Hello! And welcome to my blog.
I’m a lover of far-off lands and all things gustatory living in South West London. I started this site in October 2012 - it's intended to be a personal anthology charting the places I visit, the cultures I experience, the food I eat, and the impressions they make upon me.
I studied Astrophysics at university and worked in a software company for several years - neither of which automatically marry themselves with the love of travel and food, but I was always planning the next flight and dreaming of the next tasty morsel. I now spend most of my time either eating, travelling, writing about the two, or photographing them. I'm also founder of londoncheapeats.com - check out the great work the team have been up to.
I was brought up surrounded by exceptional cooking from my Mauritian mother and Turkish-Cypriot father; appreciating the huge range of flavours available in the culinary world is something I actively seek out and happily partake in on a daily basis.
This blog chronicles my thoughts, experiences and endeavours along my global journey of discovery. All words and photography are my own and I hope you enjoy them.
If you would like to get in touch, I would love to hear from you.
I am a photographer based in London specialising in food, drink, restaurants and travel. I have worked for clients from across the hospitality industry including restaurants, bars, chefs, caterers, suppliers, media agencies, and journalists. My work and client testimonials can be found at leylakazimphotography.com.
I'm also an established food and travel writer. I am a regular contributor to The Caterer and Great British Chefs, I'm the resident restaurant critic for T-VINE magazine, and I'm a restaurant critic at Gayot in London.
My words and/or photography have also featured in the The Huffington Post, Evening Standard, JamieOliver.com, Good Things Magazine, Suitcase Magazine, The Culture Trip, Eat Travel Live, GoodFood Channel, LoveFood.
By combining expertise in the fields of photography, words, and social media, I produce tailored collateral designed to meet specifications, from copywriting and content marketing, to social media campaigns and photography, and a lot more in between.
You can take a look at my LinkedIn page for more information.
I am always happy to hear about commissions, brand collaborations, new restaurant openings, press trips and review opportunities either for The Cutlery Chronicles or another outlet - I cover food and travel both in London and beyond.
Please get in touch about any of the above.
I aim to obtain a testimonial from every client I work with. You can find these on my LinkedIn profile and on my photography website.
Media Coverage & Contributions
Culture Whisper - featured in Five of London's Best Instagram Foodies
Business Insider - featured in The 50 best food bloggers to follow on Instagram in 2017
Huffington Post - interviewed as part of Millennials Paving The Way: An Interview With Instagram’s Top Visual Storytellers
Evening Standard - featured as one of London's top 10 foodie influencers on Instagram
Olive Magazine - Fridge Raider with Leyla Kazim
Budapest Finest Magazine - The Cutlery Chronicles Takes a Bite out of Budapest
Jamie's Food Revolution - The Cutlery Chronicles: My thoughts on sugar
Lalani & Co - Where to get your matcha fix in London
Guild of Fine Foods - a food judge at the Great Taste Awards 2016
jamieoliver.com - How to make tzatziki
Foodism - a weekend takeover of their Instagram account
Silversea - My gourmet Mediterranean cruise with Silversea
Skyscanner - Cheap alternatives to London's fanciest restaurants
Tabl - How to take pictures of food... properly
Great British Chefs - Seven amazing street food dishes to eat in Penang
The Caterer - Menu Watch: Jidori
Evening Standard - featured as founder of London Cheap Eats in top 20 cheap eats article
Featured on Instagram's list of Suggested Users for the second time
Great British Chefs - Beyond pho: Vietnam's regional noodle soups
Tilda Rice - Tilda Supper Club with The Cutlery Chronicles
Project Bly - Thai Biryani from Chiang Mai, Thailand
Great British Chefs - A Cambodian royal Khmer cooking class
Great British Chefs - Sang Khya L’peouv (pumpkin custard)
Good Things Magazine - featured in #EPICPHOTO What does it take to achieve food fame on Instagram?
Good Things Magazine - Photo Essay: Eat the Streets in Taipei
jamieoliver.com - A wonderful wonton soup recipe
Featured on Instagram's list of Suggested Users
T-VINE - Review: Arabica Bar & Kitchen
The Culture Trip - Beloved Spanish chef shares his secrets for decades of success
The Culture Trip - 10 of the Best Dishes from the Regions of Murcia and Andalucia
The Caterer - Better Business: Queensberry hotel, Bath
The Caterer - Foodservice Focus: Gather & Gather
The Caterer - Better Business: The Stockbridge
The Caterer - Foodservice Focus: BaxterStorey
jamieoliver.com - The best basic hummus recipe
The Caterer - Better Business: The Great House
Lalani & Co - Stopping for tea at Curators Coffee
Lalani & Co. - La Gelatiera
T-VINE - Lemon Compendium: a book every household should own
The Caterer - Better Business: The Traddock
Eat Travel Live - What to eat in Osaka
Bespoke Menu Design - Trend Spotlight: Juicing (photography only)
Suitcase Magazine - International Supper Clubs in London
T-VINE - Soho's Ba Shan: Hunan cuisine full of fire and flavour
Jamie Oliver Magazine - 5 Bloggers to Watch this Year
Morrisons Magazine - Blog Watch
Good Food Channel - Favourite Blogs: The Cutlery Chronicles
Great British Chefs - Halloumi pasta with lemon and mint
Great British Chefs - Mexican chipotle wings with creamed corn
Square Meal - Blogger of the Week
Jamie Oliver Magazine - Blog to Watch this Year, February 2014*
* They did make a mistake with the details of my Cypriot heritage, but kindly apologised and corrected themselves via their Twitter account.
Morrisons Magazine - BlogWatch, July 2013
Square Meal - Blogger of the Week, May 2013