Nisha Katona is the CEO, executive chef and development chef of Mowgli Street Food restaurants and founder of the Mowgli Trust charity.
Founded in 2014, Nisha used all her savings to open the first Mowgli Street Food restaurant in the city of Liverpool. Since giving up the security of a 20 year career as a full time Barrister, Nisha has grown Mowgli Street Food to eighteen restaurants across the UK with an aim to continue growing restaurants and jobs in order to fulfil the mission of Mowgli: to enrich lives in the cites she goes to.
Mowgli Street Food is recognised as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies according to The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and was awarded by them, Best Management Team. Most recently Mowgli was ranked 28 in ‘The UK’s Top 100 Best Large Companies to work for’ category at the 2021 Best Companies Awards.
Nisha received an MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours List for services in the Food Industry.
Nisha is also the author of five cookbooks:
She has also worked extensively as a business and food expert on several projects across the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and Radio 4.
As founder and chair of The Mowgli Trust, the charitable limb of the restaurant, Nisha selects and supports local and world charities by donating over £500k each year.
Nisha films regularly for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, including Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge, Recipes that Made Me, Secret Chef, My Kitchen Rules, My Spice Kitchen, Remarkable Places to Eat with Fred Sirieix, Master Chef, Taste of Italy, Cooking with the Stars, and Great British Menu.
She regularly appears as guest chef on ITV’s This Morning, Sunday Brunch, Lorraine, guest panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, and on BBC and Sky News as a guest expert on matters relating to business and hospitality.