Olia Hercules

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Olia Hercules is a London-based Ukrainian chef, food writer and food stylist.

Early life[edit]

Olia Hercules was born in Kakhovka, Ukraine in 1984 to an Armenian family.[1][2][3] As well as being Ukrainian, she has Jewish, Bessarabian and Siberian roots.[4] Hercules moved to the UK at age 18 to study Italian and Politics at the University of Warwick.[5][6] Before earning an MA in Russian Translation, she moved to Cyprus for 5 years.[7]


Olia Hercules began as a chef after completing a course at Leith's School of Food and Wine in 2010.[6][8] She wrote for Jamie's magazine and was a food stylist for various publications.[9] She then went on to work at the London restaurant, Ottolenghi's as a chef-de-partie.[7][10] She has appeared on Saturday Kitchen.[11][12] And now Sunday brunch (19/07/20)


She has written the recipe book Mamushka which is a collection of Eastern European recipes. 2017 saw Hercules' second book published.[13]

  • Mamushka: Recipes From Ukraine & Beyond (Octopus Publishing, 2015)[14]
  • Kaukasis: The Cookbook – A Journey Through the Wild East (Octopus Publishing, 2017)[13]
  • Summer Kitchens Inside Ukraine's Hidden Places of Cooking and Sanctuary (Weldon Owen ,July 14, 2020) ISBN 1681885700



  1. ^ Missing, Sophie (17 May 2015). "Olia Hercules and the food of warm Ukrainian summers". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Rising star". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Hercules, Olia (7 Aug 2017). "Dishes from the Black Sea and beyond: exclusive extract". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. ^ Hercules, Olia. Mamushka. Octopus. p. 6. ISBN 9781784720384.
  5. ^ "Meet Olia". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Interview". Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b Whaite, John. "Olia Hercules: the chef bringing East European food to our tables". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Info". Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Style Department Represents Olia Hercules, Food Stylist". www.styledepartment.co.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Meet Olia H". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  11. ^ "24/12/2016, Saturday Kitchen - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Saturday Kitchen - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Mitchell Beazley to publish second cookbook by Olia Hercules". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  14. ^ Mamushka. Octopus Books. ISBN 9781784720384.

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