Watch: We put your questions to the Queen of Mowgli, Nisha Katona
Ask anyone in this city for a restaurant recommendation and you’ll always hear Mowgli.
Former Barrister, Nisha Katona has become a well known, admired and respected business woman, chef and mentor in Liverpool. From switching a hugely successful career to start her own restaurant, based on a life-long passion of food and family, Nisha turned the concept of dining out, on its head when she opened the first Mowgli venue on Bold St.
It may have only been 4 years since Nisha opened her first restaurant, but the Mowgli family has grown with careful consideration to include two sites in Liverpool, two in Manchester, plus restaurants in Oxford, Nottingham and Birmingham added to the list. 2019 began with an upexpected bonus as Nisha returned to the kitchen with a nod on the Queens New Years Honours list and an MBE. She’s also preparing to open brand new restaurants in Cardiff and Leicester are set to open later this year.
Author, TV Personality and dog lover, Nisha has her sights set on serving up nourishing, largely vegetarian Indian Street food, right across the country. She’s also known for investing in her staff, training up Mowgli chefs personally and going the extra mile to ensure everyone feels part of the Mowgli family. Speaking of family, Nisha’s social media is awash with pictures and videos of her beloved dog and cat, Goose and Obelix. Further investing in local charity, in 2018 Nisha launched the Mowgli Dog Trust Show in aid Clare House Hospice, a charity for which Mowgli has raised more than £65,000 with it’s £1 bill donation scheme.
Fascinated by Nisha’s drive, ambition and sheer determination, we took to social media to ask what you wanted to know about life behind one of the city’s most successful exports. Nisha talks about her MBE, 1970’s racism, celeb guests, the pride she feels serving up her mums Dahl and why she won’t be delivering Mowgli to your door any time soon.
Watch above to see what happened when our Jay sat down with the Queen of Mowgli, Nisha Katona MBE.
We’ve said it before and as avid fans of Mowgli, we’ll say it again, prepare to taste the rainbow as the varied menu of Indian Street food offers a kaleidoscope of flavours. Order yourself a Himalayan Cheese Toastie, yoghurt chat bombs and a Temple Dahl to see what you’ve been missing.
Keep your eyes peeled for the full Grafters Podcast featuring Nisha Katona in the coming weeks and get a real insight into how Nisha turned a passion for Indian food in to a successful, national business.