Friday, 28 October 2016

About OCK :: updated

Born in Italy and brought-up between the city and the countryside with fresh and genuine foods, thanks to my family’s love for everything organic, sustainable, local and seasonal.

Photographer, trained chef and pastry chef, food stylist, blogger, experienced in multilingual content creation & management, and social media.

"Cooking, styling, taking pictures, writing and blogging... not necessarily in this order :)

I've been living and working between Rome, Moscow and Paris, hence a savvy traveler with a strong cross-cultural sensitivity, a creative and enthusiastic team player, very cool in chaos.

A pinch of my culinary adventures:
- Le Cordon Bleu Paris graduate, "Diplôme de cuisine". I did my kitchen debut as an Intern at the restaurant “Pavilion Ledoyen”, 3-stars Michelin, under the Chef Christian Le Squer.

- École Ritz Escoffier graduate, "Diplôme de l'Art de la Pâtisserie Française", chez l'Hôtel Ritz Paris, where I practiced my cooking skills in the kitchens of the restaurant “L'Espadon”, under the Chef Michel Roth where I went from savory to pastry under the Chef Pâtissier Eddie Benghanem.

For more check About OCKstyle on

- Digital Catalyst at :: "Saperi e Sapori del Territorio". Appetibilis is… about Italian “Stories, Legends and Folktales” in search of an author, along with an authentic yet original Taste of Italy…

- Publisher of FOOD MEDITATIONS :: "food for thought in the emerging media". A curated content digest filled with passion and expertise, for professionals and amateurs looking to content-curation to help them navigate today online world…

- OCKSTYLE's TRAVEL BITES... :: Notes of a gourmet traveler... My tumblrlog on travel, photography and other life's gratifications…

- Riding the Wind :: on Sardinia, Property, Boating and Watersports…

:: Previously ::

Consulting PR in the former USSR. [1994 ~ 2003]
- Oversaw events, presentations, corporate gift and travel planning in Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Freelance Photographer. [1989 ~ 1993]
- Commercial still life, Italy;
- Fashion portraits, Italy;
- Reportages made while following the humanitarian missions of the Italian Red Cross CNF, in the Baltic States, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Jordan, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey.


Visual Arts

IED, Rome, Italy – European Institute of Design;
[Fotografia, Istituto Europeo di Design, Roma, I].

"Photography Degree"
Institute of Photography and Integrated Marketing Communications - ISFIC, Rome, Italy;
[Istituto Superiore di Fotografia e Comunicazione Integrata, Roma, I].

“Documentary Filmmaking”
University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, Summer Program - USC, LA, USA.

Culinary Arts

"Diplôme de Cuisine"
Le Cordon Bleu Paris, France - [The Cuisine Diploma].

"Master de Cuisine" and "L’Art de la Pâtisserie Française"
Ecole Ritz-Escoffier, Paris, France [[Master of Cuisine and The Art of French Pastry].

"Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft"
Squires Kitchen International, Farnham, Surrey, UK.

"Food Styling" with Delores Custer
CIA - Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, USA.

"Italian Pastry"
Gambero Rosso Schools, Rome, Italy, [Pasticceria Professionale].

Delightfully yours,

Orsola Ciriello Kogan


Monday, 18 July 2016

Good Grains, Pizza, Tea Story and the King of Pastry, M. Pierre Herme

Chef Talk: Meet the first non restaurant-based chef to win... Pierre Herme, the best pastry chef in the world, talks just desserts via City A.M.

Russian props :: Porcelain tea cups...
photo: ©LuciaZeccara | styling: ockstyle


“I love bright red drinks, don’t you?
They taste twice as good as any other color.”
~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

"Delightfully yours, Food Meditations"


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Pizza Rut: What’s going on — and going wrong — with Italian pizza? Are Neopolitan Masters Losing Ground? via

Tasting Notes

This is the extraordinary story of the most ubiquitous and familiar Indian street food of the lot... The dark history behind India and the UK's favourite drink via BBC News

Food and Drink Trends for Every Decade: Most Popular Cocktails, Drinks, and Foods of All Time via

"When Anne came back from the kitchen Diana was drinking her second glassful of cordial... (Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery)" Food in books: raspberry cordial from Anne of Green Gables via

Travel Bites

When in Maine, you must try lobster... 15 Cool Things You Never Knew About Maine Lobster via

Healthy News

Some of the most common chronic conditions, such as heart disease and type two diabetes, could be prevented by healthier diets... When will doctors start prescribing ‘food as medicine?’ via WIRED UK

The problem with wheat grain - the type found in most carbohydrates - is that it’s heavily processed, lacks any real nutritional value and is often difficult for the body to digest... Here are some good grains: 5 of the best wheat-free and gluten-free alternatives via

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Healthy News :: Cherry Goodness, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Diets and Poop

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“Creativity takes courage." ~Henri Matisse

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It’s no secret that what you eat affects the way you poop and... You’ve probably heard that you should eat more fiber to get things moving... Who Poops Better: Vegans, Vegetarians, Or Omnivores? via Rodale's Organic Life

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Gluten Free

If you're switching out your regular all-purpose flour for something more nutritious, though, make sure it's really worth it... Top picks for gluten-free flours + tips and tricks for how to use them via

She wants coeliacs and those choosing to eat gluten free to be able to enjoy totally yum gluten free food with minimum fuss and... Gluten-free blogger Victoria Owens's recipes are all about the pleasure of good food via Irish Examiner

Wheat, rye and barley are all nutrition-rich bites, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that many of us are intolerant to gluten... How to manage gluten intolerance via Radio Times

Dairy Free

Sit down, take several deep breaths, and relax... New to the Dairy-Free Diet? Start Here! via Go Dairy Free

Light and Delicious Recipes

Cherry Recipes to Savor the Cherry Goodness... 7 Cherry Recipes for all the (Remaining) Days of Summer

if you find yourself deciding that a vegan way of eating is for you, you're going to need recipes... 17 of the Most Delicious Vegan Recipes We Know via The Kitchn

Summer feast - delightful salads, dips and super slaws... BBQ Recipes | Side Dishes via Tesco Real Food

Health and Diet

When food enters your body, it goes through the digestive system. People assume all digestion happens in the stomach. Not true... Living With Crohn's Is A Bitch -- Going Gluten Free Isn't via

For those who truly cannot have gluten, gluten free foods are the perfect replacement for the breads and pastas they’ve always known and loved, but... Why You Shouldn't Follow a Gluten-Free Diet via

Teff, a small seed naturally gluten-free, with an exceptional nutritional profile... TEFF – gluten free, highly nutritious, big super grain of Ethiopia via FNB News

Teff [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

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