Nisha Katona

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Nisha Katona
Nisha Katona sourcing supplies for Mowgli Street Food recipes.jpg
Nisha Katona
Born (1971-10-23) 23 October 1971 (age 49)
Spouse(s)Zoltan Katona
Culinary career
Cooking styleIndian

Nisha Katona MBE (born 1971) is a British chef. She is the founder of Mowgli Street Food restaurants, a food writer, and a television presenter.


Katona worked full-time as a child protection barrister for 20 years on the Northern Circuit.[1] 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.[2] She then switched to teaching about Indian cuisine.[3]

Katona is the author of three cookbooks: Pimp My Rice, The Spice Tree, and The Mowgli Street Food: Authentic Indian Street Food. She founded Mowgli Street Food restaurants in the UK.[4] She regularly appears on television and radio including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Food Network, and Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet.

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed]

She worked full-time as a Barrister[5] 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. She is Founder and CEO of Mowgli Restaurants, which has branches mainly in the North of England and the Midlands. She is a director of the Mowgli Trust, the charitable side of the restaurant that donates over £100,000 to local charities every year.[6][7]


Nisha films regularly for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and The Food Network. Appearances have been on Lorraine, Sunday Brunch,[4] Secret Chef, My Kitchen Rules, and My Spice Kitchen.


  • MBE - (New Year Honours 2019) Honoured for services to the food industry.[8]
  • The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 2018 - Rank #17.[9]
  • Retailers’ Retailer Winner 2018 - Emerging Concept.[10]
  • Wireless Social's Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, 2018.[11]
  • 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 [12]


  1. ^ "The people who changed careers and never looked back". BBC. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Nisha Katona and Sir Robert Crawford CBE reappointed as Trustees of National Museums Liverpool". HM Government. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Nisha Katona: a great judge of flavour". Telegraph_Media_Group. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Nisha Katona". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  5. ^ "How I Made It: Nisha Katona, founder of Mowgli". News UK. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Leading restaurant cooks up a massive donation to The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity". The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Celebrating our Partnership with Mowgli Street Food". Maggies. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  8. ^ "New Year Honours 2019: Mowgli founder Nisha Katona honoured". Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Fast Track 100 league table - 2018". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  10. ^ "2018 Winners". Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  11. ^ Ross, Julian (7 September 2018). "Wireless Social's Woman Entrepreneur of the Year". wireless social. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  12. ^ Lynch, Andrew (29 April 2018). "Maserati Top 100: People's choice". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 28 September 2018.

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