Just a couple of days ago, we celebrated Kitchen Lab Café’s birthday together and the other day, my amazing team and I received the best present you could have ever given us for its one year anniversary! The best brunch in Athens Award, which was given to us on Monday during the Tasty Awards Ceremony! This was one of the two awards all of you offered us… because we also received the Best Burger in Athens Award! You see, according to your opinion, the best burger in town can be found at Burger AP! and you know what? The fact that the first burger was made in Burger AP’s kitchen just a few months ago… makes this award even more special for us. Why? Because it is clear that you were struck by love at first…. bite! ;-)
Our awards feeling at home at Kitchen Lab ;-)
I’d like to share these special moments with you in this Diary…
Upon reaching the beautiful space at Zoumboulakis Galleries, I had the feeling that my friends and I were going to have an amazing experience. This feeling didn’t take long to be proven correct, since the evening began with the announcement for the winner of the Best Brunch in Athens Award!
Aview of the space the ceremony took place..
On my way to the stage to receive the award, a thousand images passed in front of my eyes… Images from the time when Kitchen Lab didn’t even have tiles, let alone a kitchen! When the menu was only real inside my mind…. And yet, in such a small amount of time, all of this was created – and by the looks of things, we did a good job! The same exact feelings rose inside of me when my team and I went up on stage all together, to receive the Best Burger in Athens Award.
On stage with Kitchen Lab's team to recieve the Best Brunch in Athens Award.
Burger AP"s team on stage to recieve the Best Burger in Athens Award.
Holding these two awards in my hands and looking at them as I’m writing these words… I realize that they both mean so much to my colleagues and myself, for three reasons – or at least I can only think of three reasons at this moment:
- Definitely because they were awarded to us from the people and not by an award committee. The people or customers are the ones that are able to let you know if you are doing a good job or not. The people’s opinion is then also supported (or not) by the experts in the particular field. The result is made in the following way: 70% comes from the people’s vote and 30% comes from the experts.
- Also because the competition is very high in this field! There are undoubtedly many unique places in Athens were one can find high quality flavors.
- And last, but not least, because they prove that hard work, doing a good job, creating something with love, giving good energy to what you do and constantly striving to improve yourself – none of these things are done in vain!
Everyone happily holding both awards.
Coworkers and friends.... This is the best... recipe for success!!
Here we are happily receiving our awards for the evening. The following day we shared this joy with the teams at Kitchen Lab Bistro and Burger AP. They may not have been able to attend the Award Ceremony on Monday night but they are a part of it and helped us get here!
For these three reasons, all of us here at Kitchen Lab Café and Burger AP received these awards with open arms, just like we receive all of your comments, whether positive or negative, because they can only help us do a better job! This is exactly the bet we make with ourselves: To become better and better every day and always try to surpass ourselves… and your expectations! Create new paths in the world of flavors – flavors that come from listening to the world’s preferences and that follow the rhythm of the city! A city that is constantly trying and testing new and innovative things…. and is hungry for more! All of this, my friends, we can only do in one way: By having all of you by our side! Because the people are the soul, character and mouth… of any space, town or city.
Thank you again for all of your love, trust and support – not just from me but from everyone here who helped make Kitchen Lab and Burger AP two of the tastiest - award winning - spots in Athens!!!!
All of the evening's winners together.