Raised in the small village of Gennadi, on the island of Rhodes, Greece, Renula taught her son Philip to cook. With the help of his Aunts (Renula and Vasilia), his Grandmothers (Eleni and Tina) and his sisters (Eleni, Christina, and Vasilia), Philip, the owner of Grape Leaf, A Mediterranean Grill, learned the fine art of preparing traditional Rhodian fare.
Philip states, ''I was lucky enough to watch my mother and relatives work around the table as they spent their days preparing all kinds of traditional Greek foods and pastries. Watching them was almost as much fun as sampling the food as it came out of the oven!'' As he got older his love for cooking grew.
Philip honed his craft as he worked in kitchens and compared Greek foods from restaurants all over the world. Philip designed and built Renula's Greek Kitchen which operated out of Brookline, Needham, and Newton. Perfecting his family's recipes and incorporating all he has learned as the owner of a mobile kitchen, Philip has now opened an establishment in Newton Highlands. Grape Leaf, a Mediterranean Grille, is sure to bring the tastes of Rhodes to you.