With tens of thousands of followers online, British broadcaster and professional eater Leyla Kazim is a rising star when it comes to food and travel blogging. She has also co-created the Lonely Planet book: The Ultimate Eatlist, The World’s Top 500 Food Experiences.
Describing herself as a lover of far-off lands and all things gustatory, Kazim—a born and raised Londoner—has a passion for exploration.
“I was brought up surrounded by exceptional cooking from my Mauritian mother and Turkish-Cypriot father,” she relayed on her website, “appreciating the huge range of flavours available in the culinary world is something I actively seek out and happily partake in on a daily basis.”
But what does a foodie and travel blogger do in 2020? “Like so many of us, my 2020 travel plans thus far have turned to dust,” she recently shared in a candid Instagram post. “This week I was meant to be in Sardinia celebrating my second wedding anniversary, which I’m sad to not be doing. But in the grand scheme of things, I’m eternally grateful to be let off so lightly. And I most certainly plan to try again with Sardinia next year.”
According to Kazim, the reason she enjoys traveling so much is because it is the best way to smash through pre-conceptions and break down cultural barriers.
“When we are once again able to move freely post COVID-19, I hope people will see what a gift we’d been taking for granted travel really is,” ” she remarked in an interview with Mother Tongue. “I hope we will approach travel with the ambition to immerse ourselves in new cultures so that we can acknowledge, celebrate, embrace and learn from our cultural differences, rather than persecute them.”
She’s already won us over.