have been featured in a number of publications. including Olive Oil Times, Greek - American Magazine, October Unprocessed, Melissa’s Produce, and Meatless Mondays among others – and on Dr. John Westerdahl’s Health and Longevity Talk Show on Life Talk, and Author’s Corner with Neil Haley on Total Education.


Mary keeps busy as a culinary teacher,

cookbook author, and recipe developer. She recently completed her first book, "Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil".  She teaches, speaks, and writes about the Greek lifestyle and diet. She completed the program at UC Davis as a certified "Olive Oil Taster". She is involved in the olive oil industry and teaches olive oil tasting. Author and creator of her long-standing cooking blog, California Greek Girl. Mary sits on the board of the Les Dames d’ Escoffier San Diego Chapter, IACP and is a member of the Publisher and Writers of San Diego.

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