Founder & Director
Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Network
Nikki Rose is a Greek American cultural-culinary seminar director, professional chef and journalist living in Crete, Greece. She is founder of Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network, an award-winning “school without walls.” Rose formed CCS in 1997 to help provide tangible support to residents working on action programs to protect their cultural-natural heritage. CCS is an all-local network of over 50 small businesses and individuals organizing accredited study tours for academic institutions and professionals covering culture, organic agriculture, agroecology, nature and cuisine. CCS has received awards from National Geographic, the United Nations CBD, WTTC, and many other organizations. Ms. Rose is also a global adviser for responsible travel/culinary heritage projects and featured in major media outlets and academic publications. She is author of “Crete: The Roots of the Mediterranean Diet," and is working on a documentary highlighting Heritage Protectors in Crete.