Nisha Katona, MBE (born 1971) is a British chef. She is the founder of Mowgli Street Food restaurants and the Mowgli Trust charity, a food writer, television presenter, she was a child protection barrister for 20 years.
Katona worked full-time as a child protection barrister for 20 years on the Northern Circuit. In 2008 the Department of Culture, Media and Sport appointed her trustee of National Museums Liverpool and in 2009 she was appointed by the Cabinet Office, Ambassador for Diversity in Public Appointments. She then switched to teaching about Indian cuisine. She founded Mowgli Street Food restaurants in the UK, and also founded and chairs the Mowgli Trust, which donates over £300,000 to local and world charities every year.
Katona is the author of three cookbooks: Pimp My Rice, The Spice Tree, and The Mowgli Street Food: Authentic Indian Street Food. Her fourth book, The 30-Minute Mowgli will be released on November 9, 2021. She founded Mowgli Street Food restaurants in the UK. She regularly appears on television and radio including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Food Network, and Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet.
Katona grew up in Ormskirk. She studied at Scarisbrick Hall School and, after a law degree from Liverpool John Moores University, qualified in 1996 as a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law, and is a member of Lincoln's Inn.
She worked full-time as a Barrister in Liverpool's Chavasse Court Chambers. In 2008 the Department of Culture, Media and Sport appointed Nisha as a trustee of National Museums Liverpool where she sat on full board, along with Audit and Marketing. In 2009 the Cabinet Office appointed her Ambassador for Diversity in Public Appointments.
Nisha films regularly for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and The Food Network. Appearances have been on Lorraine, Sunday Brunch, Secret Chef, My Kitchen Rules, My Spice Kitchen and her own Indian food travelogue for the BBC Recipes that made me.
She regularly appears as guest chef on This Morning - ITV, guest panelist on The Kitchen Cabinet - BBC Radio 4, and on BBC and Sky News as a guest expert on matters relating to business and hospitality.
On March 16th she was a guest judge on the Interior Design Masters semi-final in which the designers made over a pair of restaurants in Hebden Bridge.
- Mowgli Street Food: Stories and recipes from the Mowgli Street Food restaurants
- The Spice Tree: Indian Cooking Made Beautifully Simple
- Pimp My Rice: Delicious recipes from across the globe
- The 30-Minute Mowgli: Fast Easy Indian from the Mowgli Home due for release on November 9, 2021
|Mowgli, Bold Street, Liverpool||2014|
|Mowgli, Corn Exchange, Manchester||2015|
|Mowgli, Water Street, Liverpool||2016|
|Mowgli, Grand Central, Birmingham||2017|
|Mowgli, Westgate, Oxford||2018|
|Mowgli, Stoney Street, Nottingham||2018|
|Mowgli, University Green, Manchester||2019|
|Mowgli, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield||2019|
|Mowgli, Church Street, Cardiff||2019|
|Mowgli, St Martins, Leicester||2019|
|Mowgli, Boar Lane, Leeds||2020|
|Mowgli, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port||(Opening 2021)|
|Mowgli, The Brewery Quarter, Cheltenham||(Opening 2021)|
|Mowgli, Corn Street, Bristol||(Opening 2021)|
|Mowgli, St Vincent Street, Glasgow||(Opening 2022)|
|Mowgli, Hanover Street, Edinburgh||(Opening 2022)|
Awards and honours
- Casual Dining Awards 2020 - The Trailblazer of the Year Award.
- Honorary Doctor of Business Administration - Edge Hill University (2019).
- Honorary Fellow - Liverpool John Moores University (2019).
- MBE - (New Year Honours 2019) Honoured for services to the food industry.
- The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders, 2019. 
- The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 2019 - Best Emerging Brand Award.
- The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 2019 - Best Management Team Award.
- The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 2019 - Rank #45.
- The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 2018 - Rank #17.
- Retailers’ Retailer Winner 2018 - Emerging Concept.
- Wireless Social's Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, 2018.
- Business of the Year, City of Liverpool Business Awards - 2018.
- Best Medium Sized Business, North West Business Masters Awards - 2018.
- Maserati Top 100, People's choice 
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