In the midst of Greece’s financial crisis, Zisis Papazisis’ ‘fish in a cone’ is helping keep busy Athenians well-fed on the run. Just like his grandparents did. The chef, a nominee in Urban Adventures’ first ever global street food awards, talks to Alex King.

The best stories often come from the hardest days. Growing up in Volos, a busy fishing port on Greece’s west coast, Zisis Papazisis was always fascinated by his grandfather’s tales of life in the cash-strapped 1950s, before his parents were born.

“Nowadays you have to pay for everything,” Zisis explains, wistfully. “In those days it was simple; you didn’t have to pay because there was no money. You were forced to share and exchange things. ‘I give to you, you give to me and we are equal.’”