George Pagonis is executive chef and partner at Mike Isabella's first Greek restaurant, Kapnos, in Washington, DC. The upscale restaurant put inland Greek cuisine, including daily whole animal roasting, on the map in the nation’s capital when it opened in 2013. Before opening Kapnos, Pagonis served as chef de cuisine at Mike Isabella’s Italian-inspired flagship, Graffiato, also in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Graffiato, Chef George cooked at Aureole in New York under Christophe Bellanca and Marcus Ware. Before that, the fluent Greek-speaker worked at Jose Andres’ Zaytinya, where he first cooked under Mike Isabella. His first tour of duty in a fine dining kitchen was at New York’s Le Cirque. Chef George attended the University of Mary Washington and though he followed that up with a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, he first earned his kitchen stripes at The Four Seasons, a Greek diner owner by his father in an Alexandria, Virginia.
The Latest from George
After the Knife with Richard Blais: Ep 12
George Pagonis discusses his second elimination from this season of Top Chef and his dish that swung for the fences.
The Chefs Cook Family Style: The Dishes
When the chefs are forced to trust their families to cook their appetizers things got harried. See the results.
Cooking Becomes a Family Affair in Boston
The chefs are shocked when their families arrive -- but it's not all fun and games when they are forced together to create to seafood dishes.
Cooking for Andy and to Honor Julia Child
The cheftestants make ramen-worthy of Andy Cohen and his college roomate, then whip up a inspired by Julia Child and to please guest judge Jacques Pepin.
Boston Dishes Worthy of Julia Child
The cheftestants worked to impress Jacques Pepin with dishes inspired by the culinary icon.
Top Chef Gets Sporty and Bookish
The Season 12 chefs tackle a hearty meal for New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski and a literary-inspired Elimination Challenge.
Make George's Cravable Breakfast Sausage
George decided the best way to satisfy New England Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski was with a hearty breakfast. Make it for yourself at home.