Stelios Parliaros was born in Istanbul in 1959. Upon completing junior high, he came to Athens to continue his studies. It was here that he discovered confectionery and dedicated himself to it.
He studied in Paris at the Ecole Le Notre, the Escoffier school of confectionery at the Ritz Hotel, at the Valrhona school in Lyon and, finally, at the renowned Fauchon. In 1980 he created the FRESH confectionary shops, changing the course of confectionery in Greece.
In 1999 he had his first book published, titled Mild Tastes – Sweets and Flavors of the Mediterranean, and has since published Chocolate, Sweets of the World and Sweets for Diets, all in the Greek language.