Elle Nikishkova is a passionate outdoor chef focusing on open fire cooking with local and sustainable ingredients. She teaches outdoor cooking techniques in different settings and adds spice to workshops and outdoor events with her knowledge about wild edible plants, mushrooms and seasonings from near and far. Being born in Ukraine during the Soviet Union era, Elle learned to cook from scratch with her mother and grandmother. Later she learned about outdoor cooking exploring her passion for travel and adventure. Elle started up a restaurant in the Guatemalan jungle when she was backpacking around the world. After that she knew that outdoor cooking would be a part of her life at some point in the future.
Even though our ambassador obtained a Master´s degree to be a diplomat and work with international politics, she decided to switch the course of her professional life to become an outdoor chef and forager. Living and enjoying life every day is her main motto and by the looks of her Instagram posts, that’s exactly what she does. Today she inspires and teaches the Swedish public about foraging and outdoor cooking through national television, courses, workshops and outdoor events. She is a prolific social media communicator and will soon release her first book on mushrooms and food.