cooking & baking retreat

25th of August - 28th of August


There’s something special about the feeling of seeing a season slowly coming to an end and leaving place to another. Summer is all about light meals shared and eaten outside with friends; the essence of food is at its purest state and cooking becomes just a question of assembling the best ingredients together, leaving the good extra virgin olive oil doing all the rest.

It’s the time of wild figs growing spontaneously amidst the rocks, warm sunny mornings spent on the beach, Greek hamlets discovery and late evening sunset aperitifs by the pool. Join us for this incredible workshop, open to all levels, from food enthusiasts to professionals Yossy Arefi and Allegra Pomilio will host a small group of participants in order to allow everybody to learn and practice as much as possible.
You will be cooking, baking, relaxing and exploring while tasting authentic flavours, meeting extraordinary people and discovering the island of Andros, in the tranquility and luxury of Mèlisses. Our lovely Chef Yossy Arefi will teach you how to prepare homemade seasonal dishes, with local ingredients combining them beautifully. Allegra will take you visiting local producers, little villages across the island; introducing you to one of the most beautiful and secret beaches of Andros, and spoiling you with freshly cooked delicacies in a picturesque old beach house.

Here’s some more practical information about the workshop:


Mèlisses, Andros, Greece.


August 25th of August- 28th of August.

Check in: from 10 am onwards;

Check out: by 12 pm onwards.

Our Hosts:

Yossy Arefi is a Brooklyn based photographer and food stylist. She is the author of Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season, Ten Speed Press, Spring 2016. She also writes the award winning blog Apt. 2B Baking Co. which celebrates seasonal baking and preserving.Her work has been featured in T Magazine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Modern Farmer and Pure Green Magazine, among others. What a great honour to have her here at Mèlisses!

Allegra Pomilio our culinary host has been working in the field for many years. She assisted and spent time in Mimi Thorisson’s kitchen, in the heart of the French countryside. She spent two years honing her skills, studying at the Alain Ducasse Academy, as well as attending many prestigious Italian chef’s classes. Her photography and visual art background studies combined with her passion for food found perfect balance in Andros. Greece is her second home and Mèlisses is her continuous source of inspiration, gathering like minded people together to discover the wonders of the island, each time, under a different perspective.

Letitia Clark is a trained chef turned home-cook, illustrator, and writer. Her various kitchen jobs subsequently included head baker, pastry chef and chef-de-partie at Spring, pastry chef and chef-de-partie at Ellory (now Leroy) and grill chef at Morito, Hackney.At the moment she lives between Sardinia and England and she’s currently working on her first (illustrated!) recipe book, Bitter Honey, which will be published in Spring 2020, as well as a book of food cartoons. 

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What’s included in our workshop:

  • 4 days & 3 nights accommodation at Mèlisses;

  • All meals during the workshop (3 dinners, 3 lunches, 4 breakfasts, aperitivos/snacks, drinks & refreshments);

  • Daily cooking and baking classes, hands on practices;

  • All activities and excursions, including transfers on the island to and from the house,


  • Visits of Andros’ most beautiful villages;

  • Getting to know and documenting local producers;

  • Allegra’s Italian cooking masterclass;

  • Yossy’s cooking and baking masterclasses;

  • Full day excursion and lunch “en plain air” in a secluded beach;

  • Meal in a local taverna.

What’s not included:

Airfare and/or Transportation to & from the island.


At Mèlisses, everything is aimed to endorse the local flora and fauna; the house is located in the exclusive and majestic bay of Paleopoli. There, underwater, you can still see the old city, once the main harbour of Andros. The bay is opposite the extraordinary scenery of Ghiaros’ island, which is still today considered legendary and protected for its marine wildlife.

The property is completely isolated with its private access to the sea. All around the house there is quietness and peace. The property has been realised by the best team of landscape designers and architects, completely respecting the surroundings by using local plants and rough stones, creating a continuous harmony with the environment. Mèlisses is surrounded by crystal waters and countryside, where wild figs and grapes grow uninhibited, together with plenty of fruit trees and its own vegetable garden.

Not to mention the elegantly thought interior design, a mixture of Hellenic antique furniture combined with a hint of Italian extravaganza.The outdoor area is designed to seduce all guests thanks to its breathtaking sea view.
Enjoy a good swim in the crystal waters of the sea or in one of its natural sea water pools while relaxing under the pergola shade, pampered by the Aegean breeze.

This is Mèlisses.



Please consult our Mèlisses’ guidelines here for all details and extra assistance.


The Sea Urchin suite (workshop + private accommodation) BOOKED

  • single occupancy: 2160,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1520,00 €

The Red Mullet suite (workshop + private accommodation) BOOKED

  • single occupancy: 2160,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1520,00 €

The Coral Apartment (workshop + private bedroom, shared common areas) 

-Master Bedroom BOOKED

  • single occupancy: 1920,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1360,00 €

-Bunk beds

  • single occupancy: 1720,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1200,00 €

 The Oyster Rooms (workshop + private bedroom, shared common areas) 

-Room one 

  • single occupancy: 1920,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1360,00 €

-Room two 

  • single occupancy: 1920,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1360,00 €


Please know that due to nature of the event, there will be no refunds or cancellations. So please ensure you are able to attend before registering. Please contact us for any additional information

Booking & contacts:

If you wish to reserve your spot, please email us at 

NB: Deposit of 50% will be needed for registration and a final payment will be due June 30th, 2019.


See you soon ! xx

ph credits: Reneè Kemps; Yossy Arefi; Ingrid Hofstra.

* NB: Andros is one of the largest islands in the Cyclades, all participants will be driven by us on 4x4 cars, as some roads may be not paved. A little bit of adventure is what we love!

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