It is no fluke that Emerald Hill Deli recently won Best Deli in the recent MYOB Melbourne Market Awards. Owner Maria Totos, who was born and raised in the Greek island of Evia, has been at the helm of this gourmet gem for over 30 years. “From a tough background, I’m just so appreciative of everything. When I was nine years old, I was given a lamb, so I looked after it and then sold it to buy a calf. Then I raised the calf and sold it to help my family.” Her love of family and cooking, combined with hard work and sheer determination has seen her business thrive. From a beautifully curated cheese room, to arguably the best range of macarons in Melbourne, Emerald Hill Deli is well worth visiting next time you’re at the Market.