The heritage of Leeza Murina’s Cossack Cuisine goes all the way back to the early 1800’s in St. Petersburg, the capital of Russia in those days. Then her family owned two of the city’s largest farmer’s markets and their own business was in the supply of grains and wheat through the Grain Commodity Trading Exchange that they also owned.
On top of this they also ran a chain of shops selling milled flour and fresh bread products. One of their most famous customers was the Tsar of Russia whose staff made the same kind of food Cossack Cuisine has available today.
In recognition of the good service provided by her family, Leeza’s great grandfather was the 3rd generation of the family to carry the title of Honorary Citizen of St. Petersburg in recognition of the services provided by the family in the provision of wheat to the city.
As a sideline, they also had a family bakery supplying their neighbourhood with baked goods similar to that Cossack Cuisine makes today in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
This food business was seized from her family during the Communist Revolution of 1917. After this her family went on to become internationally famous in the field of music – like her grandmother who was the first and youngest music conductor in Russia in the 1920’s and went on to teach so many of the world’s best conductors such as Dmitri Kitayenko.
Instead it was the creative artisan food producers in her family tree from the 19th century, particularly the baking maestro’s, that gave her the natural born talents to make her award-winning food for her Cossack Cuisine catering company in the 21st century.