How Ixta Belfrage Infuses Her Italian Roots With Latin American Flavour | A Slice of Life

Chef, Ottolenghi protégé and author of recipe book ‘Mezcla’ — Ixta Belfrage’s love for food is inspired by Italy, Brazil, Mexico and beyond. During this episode of A Slice of Life, Ixta Belfrage talks us through how her unique upbringing with influence from Italy, Brazil and Mexico nurtured an approach to cooking like no other.

As Ixta prepares her prawn lasagne with habanero oil, she explains how becoming a chef wasn’t always on the cards: “I tried out loads of different jobs… I started (and quit) a couple of art degrees. When I say it out loud, it seems so obvious that should have been my calling because I was so obsessed with food, but it took me a while”.

Now working alongside Yotam Ottolenghi in the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen, Ixta has developed an understanding for developing sumptuous yet convenient recipes: “I’m extremely grateful to Yotam… Layering flavours is something that I really learned from him, and textures as well. I’ve always been a huge fan of citrus, herbs and chillies, but that layering of flavour and textures is such an Ottolenghi hallmark — that’s definitely something that I’ve been inspired by”. Watch the full episode of A Slice of Life with Ixta Belfrage, as she brings her favourite Mezcla recipe to life.

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