executive chef robin

chef robin swallow

robin is the creative force behind plant-based manna cuisine. and as an owner since 1995 of london's famous manna restaurant, she has been the guiding light of its direction especially since it became fully vegan a decade ago.  always vegetarian, manna has been leading the way since 1967 and is now the most established restaurant of its kind in the UK, if not all of europe.

robin with husband and co-owner roger reside in los angeles, and have since they met and married over 30 years ago. however, they spent almost all of their time in london for approx 8 years, overseeing the plant-based transition and redesigning the look with southern california interior designer and artist heidi wianecki.  but it is to her southern california roots that robin regularly returns for her inspiration and ideas, whether traditional or nouveau, multi-ethnic or primarily local and mexican. without for a moment turning her back on the history and astonishing array of wonderful ethnicity and education available in london.


when she is not being that guiding light in many kitchens, or consulting with organizations and individuals on a plant-based, vegan lifestyle, or as a very popluar private chef and events caterer in los angeles, robin can also be found teaching her delightlful cooking classes in the UK and in california.

she can also be located and booked on the cozymeal website, a nationwide resource for fine private chefs and cooking instructors.