Pancreatic Cancer UK partners with The Real Greek
We are delighted to be partnering with Pancreatic Cancer UK this year in memory of our wonderful colleague, Christos.
Throughout our lives, if we’re lucky, we get to interact with a few very special people.
Our Operations Director, Christos Karatzenis was one of those rare, gifted people. He was the heart and soul of The Real Greek behind the scenes, a true leader who loved his job and was respected by all.
Christos took his first steps in the business in the early 80’s in his family-owned restaurant in the centre of Athens at the age of 16. About 30 years on, after new restaurants, awards and business ventures, he found himself in London and The Real Greek, due to ‘fate’ as he liked to put it. The Real Greek became his passion and he made it his mission to bring the taste of Greece and original Greek hospitality to every person dining in our restaurants.
Christos felt like a true Greek ‘father’ to everyone working in our restaurants. He was always pushing for excellence, whilst being fair and loving at the same time. In true Greek style, he could be loud and fun, but also reserved and reflective, always considering the customers best interests- he would organise yearly research trips for the whole managerial team to Greece, for inspiration and sourcing of authentic ingredients to make our dishes with.
Sadly, in March 2020, Christos lost a very short and unfair battle with pancreatic cancer, leaving us unexpectedly…
To honour the memory of our beloved Christos, who’s loss was devastating to us, we have partnered with Pancreatic Cancer UK. A new dish has been added to our menu, a delicious Pork Skewer- which was Christos’ favourite Greek delicacy – from which, 25p for each dish ordered, will be donated directly to the charity.
We hope that our support through orders of our Pork Skewers, will help transform the future for people affected by the disease. We hope that in the near future, the prognosis of the disease will change and the percentages of people surviving this disease will rise and we believe that together we can help bring that change forward!
In loving memory of Christos Karatzenis
1966 – 2020