Anna Bonde-MosessonAnna Bonde-Mosesson sitting in her garden

Anna is half Swedish and half Finnish and is a largely self-taught chef and restauranteur who started her own catering business, The Swedish Chef, in London in 1982.

In 1997 she opened her first restaurant, Scandelicious, in Suffolk, England. Anna's first London restaurant, Glas, quickly gained fantastic reviews from newspapers including the New York Times and Time Out. Anna then went on to open Upper Glas in Islington, London.

Anna has now moved back to Sweden and lives in Stockholm where she is concentrating on cookery writing, including producing articles and recipes for SwedishFood.com.

Borough Market and Jamie OliverJamie Oliver and Anna Bonde-Mosesson

Anna was one of the founders of Borough Market, London's famous food market. When she started it in 1997, Anna was one of just six regular stall holders.

Anna explains, "When we started we only opened every third Saturday in the month! It's been wonderful to see it grow and grow, so that now Borough Market is packed out and is one of London's biggest attractions."

It was there that Anna formed a lifelong friendship with Jamie Oliver before he was famous. Since then Anna has worked with Jamie on numerous occasions most notably featuring in Jamie does Sweden, where she famously criticised his cooking for not having enough salt, a very Swedish criticism!

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Anna Bonde-Mosesson enjoying demonstrating cookery techniques

Anna has a theatrical side which thrives in front of a camera. In the UK she was one of the finalists in BBC TV's Masterchef at Large. Anna also won the Scanorama Culninary Award in 2005.

Anna has catered for various celebrities including the King of Sweden, Princess Diana and for Placido Domingo's 40th birthday.

WritingCover of Swedish Food & Cooking by Anna Bonde-Mosesson

Anna has written for numerous UK newspapers and magazines, including Waitrose Food Magazine and House and Garden.

Anna's first book, Swedish Food & Cooking, is considered by many to be one of the best guides to Swedish food for English speakers. The lavishly illustrated book caters for both British and American readers. To order your own copy click on one of the links below:

Australia: via Boomerang Books,

UK: via Waterstones,

USA: via Amazon.

Anna was also one of the authors of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to Stockholm.

Demonstration at London's Borough Market

Collage of faces during a cookery demonstration

When we were invited to give a presentation of how to cook Swedish food at London's famous Borough Market we had no hesitation in asking Anna to front the presentation. She is so entertaining! She managed to include songs in English (ok, Scottish), Swedish and Russian! I've not idea why she was singing in Russian at one point!

During the demonstration she cooked some delicious chanterelle pesto and some marinated fillet of venison with liquorice sauce. Needless to say, the audience were held in the palm of her hand and they quickly had their hands on her delicious food and recipes.

Recipes on SwedishFood.com

A bowl of rosehips

Anna has written some superb recipes for us.  For instance, try her rosehip jelly recipe which is delicious on scones or toast and goes really well with pork or lamb.

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