A guru of Egyptian cooking is planning a packed programme of festivals, including one of the county’s prestigious events, just six months after launching her business in Shropshire.
Marina Ibrahim launched Cooking Like Cleopatra six months ago and has been left overwhelmed by the success of her authentic Egyptian food cooking demonstrations and classes.
Marina, who lives in Ludlow, has also produced her own spice product called Dukka which has proved a hit with her customers across the UK.
Marina said: “Egyptian cuisine is becoming increasingly popular and the first six months in business has been phenomenal for me.
“People may go on holiday to Egypt and return wanting to learn how to cook some of the food of Egypt and I have the privilege to be able to do that.
“But also I find I am introducing Egyptian dishes to people who have never and may never have the opportunity to taste them otherwise.
“Recipes and alternative cuisine is becoming more and more popular and the success of my business in just six months is a true reflection of that.” Marina said popular dishes include Baba Ganoush, Tabbouleh and Tabouli and she was particularly looking forward to the Ludlow Food Festival in September.
Already the festival season has seen Marina present a cooking demonstration at Ledbury Chill Festival which was a resounding success.
“For me Ludlow is the capital of food outside of London so to be able to host a demonstration at Ludlow Food Festival will be a real honour. “I hope to be able to unveil a new product by then too,” she said. “My own exclusive Cooking Like Cleopatra spice Dukka is selling out at every festival I do because after people have watched my demonstration and tasted the results they want to easily replicate that at home.”
Marina also offers team building courses, private cooking classes and special occasion events along with event demonstrations and workshops.