Our Chef's Story

September 13, 2023 at 5:00 AM

At The Black Olive, our culinary excellence is deeply rooted in the traditions and recipes passed down through generations. At the heart of our kitchen is Pauline Spiliadis, the executive chef whose journey to culinary mastery is a testament to the power of tradition, family, and passion.

### Learning from the Best

Pauline’s journey began in her own home, where she learned the art of cooking from her mother-in-law and husband. These early lessons were filled with love, tradition, and the rich flavors of ancestral cuisine. Through trial and error, Pauline began to develop her own confidence in the kitchen, eventually crafting unique menu items that would become the hallmark of The Black Olive.

### A Culinary Innovator

Although Pauline has retired from the daily demands of the kitchen, her sharp palate and time-tested recipes remain the cornerstone of The Black Olive. Her ability to innovate while honoring traditional flavors has inspired our menu and helped define our restaurant’s identity.

Pauline’s recipes are based on ancestral cuisine that traveled from Asia Minor, carried by a humble refugee who preserved these flavors through the hardships of World War II. Bringing this ancestral cuisine back to its glory is our mission at The Black Olive, and Pauline’s culinary wisdom is at the heart of this endeavor.

### Signature Dishes

Pauline’s talent shines through in every dish, from the most beautiful breads to exquisite desserts and savory specialties. One of her standout creations is the Village Pie, a rustic take on spanakopita that harkens back to a time before factory-made filo dough. Another beloved classic is the savory bread pudding, made with our sourdough bread, mushrooms, leeks, and sheep’s milk cheese—a timeless Black Olive favorite.

### A Legacy of Excellence

Under Pauline’s direction, our chef de cuisine, Marta, has flawlessly continued the tradition of excellence in our kitchen. Marta’s dedication and skill are a testament to Pauline’s influence and mentorship, and we look forward to sharing Marta’s story in an upcoming blog post.

### Conclusion

Pauline Spiliadis’s journey to culinary excellence is a story of learning, innovation, and a deep respect for tradition. Her recipes, rooted in the rich culinary heritage of Asia Minor, have become the soul of The Black Olive. As we continue to honor and celebrate this ancestral cuisine, we invite you to experience the timeless flavors and traditions that Pauline has so lovingly preserved and perfected.


Stay tuned for more stories and insights from The Black Olive, as we continue to explore and celebrate the legacy of our beloved executive chef, Pauline Spiliadis, and the culinary traditions that inspire us every day.