Olia Hercules

food stylist, chef, recipe developer and food writer

Leith’s trained chef, food writer and stylist Olia Hercules grew up in Soviet Ukraine. Her family history covers half the Eurasian continent from Siberia to Azerbaijan.Through her cooking, styling and writing Olia transport us into her rich culinary heritage with the classic comfort food, vibrant and seasonal ingredients. Her culinary repertoire is vast and keeps expanding. Seasonality plays a great role in her cooking,

She honed her cooking skills in the fiery kitchens of Ottolenghi  and afterwards working as a freelance recipe tester and developer for a variety of food magazines, including Sainsbury’s and Jamie’s, and appeared in a Food Network cookery show Red, Hot and Yummy.

She helped launch online start up The Recipe Kit, writing, testing and editing over 400 recipes in seven months, and styling more than 130 dishes.  She has just finished writing and shooting her cookbook out in 2015.

Lately, Olia has  styled Hungry House printed advertising campaign and tv commercial, as well as the cookbook Slow Cooking for Ebury Press (Random House). Her tantalising  recipes are regularly featured in 10 Best column of The Guardian’s Cook supplement.

Here is her video for The Guardian Cook, cooking Ukrainian dishes.

‘Nominated by  The Observer rising star 2015’

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