Mediterranean Diet Expo

2019 dates to be finalised. Stay tuned for more information.


Two Greek Girls Cooking proudly present a world first – The Mediterranean Diet Expo! A day for all Australians to understand the unique advantages of the traditional Mediterranean food and lifestyle for health and wellbeing. Learn how to COOK – EAT – LIVE for chronic disease reduction in our community, by following the easy and delicious Mediterranean diet.

Dietitians Desi Carlos and Lisa Peterson of Two Greek Girls Cooking showcase a fantastic day at Brisbane’s Greek Club, where you can taste, learn and explore the scientifically proven Mediterranean diet and learn all about our Mediterranean culture and approach to life. Our passion is to help all Australians cook, eat and live simply and healthily with a wonderful Mediterranean diet rich in flavour and nutrients.

We have presentations from a wide range of medical experts, as well as a range of stalls to learn more about eating well for health and a long life. We hone in on the benefits of this diet for preventing diabetes, cancer, heart problems, brain diseases, digestive and blood disorders and promoting total body health from specialists in their fields.

Far from being just a health seminar, this is a total immersion in the wonders of Mediterranean living. We give you the chance to try some amazing local Greek produce for yourself with a selection of food stalls and the Greek Club’s restaurant Taverna offering deliciously healthy Greek food, wine and coffee. We also have a range of wonderful speakers and entertainers ready to welcome you into the Greek community. In true Mediterranean style, we offer plenty of fun with live Greek music, Hellenic Dancers and a Greek DJ.

If you are a young Greek or Mediterranean, it’s a great opportunity to reignite your heritage and revisit the simple, traditional diet of your grandparents, now recognised as the optimal way of eating for disease prevention and longevity.

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enjoying the mediterranean diet

Renowned Speakers

Dr David M Colquhoun


Consultant Cardiologist at the Wesley Private Hospital and Greenslopes Private Hospital and Medical Director of CORE Research Unit. Associate Professor David Colquhoun is a cardiologist in clinical practice and is actively involved in research. He is the President of the Queensland branch of the National Heart Foundation of Australia (NHFA); a member of the Scientific Committee of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM); a member of the Scientific Committee of the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation; and Co-President of the Clinical and Preventive Cardiology Council of the Cardiac Society of Australian and New Zealand (CSANZ). He was chief author of the 2008 NHFA Statement on omega-3 fatty acids and heart disease. This was updated in 2015.

Dorothea Vallianos

Clinical Psychologist

BPsych (Hons), MClinPsych, M.A.P.S
Dorothea Vallianos, is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience. She works with children, adolescents, adults and the elderly during times of transition, loss, doubt, uncertainty and crisis. Dorothea holds a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, and a Masters in Clinical Psychology was conferred in 1995. She is a Member of APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Her breadth of experience has included being a regular guest speaker and host on 96.5FM Talking Life, providing workplace, community and school-based programs and contributing to books, newspapers and magazines. She utilises evidence-based therapy with a focus on compassion, providing an emotionally safe space; identifying and exploring strength and problem areas; establishing goals and sourcing courage to initiate positive, effective changes.

Andrea Kazoullis


BSc, MPhil, GCHEd.
Andrea is a PhD candidate with the School of Dentistry at the University of Queensland. She also lectures at the school of Dentistry. Andrea has been involved in the publication of several studies involving oral health and oral microbiol. She was awarded Master of Philosophy for her research into differential gene expression associated with immune response pathways to oral candida albicans infection. Andrea is of proud Greek heritage, and is a serving member of the Australasian Hellenic Education Progressive Association.

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Dr Chrys Michaelides

General Practitioner

Dr Michaelaedis is a UQ graduate GP working in Brisbane. He has a special interest in the management of chronic diseases and has been running structured miniclinic diabetes care since 1988. Has been involved in multi-disciplinary diabetes programmes at a community level since the early 1990’s. On numerous advisory boards dealing with GP education for the development of programmes to help optimise outcomes for GPs and patients through a structured care model. His current model of care is the fully integrated team approach of chronic disease management.

Desi Carlos & Lisa Peterson

Authors, Dietitians & Nutritionists

Desi BAppSc, Grad Dip NutrDietet and Lisa BHsc (Hons) are Accredited Practicing Dietitians and Nutritionists working in private Practice at Tree of Life Nutrition. Together they are Two Greek Girls Cooking, and authors of Mediterranean Eating - Cook, Eat, Live. Their combined 30 years experience has inspired them to embrace the traditions of their Mediterranean heritage to enable all Australians to live a healthier and longer life.
Desi has over 26 years of experience in Dietetics. Her special interest areas include Gastrointestinal disorders including IBS and Coeliac Disease, PCOS, Allergies and Intolerances, Chronic Disease management, Weight, Cholesterol and Diabetes management. She is the resident dietitian at 97.3FM and also has regular appearances on television.
Lisa is also the Principal Dietitian at Weight Management Psychology. Lisa has completed ANZMOSS and DAA training in Medical Nutrition Therapy in Bariatric Surgery. Her special interests include Bariatric Nutrition, Eating disorders, Weight management, Gastrointestinal issues, Diabetes, Heart disease, Food allergies and Intolerances.

dr lyndal white

Dr Lyndal J White

Consultant Psychiatrist

Lyndall White is a Consultant Psychiatrist in private practice at Belmont Private Hospital. She has a special interest in Perinatal Mental Health and Education. She is a member of the Reference Group for the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health. She is chair of the Special Interest Group in Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry of the Queensland Branch Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Lyndall is the immediate past President of the Australasian Branch of the International Marcé Society.

wade innes

Wade Innes

Exercise Physiologist

BExSS, MClinExP,
Wade Innes has spent over a decade working in the health and fitness industry. Wade currently provides community based exercise interventions for veterans and people with disabilities. He has experience in a variety of settings including gyms, hospitals and universities. His special interests include injury rehab, mental health and pulmonary disease.

bico anastasas

MC: Mr Bico Athanasas

Honorary Secretary of the Consulate General of Greece in Brisbane

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