Iraklis Mpakalis - EXECUTIVE CHEF

Iraklis Mpakalis


Iraklis Bakalis was born in Piraeus to Asia Minor and is a graduate of the cooking department of the School of Tourism Professions of Heraklion.

Since 1997, when he had his first contact with the kitchen, he has worked in five-star hotels throughout Greece, in companies such as Grecotel, Aldemar, Atlantica, Divani and Mitsis, as well as in a number of well-known a la carte restaurants in Athens. He regularly attends seminars related to his specialty and has specialized in the field of hotel-themed restaurants, with an emphasis on Mexican, Asian and Italian cuisine.
Recently he decided to deal with cooking, the art of photography as a food stylist and food photographer and is the owner of the page 1000 Words Photo Studio.
Today he works as Executive Chef at the Mitsis Faliraki Beach Hotel & Spa while also undertaking consulting in restaurants and events. Since 2015 he is also a professor of culinary arts at ANKO Rhodes, teaching both in the fast-paced departments and in IEK departments. In 2019 he curated the new department Garde Manger - Cold cuisine which is the newest department that frames the range of specialties of the school on gastronomy.