Selin Kiazim, until recently head chef at award winning Kopapa restaurant in central London, developed her love of cooking at an early age. She completed with distinction her Professional Chef’s Diploma at Westminster Kingsway College in 2008 before starting work with acclaimed chef Peter Gordon at The Providores, Marylebone.
Selin enjoys competitive cooking and has competed all over the world including Mexico, New Zealand and Geneva, winning numerous titles. Highlights have included: bronze and silver awards with junior Team GB in the Culinary Olympics in 2008; finalist on BBC3’s Young Chef of the Year in 2009; Spanish Young Chef of the Year in 2010 and then finalist/semifinalist for National Chef of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Selin’s food takes inspiration from her Turkish Cypriot heritage and is focussed around communal eating and encouraging conversations about food by sharing dishes between diners. She is inspired by flavours from travels, from friends and from fellow chefs. Selin’s food has no boundaries or easy categorisation, she is constantly experimenting and innovating, combining classic flavours with new ingredients from around the world.