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A local mom, who specialises in cooking Mexican dishes and home-baked pastries, is offering knowitall.ch readers the chance to win one of her delicious chocolate cakes!

Having tasted one of Gabriela’s deliciously moist chocolate cakes, Know-it-all passport editor, Lisa Cirieco, was intrigued to try her Mexican homemade tortilla soft tacos with salsa verde sauce, as well as homemade chipotle sauce that looks like chutney, so has no hesitation in recommending her services to our readers!

Asked how she came to be so passionate about cooking, Gabriela told knowitall.ch, "I come from a Mexican family where food is very important.  My mum was a very proud cook and taught us how important it was to gather friends and family around delicious food."

She continued, "After retiring from the United Nations, I looked for activities to continue being active in life;  I started drawing zentagle-inspired designs and have even presented my work at different venues including the Espace-Santé in Bellevue, Geneva! However, my lifelong passion for cooking was nurtured again when I started to prepare typical Mexican food for my son's business, promoting artisanal Tequila (Tequila Villalpando). Things snowballed from there and, before I knew it, clients were asking me to bake pastries and cakes for them too!"

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20% discount for knowitall.ch readers on your first order!

A new subscription service has been launched in Geneva to take the hassle out of cooking and allow you to eat more healthily.

Called BeyondFood, the service enables you to receive a weekly delivery of fresh, local ingredients that can be used, with the aid of easy-to-follow recipe cards, to prepare 3 delicious meals for 2 or 4 people.

With vegetarian and non-vegetarian options on offer every week, there is something to suit everyone, especially parents who are looking to provide enticing and healthy meals for their children.

Co-founder Marie-Lou Veillon, told knowitall.ch, “The ingredients we choose are seasonal, fresh, mostly local and organic. We believe our service is special in so far as it makes cooking easier, healthier and more enjoyable, while promoting projects that support the local community and preserve the environment. By building partnerships with cooperatives and associations active in Geneva, BeyondFood has become more than a company and acts mores like part of a network. By cooking with us people are not only getting recipes and ingredients delivered to their home, they are also supporting a different approach to consuming, one that is more local, ethical, sustainable and indirectly helps other associations and cooperatives to prosper.”

Asked how she came to set up up her own food delivery service in the region, Marie-Lou told us, “My partner, Luca, and I co-founded this business. He used to work at the World Economic Forum, which gave him a solid experience dealing with start-ups and new businesses. He wanted to innovate by setting-up a service that would allow us to do business differently, with values, and by creating a network instead of solely running after profits.”

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How often do you stop and wonder what's behind the food you eat every day…how it is made, who makes it and where the ingredients are sourced from?

Food labels in supermarkets go a long way to satisfying our curiosity about the provenance of the food we buy, but what about those special, authentic dishes you experience when travelling abroad or, very occasionally, when dining in a top restaurant with dishes produced by a locally or even world-renowned chef?

Recognizing a gap in the Swiss market for top quality food created with passion and with a story to tell, Italian entrepreneur and amateur food connoisseur, Luigi Matrone, has just launched a subscription service for authentic, curated fine food delivered directly to members' homes throughout Switzerland each month.  Set up with the help of 4 other Italian shareholders, Edmond’s Cuisine, is targeted at members keen to discover everything there is to know about the food they are eating, all of which has been sourced from small artisanal producers, carefully selected from different locations around the world.

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10% discount for new customers on their first order!

Since she first set up Safran Cuisine in 2010, caterer Fiza Khan has been continually exploring new ways to bring the spicy and exotic flavors of her dishes into our homes.  Indeed, her freshly prepared, home-made Indian and Pakistani meals are renowned within the local community!

In addition to catering for private and business events, Fiza also runs a series of cooking courses, designed to teach amateur chefs new culinary skills in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.  She also runs regular workshops for children during the holidays – details of new courses are posted regularly on her website.

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Have you ever wondered how good your culinary talent really is?  Would you like to share your skills beyond your immediate circle of family and friends? And wouldn’t it be great to earn a little money whilst you cook?

Or do you simply enjoy good, home made food and tire of going out to restaurants that lack the intimate atmosphere of a special dinner cooked at home? Would you like to try new dishes from different cultures, lovingly prepared by hand in the host’s own kitchen?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you should take a look at Surfing Dinner’s new dining concept, which enables talented cooks to meet appreciative diners and share a memorable evening together within a friendly, homely atmosphere.