Published 28 May 2019
In this week’s Q&A, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, talks to CODE about her favourite places to eat in London, her work life and who has been influential on her career.
Do it because you just love cooking and not because you dream to become rich or famous. It is tough graft and one can only become successful at it if even the longest hours and hardest physical work bring you joy.
During the 2008 financial crash.
My first job after finishing the diploma at Leiths School of Food and Wine (where I now teach) was at Union Market in Fulham, as a CDP. A few months later I was working for Ottolenghi in Islington.
It is multi-faceted, never boring, and a good balance of physical and cerebral.
Yotam Ottolenghi for inspiring me to change career with his story and success, and Elisabeth Luard for pulling me out of my writing block during the writing of my second cookbook.
Figuring out what to make the focus of my fourth book.
My husband is the best cook I know, so it was at home a few days ago.
I always look forward to Towpath re-opening for the summer season – it is one of the best places to eat in London in my opinion.
Georgia – the whole country. If it must be a city, London is hard to beat.
Alissa Timoshkina (Salt and Time cookbook)
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