After a 30+ year banking career in the City of London, Irini went on to wow herself, the judges and many millions of viewers by winning MasterChef cooking food inspired by her Greek origins. She was approached by Headline and her first book Under The Olive Tree (recipes from my Greek kitchen) was published in July 2020 and has been more busy than ever before making her mark in the food industry in ambassadorial roles (Slow Food UK and Women In The Food Industry) BBC MasterChef guest critic, food writer, recipe developer, guest chef and celebrity chef often featured in the UK and Greek media. Her Greek cuisine menus will be launched with recipe box company The Cookaway in April 2022 as will her online classes for International E-learning platform Scoolinary.
“It was absolute bliss having Irini in Marbella Niko and Marbella Elix holding extraordinary culinary events with the ‘Irini’ touch! All our customers and staff loved being part!”C. KtenidesCEO, The Marbella
“Irini was fantastic to work with - she provided us with a filmed recipe demonstration as well as joining us for a live Q&A as part of our online event. We were working under tight timeframes but Irini was really accommodating and was a pleasure to deal with.”HM(A National Sports Association)
“We engaged Irini to deliver a private dining experience and olive oil tasting to a group of clients. Irini took the time and trouble to plan every aspect of the event meticulously and she and her team delivered a wonderful and memorable experience where Irini’s cooking talent, knowledge of her subject and personality shone all the way through.”Florence SivellSawday’s
“Irini’s olive oil tasting was the perfect way to bring the management team together, have some fun and enjoy a genuine learning experience built around food and health.”John P. PhillipouM.D. Paragon Bank
What can I offer?
- Cooking demonstrations – sharing her passion for Greek food, tips and tricks for stress free cooking and enjoyable eating
- Olive oil tastings – passionate about the culinary and health attributes of extra virgin olive oil, Irini wants to inform consumers so they make wise choices when it comes to cooking with this powerhouse of ingredient, the pillar of the highly acclaimed Mediterranean diet.
- Culinary events – from designing a menu to working with the venue back and front of house to deliver unforgettable dining experiences
- Key note talks – Having gone through a huge learning curve herself in the highly stressful and challenging environment of the MasterChef kitchen, Irini is committed to inspiring others to believe in themselves and follow their dreams whatever they are.