Selin Kiazim developed her love of cooking at an early age. She completed with distinction her Professional Chef’s Diploma at Westminster Kingsway College in 2008 before starting work with acclaimed chef Peter Gordon at The Providores, Marylebone and later becoming head-chef at Kopapa, Covent Garden. She also completed a highly successful 6-month residency at Trip Kitchen & Bar, Haggerston, receiving numerous glowing reviews for her food.
In 2015, Selin set up her restaurant OKLAVA in Shoreditch, London, with her business partner, Laura Christie. Selin’s food and menu takes inspiration from her Turkish Cypriot heritage and is focused around communal eating and encouraging conversations about food by sharing dishes between diners. She is inspired by flavours from travels, from friends and from fellow chefs. Selin is constantly pushing traditional boundaries to pull Turkish cuisine out of the kebab shop and onto the London restaurant scene.