I was born in London. My mother is from Finland & My father is Greek-Cypriot. When I was 4 we moved to South Africa. At 18 I left to travel & learn more about the world’s cultures.In my twenties I spent my time working in different restaurants & with families in London, Sydney, Mexico & Athens. I chose to work with the people who really inspired me. They were my mentors in my journey through the world of food. While working & travelling, I completed a correspondence degree in Anthropology & Sociology.

I love travelling. Collecting things I love. Food. People. Colour. Smells. Details. Different cultures & traditions. Why they do what they do & how they put their dishes together. How people, families & nations connect.

On a trip to Italy to study the language & food, I met Giovanni and with him I had two beautiful daughters. My first book ‘Twelve’, which I initially self-published, is about Tuscany, the way they eat so seasonally, so monthly, so well. Such beautiful ingredients & simple presentation.

I have 10 books to date, & still love collecting recipes.