Maria Elia is starting off a summer of inventive Greek cooking with a three-week residency at Great Guns Social in Southwark from Tuesday June 4th.

mcith_Savoury-Baklava-c.-Caitlin-Isola.jMaria’s been hot footing it around the globe cooking and consulting and this latest residency sees a return to the kitchen.

Her’Smashing Plates’ menu will feature some of her favourite dishes, such as her famous Savoury Baklavas, Moussaka Croquettes, Carrot Keftedes, Bream with pourgouri, cherries and mint, Octopus and caper gnocchi and Kataifi wrapped figs with baklava nuts and fig-leaf panna cotta.

There’sa a small light lunch menu offering of main course salads such as Feta, peach and dakos. Additionally, for groups of friends Maria will be offering a feasting dinner menu for 6 or more, featuring whole slow roast shoulder of lamb accompanied by an array of dips, salads and sides. Maria asks for 2 days’ notice for this sharing feast.

Maria Elia’s love of cooking developed as a child growing up in the kitchen of her Greek Cypriot father’s restaurant in Richmond. After a rigorous apprenticeship, Maria began her progression through the culinary world.

After making a name for herself heading up the kitchens at Delfina and Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room – including stages at El Bulli and Arzak – Maria spent time in California where she was headhunted to open’Jimmy’s restaurant at The Landing’, a five star boutique resort where she created a unique fresh and eclectic Greek Californian cuisine gaining rave reviews.


After spending time in Rwanda where she established a sought after pop-up restaurant following, Maria is now based in London where she writes, cooks and teaches, she has also established herself as a consultant  s well as being the Gastronomic Curator at Great Guns Social. 

Maria is the author of 3 award winning books: The Modern Vegetarian, Full of Flavour and Smashing Plates which draws on her Anglo Greek heritage-redefining Greek flavours.

Maria Elia’s’Smashing Plates’ at Great Guns Social launches on Tuesday June 4th and will run for just under three weeks, ending on Sat 22nd June; a residency not to be missed!

Booking is highly recommended via

Great Guns Social

96 Southwark Bridge Rd,