Why you should stop for a moment and see the magnificent artistry of this lady chef Iliyana Filipova, a Bulgarian born “mama” (as she and her colleagues like calling her)?
The reason is here! actually reasons are three :
1- she is a rare example of a talkative and smiling communicative chef! yes !!! after a decade and a half of working in very busy restaurants, with lots of angry and scary chefs, I must tell you this! Yes she is absolutely a piece of cake! and she does not throw you a saucepan when you ask her a question in detail about her work! she is so sweet and she can talk to you, smile to you, even allow you to the insides of her kitchen where she proudly keeps her artistry secret, but not too secret!
2- she is a Brilliant chef has an interested in looking after the dietary requirements of her regular guests at her workplace “Cubana” , The cuisine of old Cuba – a sultry mix of Spanish, African, Caribbean and French influences. Fresh, healthy cooking, prepared with quality ingredients. where people often have a quick lunch at their office break time, she is mastering vegan healthy and gluten free pastry.
3- She is a fantastic storyteller and has inspired myself on writing this little article and Marcella to shoot some photographs, of her interpretation of the
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and enjoy the pictures…. why don’t try the recipe at home? and maybe if you head towards London Farringdon go and say hello!! to her, listen to her story, tell her that you already know that SHE GREW UP IN BULGARIA, THEN MOVED UP TO DUBAI, and SHE HAS WORKED FOR THE KEMPINSKI LUXURY HOTELS, having learnt the secrets of the classic and modern cuisine, moving then to London, where as many other “heroes” everyday cook and express art through creative and tasty food form!
All you need will be:
200 g Butter
100 g Corn starch
200 g caster sugar
200 g ground almonds
100 g Polenta (dry of course)
2 oranges to grate
1 top gluten free baking powder
Orange juice and icing sugar for the glace.
Words by Ilyiana:
See you very soon!!
Domenico and Marcella