Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network, Greece

Nikki Rose is a Greek American professional chef, writer and seminar director living in Crete. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in fine dining, culinary education, journalism and sustainable tourism projects around the world. Rose has published over 100 articles and contributed to books, academic conferences and mentor programs, TV and radio programs focusing on cuisine, heritage preservation and sustainable tourism Rose frequently speaks at international conferences and is a global adviser for sustainable tourism/culinary heritage projects. Rose’s recent published papers: Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Food and Gastronomy; and Cambridge Scholars, Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism. Rose’s book, “Crete: The Roots of the Mediterranean Diet,” highlights over 15 years of her work in Crete.

Rose is founder of Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries, an award-winning program for best practices in Responsible Travel. Rose formed CCS in 1997 to help provide tangible support to residents working on action programs to protect their cultural and natural heritage. Teachers in the CCS Network include resident university professors, archaeologists, botanists, ecologists/mountaineers, professional chefs, fishers, organic farmers-producers, vintners and sustainable tourism/community-based tourism practitioners. CCS organizes a range of dynamic seminars for academic institutions, health and tourism professionals and has hosted over 3,000 students, teachers and researchers to date.

Rose/CCS has received numerous awards from National Geographic, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN-World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development, World Travel and Tourism Council, and is featured in National Geographic, NPR, WSJ, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, Archaeology Magazine, Australian Gourmet Traveller, France 24, TV New Zealand, and O’Globo Brasil.

by Nikki Rose