Nikki Rose is a Greek American professional chef-instructor (Culinary Institute of America graduate), writer and seminar director. She has worked in fine dining and journalism in the USA and France. She is founder of Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries, an award winning program for best practices in Responsible Travel. Nikki formed CCS in 1997 to help support residents working on action programs to protect their cultural and natural heritage. CCS is an all-local of over 40 small businesses and individuals -- organic farmers, artisan food producers, musicians, archaeologists, historians, ecologists, sustainable lodge owners and others. CCS organizes a range of dynamic seminars for the public and academic institutions. Classes are conducted at historic sites, in rural communities, and organic farms. CCS has received awards from National Geographic, the World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development, and is featured in National Geographic, NPR, New York Times and Lonely Planet.