Selin Kiazim developed her love of cooking at an early age, raised in a Turkish-Cypriot community where the love for sharing food was ingrained in everyday life.
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.
In 2015, Selin set up her restaurant OKLAVA in Shoreditch, London, with her business partner, Laura Christie. There, 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.
In 2017, she won the dessert course for The Great British Menu.
Outside of the restaurant, Selin takes inspiration from flavours found on travels, shared by friends and from fellow chefs. She seeks to reimagine what deliciousness can be in her TV appearances and in her writing.