Leyla is a London-based presenter and digital creator specialising in travel and food.
She travels to eat. Inspired by the exceptional cooking she was brought up with by her Mauritian mother and Turkish-Cypriot father, she spent the best part of 2015 on one big trip, eating her way around the rest of the world. She drew on her catalogue of culinary experiences to co-create Lonely Planet’s book: The Ultimate Eatlist, The World's Top 500 Food Experiences (2018).
Leyla shares her global culinary stories through her blog, social media platforms, and a number of online and print publications.
The influential and internationally read food and travel blog, thecutlerychronicles.com was launched in 2012. The associated social media accounts have accumulated over 115,000 followers, and she is highly regarded as an authoritative voice in the world of travel and food. She is also the founder of londoncheapeats.com, the ultimate online insider guide to finding the best value food in London, which has been featured in several newspapers and websites.
Leyla is also part of the core presenting team for BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme, now in its 40th year. She was announced as one of the 12 judges for the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2019, and was also a judge on Channel 4's 2019 25-episode TV series Beat The Chef.
She has a BSc in Astrophysics from University College London (UCL).