Alissa came to the UK in 1999 from Russia to study and never looked back. Gaining a PhD in film history, she lectured and published on the subject of Russian and European cinemas, and also worked as curator and coordinator of film festivals in London. However, her passion for cooking and hosting dinner parties, gradually turned into an obsession and Alissa left her job to launch a new project: a cinema-supper club called KinoVino, which offers film screenings and sit-down dinners with unique menus inspired by the films.
Since its launch in May 2015, KinoVino has established a reputation as one of London’s most original projects, redefining the local food and film scene. Featured in British Vogue, Olive magazine, Vice, The Curious Pear, Khoollect, the Telegraph and on the BBC Radio 4 Food programme, KinoVino was named one of the 10 best supper clubs in London by Time Out. Alissa has also launched a private events branch of KinoVino, organising product launches and private gatherings around London. She regularly holds food popups and supper clubs under her own name where she explores the cuisine of the former Soviet Union.
Her growing interest in the food culture of her homeland resulted in the idea for a cookbook - SALT AND TIME: Stories from a Siberian Kitchen, published by Mitchell Beazley (Octopus) in March 2019.
Alissa was shortlisted for the Young British Foodie Awards in 2017.