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Five foodie women in London you need to know about

The Curious Pear

There's been a serious influx of female chefs, food writers and photographers in the last couple of years, filling London with more feasts than ever before. Here are five women who are on top of their game and will be popping up on your food radar soon. 

Olia Hercules

As much as we've acquired a taste for different cuisines in London, many of us have been oblivious to Ukrainian food. That is, until Olia Hercules turned up and showed us all what we’ve been missing. The south Ukrainian moved to London 13 years ago, landing straight into the kitchen of Ottolenghi in Islington. Since then she's released a cookbook 'Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine and Beyond', and has been teaching Britain about the layered, warming, flavour-packed dishes of her native cuisine. She is just about everywhere at the moment, even popping up on 'The Great British Bake Off' to give Mel a lesson in traditional Ukrainian wedding bread. 

Mina Holland Photo by Issy Croker

Mina Holland

The editor of the Guardian supplement Cook is a fountain of food knowledge and an expert on global eating customs. The Londoner's first book 'The Edible Atlas' explores the recipes and food traditions around the globe, from deep-fried anchovies in Turkey to pumpkin tagine in Morocco. Look out for her new book 'Mama: The Food That Makes Us', where she explores the recipes passed down to our favourite cooks from their mothers. It isn't out until February 2017, but smells to us like a bestseller.

Kylee NewtonPhoto by Issy Croker

 Kylee Newton

This charming lady is currently reinventing the quaint art of jam-making, winning over the food world with her inventive preserves, pickles and chutneys. Her new book 'The Modern Preserver' is jam-packed (sorry) with enough colourful recipes to have you hunched over the stove all winter. Think roasted pineapple and coconut pickle, blueberry and rose compote and gin-pickled cucumber. There’s even a recipe for homemade brown sauce and ketchup. So if you think a meal is pittance without a good condiment, this is your girl. Find her at Broadway Market on a Saturday.


Georgina Hayden

North London-based food stylist and cook Georgina Hayden has worked as a trusty right hand in Jamie Oliver’s team for over eight years. Her solid Instagram presence and obsession with London’s brightest culinary trends makes her one of the city’s prime authorities on all things edible. Raised above her grandparents' Greek Cypriot restaurant in Kentish Town, Georgina has turned her food-filled childhood into a career. She's currently working on her first cookbook, which will be released in June next year. Expect colourful, vibrant food packed with global flavours.

Rosie Birkett Photo by Issy Croker

Rosie Birkett

If you’ve already got a copy of Rosie Birkett’s cookbook 'A Lot On Her Plate', you’ll know that her staple is satisfying, seasonal food cooked with friends and family in mind. Based in Hackney, Rosie has appeared in the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Independent and Olive. This year has seen Rosie take the leap from writer to full-blown cooking force, and her recipes are now a regular feature in the nation’s favourite weekend supplements. Keep an eye out for Rosie’s regular supper club appearances – though be warned, you’ll probably be sitting next to us.

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