Dimitra Alfred & Martha Stais

Martha was born in Australia, which is surprising to most who know her as she has such a strong tie with Greece. Her parents were of the first Greeks to migrate to Australia in the early 1900s from the island of Kythera in the south of Greece. Martha had a strict Greek upbringing, which instilled in her a deep love for her Greek heritage including language and the cuisine, which she has passed on to her three daughters.

Martha and her youngest daughter Dimitra have been cooking together for over 40 years. Dimitra remembers watching her mother cook her favourite dish of Spanankopitta (spinach pie) every Saturday afternoon and the three sisters would fight for the crusty corners of the freshly baked pie. Dimitra firmly believes the aromas emanating from her mother’s kitchen and the strong sense of sharing food with family and friends led her to pursue a career in the food industry.

Dimitra’s own passion for food has led her to owning a café, writing for various publications including the Australian Women’s Weekly, Woman’s Day and Australian Good Taste magazines, writing and contributing to various cookbooks, catering and now, teaching children how to cook as part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

Martha is an intuitive cook with a wealth of experience, and Dimitra is always learning from her. The two get together every week to cook, share a meal, and invariably chat about food.

Dimitra Alfred & Martha Stais