Safia Shakarchi is a British Iraqi baker, pastry chef and food writer. Born and bred in London, she spent much of her childhood in the kitchen making kleicha with her grandmother, who encouraged her baking career from a young age.
Safia's baking is inspired primarily by her Middle Eastern background, but also by her life in London and her travels abroad. Her interest in food has been shaped by her time spent living in Spain's gastronomic capital, Madrid, as well as Australia's coffee capital, Melbourne. Her bakes are a confused but magical mix of traditional and modern, eastern and western. Pretty much like her.
Safia is a regular contributor to the award-winning Caffeine Magazine, and her work has been featured in various online and print publications. She has also collaborated with brands such as Savse Smoothies.
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