Chef Profile


Pano Karatassos
Executive Chef

Pano I. Karatassos has an inherent passion for food. Before his training in California and New York, Pano cooked in his father’s Atlanta restaurants since he was 16. From his experience at Pano’s & Paul’s, to The Fish Market at Lenox Square, to 103 West, Pano learned the basic fundamentals of cooking. Pano graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1996, and from Florida International University (FIU) in 1993 with a degree in Hospitality Management, following coursework at Florida State University.

Prior to assuming the role of Executive Chef at Kyma and leadership within Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Pano worked at prestigious restaurants around the country. He spent one year as Saucier under Chef Thomas Keller at the Michelin 3-Star French Laundry in Napa Valley and two years as Saucier under Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the Michelin 3-Star Jean-Georges in New York City. He also spent two and a half years under Chef Eric Ripert at the Michelin 3-Star Le Bernardin also in New York City. Pano completed every kitchen station at Le Bernardin and finished as Tournant.

Today, Pano is internationally known for his modern take on the Greek Cuisine at Kyma. Pano describes his personal style of cooking as one with a respect for his intense French training while staying true to his roots and authenticity of Greece. Pano currently resides in Atlanta with his three children Pano, Lucas and Sophia.

Recent Awards

  • “Top 25 Restaurants in Atlanta” Atlanta Business Chronicle (2016)
  • Chef Pano Karatassos #Reader’s Choice: Best Chef in Atlanta” by The Atlantan (2016)
  • “100 Hottest Restaurants” Jezebel (2016)
  • “8 Best Greek Restaurants in the Country” TableLob (2016)
  • “Reader’s Choice: Best Chef in Atlanta” The Atlantan (2015)
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Restaurant Description

Kyma is a contemporary seafood tavern with an inventive yet approachable menu that is true to its Mediterranean origins. Kyma’s dazzling constellation display on the deep blue ceiling, white marble columns, and bold fresh fish display are dramatic while the inviting patio offers an ideal setting for savoring a glass of Greek wine. Fresh, healthy food, attentive Mediterranean hospitality and festive atmosphere await at Kyma.