Ella has built her career in food working under Brigitte Hafner, Annie Smithers and Ismail Tosun in Australia, honing her skills in London at NOPI, in Tel Aviv at Romano and in Istanbul at Lokanta Maya. Her recipes have been featured in The Design Files and Broadsheet, and her food writing published in The Saturday Paper.
Ella teaches cooking classes, she also curates and caters food events - hosting dinners in collaboration with various venues across Melbourne. Her self titled project Ela, is derived from her name but also comes from a Greek word έλα - which means “come”.
"My father’s side of the family is Greek. They all live on one street, in houses next door to each other. There are holes cut between backyard fences, so everyone can be together easily. That one small section of street has given me a sense of community and belonging I haven’t been able to locate in the rest of my life. It seems separate from the rest of Australia, but it’s a version of Greece abstracted from the real thing; its traditions are built on distant memories."