Liquid Gold Products was founded by Stavia Blunt in 2012. Stavia is half Greek (mother) and half English and was born and raised in Kenya. Her name 'Stavia' is an anglicized version of 'Stavroula' (the female equivalent of Stavros) - which was her maternal grandmother's name, after whom she is named.
The opportunity for Stavia to immerse herself in her Greek roots, and to showcase some of the many wonderful things that Greece has to offer, came as a result of a dramatic re-think of her previous life path as a career Neurologist!
Having become disillusioned with the lack of emphasis that current Western medicine places on diet and lifestyle, Stavia took a sabbatical in 2010-11 to spend time in Greece, researching the traditional Greek diet (as well as her family history along the way!). She was overhwhelmed by the natural way of life - which is still very traditional in many parts of Greece and focusses hugely around food and family. Stavia soon concluded that this precious way of life and its diet had great value, not only for health, but for happiness, and must be preserved - and promoted, outside of Greece. Soon Stavia was on a mission to promote all that Greek has to offer - starting with the key ingredients of the super-healthy Greek version of the Mediterranean Diet. And in October 2012, Liquid Gold Products was born.
Over the last few years, Stavia has travelled extensively in Greece- particularly Crete and the Peloponnese - learning about traditional methods and products, and meeting many wonderful people along the way. As a result, she has developed strong relationships with all of the producers and visits them regularly on her trips to Greece. In the process, Stavia has acquired considerable knowledge about all her products - from picking olives, gathering wild herbs, collecting honey to making all natural care products and throwing clay! Stavia has trained as a professional olive oil taster in Greece, London (with personal tuition by the incomparbale Charles Quest Ritson!), and Italy, and has a diploma from the International Olive Oil Organisation in Tuscany. She has learned about olive horticuluture and has her own olive grove in Crete of nearly 200 trees. She has taken courses on manufacture of natural care products. In short, she knows what to look for in her products.
Whilst the initial focus of Liquid gold Products was on olive oils, honeys, herbs and other culinary delights, the repertoire of premeium Greek products has increased to include some superb indigenous wines, a vast range of natural care products, exquisite hand made jewellery and knives, various crafts, and gorgeous Cretan Ceramic Pots. As a musician and songwriter herself, Stavia is also passionate about Greek music and dance, and promotes both with reguluar Greek evenings in London (see Greek Dining Club)
The Liquid Gold Cave is managed by Anna Siemasczko (left in photo), with assistance from Eleftheria Karipidi (middle) - shown here with Stavia on one of our Cretan Cookery Days - and Sadie Russell on weekends.
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Visit our Greek Shop, the Liquid Gold Cave in Richmond