As you can probably tell from the pic above, as far as working weeks go, the week we spent at The Peligoni Club was not bad... Actually, it was pretty epic!!
We were invited by the lovely team at The Peligoni Club to spend a week in one of their villas and cook for guests at the club.
The Peligoni Club is "a barefoot boutique beach club" hidden among the North Eastern shores of Zakynthos in Greece. Sounds awful, hey?! Peligoni aims to be a home-from-home in the sun - you book one of the surrounding villas through the team and with this you're given membership to the club.
On the first night we arrived weary from travelling...you know when you're knackered and can't quite take in your surroundings?! It was an early start for the EasyJet flight and a twisty drive from the island's airport, but after a few hours at the club, Gatwick felt a lifetime away.
We stayed at the villa Alico. We were excited when we saw the infinity pool, but when we found out the villa also came with a pizza oven we couldn't believe our luck (Jack's lifetime ambition is to own a pizza oven).
We had a day to relax and enjoy the island before strapping on our aprons. We drove to the local supermarket and picked up lots of lovely local produce to go on our pizzas and a few bottles of local wine, stopping on the way to a roadside BBQ for some epic Souvlaki. This place didn't look anything special but it didn't disappoint!
The next day we prepared canapes for the evening; amazingly fresh sea bass cerviche, rolled courgettes stuffed with feta, manouri and pinapple and a little mini kebab with local village sausage. It was then time to board the Peligoni's very own yacht - The Odyssey, where we hosted a drinks reception and served up our canapes to a lovely group of guests from the club. They went down an absolute treat - we like to thank wasn't entirely to do with the copious amounts of prosecco!!
Another day off, so after spending the morning catching up on emails we drove to Art & Wine Winery in Maries. This was a really special place and we'd recommend it if you find yourself on the island. It's home to - you guessed it - a winery, but also a workshop, where artist Giannis Giatras works on the most incredible Byzantine art. His wife Despoiana, showed us some of his work and then took us on a tour of the vineyard before we tried some of their wines. We brought back a few bottles and some incredible fig syrup for our dessert at our supper club the following night.
For our supper club, we'd planned a Greek-inspired menu, with with mini kebabs to start, courgettes, frozen feta and seeds, pork belly and watermelon with crispy squid for main, and our favourite course - a pudding of figs, honeycomb, black olive and Manouri - a local cheese (with that incredible fig syrup).
We had the most incredible week, ate some incredible food, met some lovely people and even got a couple of days to put our feet up! If this looks like paradise to you check out the guys at Peligoni here and maybe we'll see you there next year!
Everyone was really thrilled with how it all went and the food was delicious - Billy and Jack were both amazing hosts!
Lucy Simmonds, Business Development | Marketing | PR , Peligoni Club