Leyla Kazim is a travel and food: presenter | broadcaster | journalist | critic | host | writer | speaker | digital creator
TV, Radio, Books and Media
Leyla is a critic on BBC One’s MasterChef and MasterChef: The Professionals and a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s award-winning weekly show The Food Programme, now in its 40th year.
She is also a judge for the prestigious annual BBC Food & Farming Awards and has been a judge on Channel 4’s cooking competition show Beat The Chef.
Leyla drew on her broad catalogue of culinary experiences to co-create Lonely Planet’s book: The Ultimate Eatlist, The World’s Top 500 Food Experiences.
Leyla’s work and profile has been featured in media outlets including The Guardian, The Times & Sunday Times, Sainsbury’s Magazine, delicious. magazine, Olive Magazine, Evening Standard, Tatler, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Good Food Channel, Great British Chefs, The Culture Trip and The Caterer.
You can see all up to date media exposure for Leyla in Press & Clippings.
Leyla comes from a science education with an Astrophysics BSc from University College London and has a mixed-heritage Turkish Cypriot and Mauritian background.
Having been brought up surrounded by exceptional cooking and appreciating the huge range of flavours available in the culinary world, she travels to eat. Leyla spent 2015 on one big trip eating her way around the globe and documenting the experience.
Leyla’s expertise and interests lie in food and travel and celebrating the beauty and diversity of the natural world in the UK and beyond.
This includes farming and food production, food preservation, traditional arts and crafts, food cultures and traditions, restaurants, social history, the great outdoors, wildlife, conservation, gardening, sustainability and permaculture.
In September 2021, Leyla completed a two week residential Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course at world-renowned Findhorn Ecovillage in Forres, North East Scotland. The PDC was originally developed to teach the principles and foundations of sustainable design.
This certificate, issued on behalf of the Permaculture Association, is recognised globally within the permaculture community and provides international recognition of Leyla as a Permaculture Design graduate.
As an avid vegetable grower – and keen to get as many people as possible having a go at growing their own – in January 2021 Leyla launched #PotToPickle across her social channels.
A series of grow-a-long, back-to-basics video tutorials for the novice urban vegetable grower, the tutorials guide her audience through the entire growing season from seed sowing to food preservation using fermentation.
Leyla is also an ambassador for Practical Action, a development charity helping people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems, made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality.
The Cutlery Chronicles
The influential and internationally read travel and food blog, The Cutlery Chronicles, was launched in 2012.
The associated social media accounts have accumulated over 115,000 followers and Leyla is highly regarded as an authoritative voice in the world of travel and food.
From airlines and tourism boards, to food producers and media agencies, Leyla has partnered with a variety of leading names from the travel, food, media and hospitality industries.
Combining expertise in presenting, reporting, photography, words, video and social media, Leyla produces tailored content designed to meet a wide range of specifications and briefs; from video presenting and speaking events, to articles for national press and social media travel campaigns.
Leyla is a representation of the diverse people of the UK, helping to raise awareness of the different cultures and alternative viewpoints that make up its society.
She helps and supports the learning for people of all ages – as evidenced from her large and diverse social media following – by being accessible, engaging and inspiring.
She provides impartial information from her travels and journalism, helping people understand and engage with the world around them.
And she has an insatiable thirst and enthusiasm for learning, discovering and exploring, taking her audience along this journey with her.
Leyla shares her global stories through media channels, online and print publications, her social media platforms and her blog.
The following are some of the services Leyla offers:
- TV presenting
- Event hosting
- Video presenting and production
- Commissioned journalism articles
- Event and panel speaking
- Brand ambassador partnerships
- Event attendance and coverage
- Social media campaigns
- Recipe development
Leyla aims to obtain a testimonial from as many clients as possible. You can find these on her LinkedIn profile.
The Food Programme
If you’d like to pitch a story idea to The Food Programme, please send it to [email protected]
Leyla is represented by Crown Talent Media Group.
For any TV and media opportunities or to see Leyla’s show reel, please contact her agent Jonny McWilliams [email protected].
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For any commissions or commercial enquiries, you can contact Leyla directly at leylakazim @ gmail. com.
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