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Ilia comes from Greece, a country where food, cooking and entertaining is rooted in everyday life.

Her love of food started at her family home where she would cook using old family recipes. She learnt the art of filo pastry baking from her grandmother during the long summer holidays.

In 1992 Ilia moved to the UK to study Electronic Systems Engineering at Essex University completing a BEng and MSc before embarking on a successful computing career in the city of London.

Ilia changed direction to follow her long standing love for cooking, graduating with merit from the prestigious Leith’s Cookery School in 2003. Since then she has worked in Michelin Star restaurants in London and the local area.

Ilia created Ilia’s Kitchen in 2010 providing catering services for private and corporate events. From 2014 to early 2021, Ilia took over The Mersea Island Cookery School. During this time she built an extensive course list combining her own areas of expertise with that of other local chefs.

Ilia’s Kitchen has now relocated to bigger premises at the stunning Suffolk Food Hall offering cookery courses, corporate & private cookery events as well as catering services.