Leyla is a London-based presenter, broadcaster, speaker, reporter and digital creator specialising in travel and food, as well as the founder and person behind the authoritative travel and food brand, The Cutlery Chronicles. Leyla comes from a science education with an Astrophysics BSc from University College London (UCL) and has a mixed-heritage Cypriot and Mauritian background.
She travels to eat. Inspired by the exceptional Meditteranean and Indian Ocean cooking she was brought up with, Leyla spent the best part of 2015 on one big trip, eating her way around 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).
Currently part of the core presenting team on BBC Radio 4’s award-winning The Food Programme now in its 40th year, Leyla has also been a judge for the prestigious annual BBC Food & Farming Awards 2019 and again in 2021, as well as a judge on Channel 4’s 2019 25-episode TV series Beat The Chef.
Leyla’s interests lie in food, travel and celebrating the beauty and diversity of the natural world in the UK and beyond, including the great outdoors, wildlife, conservation, gardening, sustainability, farming and food production, food preservation, the arts, crafts, food cultures and social history. She has an insatiable thirst and enthusiasm for learning, discovering and exploring, taking her audiences along her journeys with her.
Leyla shares her global stories through a number of online and print publications, her blog and social media platforms. 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 Leyla is highly regarded as an authoritative voice in the world of travel and food.