Molyvos (871 Seventh Avenue; 212-582-7500) collaborating chef Diane Kochilas grew up in Jackson Heights, where she lived a typical immigrant childhood. She was surrounded by a community of other expats from Greece. Maps of the family homeland, Ikaria, adorned the living-room wall. Her hardworking parents pushed her to do well in school, to go to college, to marry a nice Greek boy. She did all of the above. "It was sort of My Big Fat Greek Wedding without the plastic wrap on the furniture," she says.
All photos courtesy Wagstaff Worldwide Author and Molyvos collaborating chef Diane Kochilas