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George Embiricos discovered his passion for food during his undergraduate years, which eventually led him to pursue a career as a food writer.
He is currently an associate editor for Food Republic, a New York-based online magazine that explores food culture through stories, interviews and global conversations. His writing ranges from chef profiles to food psychology.
Early Life and Education
George Emiricos was born in 1920 in Athens, Greece to Aristides G. Embiricos and Maria ne Saliaris.
After his father’s passing in 1945, George chose to relocate to New York – then the hub of post-war activity for Greek shipowners.
His objective was to gain independence in shipowning. In November 1946, he purchased the US-flagged, 1920s-built cargo steamer ROBIN ADAIR.
George Embiricos was an accomplished shipowner who built his family shipping business into one of Greece’s leading concerns after World War II. Additionally, he became an avid art collector, amassing an unparalleled collection of paintings and works on paper by masters such as El Greco, Goya, Cezanne, Kandinsky, Picasso, van Gogh and Bacon.
George Embiricos was an illustrious Greek shipping magnate who built his family’s business into a major force during the Post-War era. He also dedicated much of his free time to art and learning, retiring early after amassing an impressive collection of paintings, works on paper and sculpture.
He credits Vanderbilt University and Nashville with helping him cultivate his passion for food, which led to a career as a food journalist. Nowadays he serves as associate editor at Food Republic, an online magazine that explores the culture of food through stories, interviews, global conversations and experiences.
George is a licensed master social worker who assists individuals and couples in discovering their strengths, using evidence-based approaches in his work. He strongly believes that cultivating and nurturing relationships is of the utmost importance in life, as well as understanding one’s own relationship with self is crucial for living an enriching and meaningful life.
Achievements and Honors
George Emiricos has long been associated with innovation and ingenuity. A true jack-of-all trades, the man has worn many hats throughout his remarkable career. His numerous accolades and awards reflect his many successes both professionally and personally. But perhaps most notably, George founded Perspectum – a technology company searching for artificial intelligence (AI). So confident is he in its abilities that he even declared himself its CEO!
In addition to his flourishing business empire, he is an accomplished Vanderbilt alumnus and passionate family man. Among other accolades, he was named Class of the Class for his academic, extracurricular and sporting accomplishments in 2016 as well as receiving the Steven Mendelson Community Service Award that same year. A proud member of his fraternity, he continues to carry on its legacy as both class agent and philanthropist.
George Embiricos is a licensed master social worker who earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Advanced Clinical Practice from Columbia University. He works with individuals and couples to identify their strengths, employing evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing when necessary.
He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with an undergraduate degree in Child Studies. Currently, he works at Middle School 50 in Brooklyn, NY as both group counselor and individual counselor.
He is also a food writer for Food Republic, an online magazine that explores the culture of food through stories, interviews, global conversations and experiences. His works include chef profiles and restaurant reviews.
George Embiricos was a Greek shipping magnate who built his family’s business into an impressive empire. Additionally, he became an avid art collector, amassing an impressive collection of works by El Greco, Goya, Cezanne, Kandinsky, Picasso and van Gogh.
He passed away in 2011 at the ripe age of 86, leaving behind his estate which included the superyacht Astarte II.
Embiricos was an illustrious collector renowned for his eclectic taste and deep intellect. He served on the board of Perspectum for many years, while also maintaining a close connection to Perspectum’s family-owned empire; Katherine, an heir to her grandfather’s fortune, has made a career in shipping as the chief executive of Pace Inc. Additionally, Embiricos served on Commodore Recruitment Programs (CoRPs), interviewing Vanderbilt students for jobs within the Commodore Navy.