Silvena Rowe is Chef Patron of The May Fair Hotel where, following a multimillion-pound refurbishment, her new flagship restaurant Quince opened its doors in June 2011. She is also an established and distinctive TV presence, making regular appearances on the hugely popular BBC programme Saturday Kitchen and ITV’s This Morning. She has recently filmed the pilot Time Machine Chefs for ABC in America, in which she will be one of the judges.
With a love of cooking instilled in her by her Turkish father and by her upbringing in the ancient city of Plovdiv, just 500km from the ancient Ottoman capital of Constantinople, Silvena is uniquely placed to enthuse the widest possible audience of food lovers and travellers with her passion for the best of the eastern Mediterranean kitchen.
Silvena was formerly the executive chef at the Baltic Group restaurants, including London’s Baltic, Chez Kristoff and Wodka restaurants, and her diverse experience with food ranges from working in conjunction with major brands such as Waitrose to writing for the Guardian, and to working on David Cronenberg’s film Eastern Promises. Silvena’s first book, Feasts, won a prestigious Glenfiddich Food and Drink award, and in 2010 Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume won the Gourmand award for the best book on Mediterranean cuisine. Her latest book Orient Express is published by Hutchinson.