Masterchef winner Irini is our wonderful guest chef this week with a delicious vegetable and sausage casserole.
Born on the island of Crete, Irini grew up in Athens where she and her brothers were educated. In 1980 Irini moved to London where she enjoyed a banking career in the City for over 30 years, combining her work with professional (Banking Diploma) and academic (History of Art, Architecture & Design degree) studies as well as hobbies such as interior design and amateur dramatics.
In 2010, Irini and her husband John left the financial world and moved to the sleepy but foodie village of Cartmel in the Lake District. In 2019, Irini won MasterChef and in January 2020 she trained as an Olive Oil Sommelier. On 23 July 2020, Irini’s debut book Under The Olive Tree (recipes from my Greek kitchen) was published by Headline.