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John Carvounis, chef

By — Adam Bernstein,

John Carvounis, 101, a Greek-born chef who retired in 1989 after several years working at the Monocle restaurant on Capitol Hill, died April 1 at Brooke Grove nursing home in Sandy Spring. He had complications from congestive heart failure.

Mr. Carvounis, a Wheaton resident, settled in the Washington area in the late 1940s and worked at restaurants including Paul Young’s and Rive Gauche. In the 1960s and 1970s, he worked at Astor restaurant in the District.

John Karvounis was born in Kalamos, Greece. He learned to cook while serving in the Greek merchant marine. He spent part of his early adulthood as a restaurateur in Argentina, where his surname was misspelled Carvounis. He kept the misspelling.

His wife of 58 years, the former Marjory Tsikerdanos, died in 2009. Survivors include four children, Dion Carvounis of Ashton, Md., Athena Mylonas of Glenwood, Md., and Artemis Karvounis and Penny Jaeger, both of Silver Spring; and eight grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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