Vicki Peppos was born in the Greek dominant suburbs of Melbourne’s south east to Greek Australian migrant parents, but spent several memorable years in northern Greece as a child. It was here that her great love affair with organic, seasonal produce was born, and since then has eagerly learned how to make traditional Greek dishes from the women in her family. Vicki has had a successful career in science and finance, but her unrelenting passion for food has made her follow her heart to launch The Sweet Greek, Melbourne’s first exclusively Greek cooking school, to enable her to share the Greek heritage that means so much to her.
The Sweet Greek kitchen & dining space…
After teaching cooking classes at other educational institutions, such as Holmesglen TAFE and CAE in Melbourne, Vicki felt that the next natural progression was to build a kitchen space that was an extension to her kitchen at home.
So The Sweet Greek kitchen was created, in ‘Hellenic Oakleigh’ within walking distance to all things Greek!
The kitchen is well equipped for demo and hands-on cooking classes, has plenty of space and an abundance of natural light.
The dining space in front, seats 14 on a generous family sized table (that Vicki hand created all the mosaic work on), and gets bathed in sunlight on those warm, sunny days – it is here that we finish up our day, enjoying the products of our cooking classes, drinking, talking, laughing and sharing our stories….
There are Greek cookbooks to flick through, yummy Greek produce to ponder upon, authentic Greek kitchenware and all sorts of ‘bits & pieces’ sourced from Greece available for purchase.
We are also currently in the process of registering the kitchen suitable for hire. Details to follow shortly.
But the best part of all is that Vicki’s warm hospitality & generosity leave you with a sense of having experienced something truly special, familiar, unique & definitely Greek!
…Αγάπη και φιλάκια…..xoxox
‘Just opened my copy of the Age ‘Epicure’ and there you are in the bright and beautiful Sweek Greek Dining Room!
Many thanks for a wonderful day of all things Greek on Saturday. Your vast knowledge, enthusiasm and culinary skills kept us entertained and enthralled all day.
The beautiful lunch was a highlight and the leftovers even better the next day!’
- Diane Hollingsworth
‘Thanks Vicki for a great class!
You were very generous with your time & knowledge & an extra thanks for our sample bag with the cinnamon sachet which is one of my favourites spices! Thanks again.’
‘Just wanted to say a big thank you for Saturday, I had the best time in your lovely company and learnt a thing or two! A wonderful way to spend a few hours. My husband couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the size of the goody bag I brought home, all well received I can tell you. The semolina custard pie was even better on Sunday with all that syrup soaked through. Will keep you posted on my Greek cooking escapades and thank you so much again, I really had the best time, you are a perfect host.’
- Sue O’Brien
I love what you are doing, my sweet Manoula always wanted to share
her magic and that is exactly what such delicious talents are!
I wish that I could get on a plane for a visit!!!! Someday!
In the meantime, do you have a Cookbook? If not, please, please, please put one together!
Se Euxaristo Koukla!
Filakia from Seattle, USA.’
‘Thank you so much for showing me techniques that will be lost if we don’t continue to preserve them! I absolutely loved the class, my grandmother would be proud!
Wish you all the success.’
- Helen Sfinidis
‘Firstly, thanks so much for the class. We both really enjoyed it and we learned a lot. Our family is looking forward to sampling the fruits of our labours!
We did make it to the butcher, thank you, and my son was suitably impressed! He thought the loukanika were amazing.
Thank you once again for a really enjoyable day.’
- Robyn Unglik
‘What a fantastic concept you offer! Keep up the good work, we need more of you around who appreciate, support & promote authentic hellenic cooking. Hopefully I’ll visit one day soon.
- Alkistis, Philhellene Provincial Greek Cuisine (Moonee Ponds)
‘I attended your fabulous cookery school during the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. I have made your stuffed lamb wrapped in vine leaves, the roasted potatoes and the cabbage salad once already, and we have a big family dinner coming up tonight where I’ll make them again, so thank you for the great recipes, which all worked beautifully!’
- Norah Breekveldt
“Thank you both for a very interesting and most enjoyable tour today.
We thoroughly enjoyed all of it. All the best with expanding the business! Take care.’
- Rosemary and Alan
‘Just wanted to thank you for the Pita course on 5th June. I found it a really interesting and enjoyable class. And would you believe I have made Pites twice since the class. My family and friends love them!!’
- Angela Zotos
‘We will be leaving soon to return to the States. I’d like to thank The Sweet Greek Cooking school for GREATLY enhancing this 3rd generation Greek American’s cooking abilities. It warms my heart when “my boys” ask me to make your Baklava. Was seriously making it once a week for a long while. My new girth, however, does not thank you at all!’
- Carrie Bouloukos Albro, Michigan USA
‘Thanks Vicki, had a great time (at the Classic Greek Desserts class), already been shopping for ingredients for my new delicacies to be made this week! xxx’
- Helen Moumas
‘Thank you for a very enjoyable day last Sunday.
The Filo Pastry work shop was exactly what I was hoping it would be, informative and hands on.
It was a relaxed atmosphere. I left that day thinking I can do this.
Thank you once again and will be definitely attending some of your other courses.’