Gogo Papadionisou, or, Mamatsita, as she is affectionately known throughout Greece, certainly lives up to her name, which, loosely translated means; Mom-on-the-go, Mom-on-the-move, busy, busy, busy!
Be it cooking up Greek delights for her adorable family, creating mouth-watering recipes for her successful blog, Mamatsita, or appearing on her own cooking show, ”Let’s Eat Together”, aired weekly on Greek national TV, Gogo never stops.
Gogo grew up in Loutraki, amongst the simmering pots and pans of her parents’ restaurant, where her beady eyes never missed a thing, she knew the exact moment the juicy lamb chops would be removed from the grill, before being allowed to burn, she knew that extra pinch of salt meant the difference between a dish being bland or tasty. Secrets, that little did she know then, were to help her in later life.
While Gogo was still very young, her family left Loutraki for Athens; the bustling Capital of Greece, where Gogo studied, gaining a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts (a major in PR and a minor in Journalism.) To fund her studies, from the age of nineteen, Gogo became the first Greek woman to be a certified trader on the Athens stock exchange, a fact Gogo is very proud of, and rightly so!
Then, as does happen, Gogo fell in love, married and had two beautiful children. Trading on the stock exchange, the late hours, the stress, began to take its toll. Gogo realized she was missing her daughter’s first steps in life and decided to slow down, to leave the demanding life of a trader and concentrate on her family; her life changed gear.
No way though, was Gogo about to let it to come to a standstill. While at home, looking after her babies, Gogo noticed how many cooking shows there were on TV, and thought “I can do that”, and she did!
Drawing on her past experiences from her parents’ restaurant, Gogo created nutritious, simple recipes, using fresh, local produce, easily followed by busy, working moms.
Not for Gogo, even though they are delicious, the gourmet dishes served in top Athens restaurants, nor was Gogo interested in gathering Michelin stars, but in easy to prepare, wholesome, simple, tasty dishes, which she shared on her blog.
Slowly but surely, through her blog, from cooking on the streets for Greek feasts and celebrations, from showing off her cooking skills in hotels and busy shopping malls, and, of course, through her weekly cooking show, Gogo, has become known and loved all over Greece.