Maria Elia

Maria Elia knew she wanted to be a chef from the age of four. She takes influence from her Greek-Cypriot roots to create fresh, innovative flavours.

Maria was born into the restaurant business, watching her Greek-Cypriot father cooking in their restaurant. Training to become a chef herself, she took an apprenticeship at Café Royal's Grill Room. After working in kitchens around the world, Maria now writes about her experiences with food.

Maria has worked in the kitchens of Ferran Adrià at El Bulli and Elena Arzack in San Sebastian. She was head chef at the Whitechapel Gallery, and is now executive chef of Joe's in South Kensington, serving her fresh and deceptively simple food using a world of ingredients. Maria has become well known for her "Textures of Vegetables" concept after turning Delfina into one of London’s most talked-about restaurants.

When she's not cooking as a guest chef on Market Kitchen: Big Adventure or Perfect..., Maria teaches at The Ethnic Authentic Cooking School in London.

You can learn more about Maria and pick up some great recipes on her website.



Maria Elia

Maria Elia's Recipes



 
Chocolate fudge puddings
Chocolate fudge puddings on Market Kitchen

Whisking the sugar and eggs separately makes for a wonderfully light and moist chocolate cake from Maria Elia

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy
Cinnamon baked wrap with banana, honey and yogurt
Cinnamon baked wrap with banana, honey and yogurt on Market Kitchen

Instead of pancakes, try Maria Elia’s super-speedy sweet twist on a flour tortilla for breakfast or brunch

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
15 min

Rhubarb trifle
Rhubarb trifle on Market Kitchen

Maria Elia’s trifle layers soft ginger cake with sweetened rhubarb and creamy mascarpone

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
25 min

Savoury pancakes with wild mushrooms and rice
Savoury pancakes with wild mushrooms and rice on Market Kitchen

Maria Elia serves up this recipe for indulgent wheat-free savoury pancakes

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
50 min

Wild boar steaks
Wild boar steaks on Market Kitchen

Maria Elia serves her quick and easy wild boar with white bean purée and sautéed fennel

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
35 min

Cardamom chocolate cake with calvados crème fraîche
Cardamom chocolate cake with calvados crème fraîche on Perfect...

The distinctive aroma and flavour of cardamom is a superb match for rich chocolate in Maria Elia’s cake recipe

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
1 hr

Dried fig leaf panacotta
Dried fig leaf panacotta

This recipe from Maria Elia was inspired by a dessert created by chef, Brett Graham which also uses fig leaves to flavour

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
21 min

Lamb cutlets with fennel tzatziki
Lamb cutlets with fennel tzatziki

Maria Elia’s lamb cutlets are flavoured with garlic and oregano and served with a fennel flavoured tzatziki dip

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
30 min

Asian braised beef brisket
Asian braised beef brisket on Market Kitchen

Star anise, cinnamon and shaosing wine bring rich flavour to Maria Elia’s slowly simmered beef

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
3 hrs 15 min

Chestnut pasta
Chestnut pasta on Market Kitchen

Adding fine ground chestnuts brings a new dimension to Maria Elia’s homemade pasta

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



intermediate

Total time
1 hr 45 min