Cypriots, according to freelance cook Maria Markitani, live and breathe for food. “We talk about the food while eating it – and about what we’re going to eat next, before the meal has even finished,” says Markitani. Prior to returning home, she worked at Michelin-starred restaurants Maze by Gordon Ramsay and Social Wine and Tapas by Jason Atherton in London. Additionally, she interned at restaurants such as Amass, Marcus and The Portland. Now that she’s had a chance to take in Nicosia’s food scene, she believes the city’s young talent is bringing home new flavours, techniques, ideas and concepts: exactly what the city needs to establish itself as a Mediterranean stopover for visitors from around the world.