Restaurateur, sometime actor, author, musician and boat enthusiast. Born of a Greek father from Kalamata and Welsh mother, Dimitri took his stage name ‘Kissoff’ from the unseen Russian Premier in Stanley Kubrick’s film Dr. Strangelove – strange choice; as his real surname is long, Greek, ends in ‘…opoulos’ and is unpronounceable to anyone but native Greeks.
As an actor, Dimitri has appeared in films, on TV commercials and corporate videos – often as an Eastern Mediterranean chip shop owner – typecast. His most notable role was the part of Eddie the PC who arrested the horrid Alan Bradley on ‘Coronation Street’.
Dimitri has written a novel, ‘The Totnes Monster which has confused many who have tried to read it. It’s also available as an audio book in which Dimitri narrated all the characters including the great whale. He’s played bass guitar in spoof rock ‘n roll band ‘Drive-in Rock’ and has climbed Greece’s Mount Olympus – home of the Gods; but he sadly failed to secure any introductions. Most notably he’s been running restaurants in Manchester serving authentic Mediterranean food for over 25 years. Since his uncle took him to his first Greek Meze bar as a youngster his love of Greek style cuisine has continued to grow.
For Dimitri there’s nothing better than a glass of wine and a variety of dishes – a meze; to tickle the taste buds. This concept is taken one step further on ‘Peter Andre’s Greek Odyssey’ which, just like his restaurant, is authentic, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously – as long as Dimitri wins the series food taste challenge that is!