About Niki Louca
Greek-Cypriot Niki grew up surrounded by great cooks – her mum, both grandmothers, and four aunts – so it was inevitable that she too would end up a cook. After a childhood spent refining her skills, recipes (and patience!), Niki's first foray into the culinary world was spurred on by Matt Preston's rave review of her home-made souvlaki ('Home Sweet Souvlaki Home', the Age Epicure, 2004). Niki quit her 9-to-5 job and took the plunge of opening her own cafe and catering business. Over the years she has been invited to give cooking demonstrations for many food festivals, including the Food and Wine Festival, the Antipodes Festival (Lonsdale Street Festival) and the Oakleigh Glendi. Niki now owns a cooking school, My Greek Kitchen, specialising in Greek cuisine, which operates from South Melbourne Market Cooking School, and in Templestowe, and on the Mornington Peninsula.