Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for five years before moving to London to study. Her interest in food reached its apogee and she decided to retrain as a chef at Leith’s School of Food and Wine. She started her culinary career working at London’s Union Market before landing her dream job as a chef-departie for Ottolenghi’s. After having her son, and filming for The Food Network, Olia has been writing for Sainsbury’s, The Recipe Kit, and the Guardian. Olia is the Observer’s Rising Star in Food 2015 and her cookbook Mamushka is out in June.