Hi, I’m Andrea Soranidis. Welcome to The Petite Cook!
Born and raised in Sicily (Italy), I moved to London 10 years ago, and traveled all around the world, from Europe to the Middle East and even Japan (where I discovered Kyoto’s most remote restaurant with Great Big Story). After many years in The City, I fell in love with a small picturesque town in Germany, and over the past few years I’ve been balancing life between these two completely different realities.
I used to be a marketing manager, then I became a food & travel blogger, The Petite Cook.
I’ve swapped SEO, analytics, marketing strategies and PR work for food processors, oven gloves and cookbooks.
Whether I’m in the kitchen experimenting new recipes, or in a Michelin star restaurant enjoying a tasting menu, everyday there’s a new food experience waiting for me.
I go nowhere without my camera, delicious food adventures are always around the corner. And I need to shoot a picture, or two, or thousands.
About The Blog
I started The Petite Cook to document my adventurous foodie life. I’ve always loved cooking, and I’ve created my perfect spot to share my kitchen experiments.
Funny enough, developing recipes has been my job for more than two years, while I was working for a start-up on a recipe app project. When the project was closed, my former manager, and currently one of my closest friends, encouraged me to open a blog, and the rest is history.
The Petite Cook has quickly become the place where I also share my foodie experiences around the world, whether I’m attending events, having dinner somewhere cool or I simply discover a new exciting ingredient.
It took many late nights, and a lot of patience but I’m thrilled to say that The Petite Cook is now my full time job, and has been recently awarded one of the Top 3 food blogs in UK 2015.
I have never thought any of this would happen, and I can’t be thankful enough for the constant support my family has given me through this incredible adventure that The Petite Cook is.
About The Food
The recipes on The Petite Cook are mostly all developed by myself. I’m a self-taught, although working in the michelin-starred restaurant business for a few years has helped me develop my skills and learn some cooking tips from the best Chefs, including former UK Masterchef judge Michel Roux jr.
I try my best to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle and this mostly reflects on the recipes you can find on The Petite Cook. I was unlucky enough to develop a dairy intolerance during the years.
After a long time, I’m now feeling better and have reintegrated small amounts of dairy in my diet, but I’m still very sensible on the food-allergy subject and I try hard to make my recipes as allergy-friendly as possible.
I’m also a vegan/vegetarian enthusiastic, and even though I’m not 100%, I totally support initiatives like Meatfree Monday. I’m a big make-from-scratch fan and I encourage my friends and readers to use as many fresh ingredients as possible.
Most of the recipes are ready in 30 min or less, but you can find every now and then traditional recipes that require a little more time.
A lot of my inspiration comes from my trips around the world, I’m recently back from a foodie-dream holiday in Japan, well documented on Instagram. When I’m not in my kitchen, I love cooking with other food amateurs, it’s one of the most fun way to share tips, learn and eat some great food.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of Photography equipment do you use?
I’m still using my first camera, my beloved Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Even though I’m hunting for a new one, this has been a great foodie companion so far! I use different lenses, but most of the food pictures are taken with a 50mm f/1.4 lens or with a 100mm f/2.8 Macro.
Do you have any allergy-friendly recipes?
Can I publish your photos or recipes on my blog/website?
Please refer to my copyright policy for details.
Where can I find more of your work?
I update The Petite Cook blog with new awesome recipes at least 3 times a week. I’m also a regular contributor at Great British Chefs and Parade Magazine. Writing a cookbook has been on my wishlist for sometime now, so stay tuned, you’ll be the first ones to know when I have news.
Feel free to comment or ask me something anywhere on the blog or email me at andreaATthepetitecook.com. I reserve the right to remove promotional links, abusive and/or hurtful comments.
If you want to get in touch regarding freelance work, collaborations and food photography, please visit my Work With TPC page.