Aegean Feast: Recipes from the Mountains to the Sea with Marianna Leivaditaki
We are delighted to have talented and passionate chef, Marianna Leivaditaki join us in the Field Kitchen to cook up a Mediterranean feast featuring recipes from her book Aegean: Recipes from the Mountains to the Sea.
Marianna was previously head chef at Moro, London where her bold Mediterranean flavours were an instant hit. Her culinary story began in Crete where she grew up; her father was a fisherman and her mother ran the family’s seafood restaurant. Her unique style of cooking embraces traditional flavours from Crete and has influences from the Eastern Mediterranean creating a marriage of cultures and traditions from the Aegean.
“The way I cook is the way I think; lots of things are happening at the same time. When I think of new dishes my inspiration comes from people, travelling and imagining new combinations while learning about the old and traditional to create something new and different.”
A skilled storyteller, in her cookbook Aegean, Marianna's love for the food of her heritage flows off every page. Her recipes derive from the SEA, the LAND and the MOUNTAINS, celebrating seasonal, fresh food that you can take time to enjoy with friends and family. It’s a stunningly beautiful book that celebrates the simplicity and integrity of Cretan cooking with authentic recipes such as watermelon, charred feta and bread salad with mint, and oven-baked aubergines with chickpeas, spicy tomatoes and sheep’s cheese.
“This book is so much more than a cookbook, it's a love song to a very special place and we are lucky to have the brilliant Marianna as our guide.” Itamar Srulovich, co-founder of Honey & Co.
The evening will be set within the beautiful backdrop of The Riverford Field Kitchen and served alongside a delicious and 100 per cent organic feast full of delicious recipes from Aegean.
We will have copies of Marianna’s book for sale on the evening and she will happily sign them for you.
When: Wednesday 20th July
Price: £50pp including dinner
Please note, this event is open for both inside and outside dining.
The booking button will take you to our website, where you will need to choose the number of guests and the date Wednesday 20th July and it will then show availability. We require full payment when booking for this event.
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Marianna grew up on Crete, where her father was a fisherman and her mother ran the family’s seafood restaurant, before later settling in the UK. Having been head chef at Moro restaurant and starting up Morito on Hackney Road in London, she has developed a unique style of cooking that embraces traditional flavours from Crete and influences from the Eastern Mediterranean. Her food is evocative whilst she creates a marriage of cultures and traditions from the Aegean.
A skilled storyteller, in her cookbook Aegean, she weaves an enveloping portrait of life on the island, which is simple but simultaneously rich, and presents its cuisine through a personal lens. The end result is a transporting love letter to Crete, an island with so much to give.
She has currently embarked on a journey of freelancing rather than being in a permanent kitchen space. This has given Marianna the opportunity to get involved in a number of projects that she feels passionate about, like menu consultancy, recipe development, food writing and storytelling, collaborations, TV and radio.