Mykonos Olive Oil Tasting was created by Anita Zachou following her passion for nature, olive oil, and a healthy lifestyle. She was born and raised in Athens - Greece but spent almost all her childhood vacation in Kalamata (South of Peloponnese), her mother's homeland. Since she can remember herself she was playing around or climbing on some of the millions of olive trees of the Messinian land creating a special bond with them. When she finished school it came so naturally for her to study Agronomy. She was so curious to learn how nature really works and how she could contribute to this amazing process. Her great passion for gastronomy and good olive oil led her to seek deeper knowledge and become a professional Olive Oil Taster in 2012.
Later on, she was granted a scholarship by the International Olive Council to attend the most prestigious course in the world on olive oil tasting at the University of Jaen in Spain, from which she holds the title of Expert in Virgin Olive Oil Tasting.
She believes that learning to taste, select and pair olive oil with food is one of the most valuable pieces of knowledge that one can offer himself since olive oil is not only a main culinary ingredient consumed every day but a unique & precious health & wellness elixir.
Anita is also a Certified Holistic Life & Wellness Coach and a HeartMath Licensed Mentor. She is a Member of: the Italian Association of Olive Oil Tasters (ONAOO), the Spanish Olive Oil Gastronomy Academy, the International Coach Federation, and the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization. She participates as a judge in various International Olive Oil Competitions.
Anita loves helping people become the best version of themselves, achieve their goals and live their lives with more health, wellness, beauty, fulfillment and happiness.
After twenty years in the corporate world, she decided to leave behind her training career in natural cosmetics in Athens and move to Mykonos, where she lives all year round, to follow her calling for teaching & coaching people on how they can live a healthier and longer life with a full heart.
Aiming to inspire & train as many consumers, culinary professionals, kids and guests as she can on how to appreciate, select and consume Extra Virgin Olive Oil of great quality she has founded Mykonos Olive Oil Tasting in 2018.
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Consuming olive oil of good quality is not a luxury, it's your everyday right to health & wellness, it's an act