The Chef

Шеф-повар украинского ресторана «Шинок» Елена Никифорова

When the lady rules the restaurant’s kitchen …

No tiny detail – whatever inconspicuous it may be – will escape her gaze, as in culinary art, like in any other, any detail may become the centre of attention. Every leaf of lettuce on the plate, the shape and colour of this plate, the moment the plate appears on the table in front of the guest… There are plenty of details to master — and a true professional should know how to bend them all to his or her will.

She is able to express her love to her job in both the taste of a dish and its name, in the menu composition and product selection. Love is seen as an important part of culinary formulae, a means and a method at the same time. Who knows – this word may have entered all of her recipes already.

Shinok’s kitchen has been headed by the lady – Elena Nikiforova – since 2008. She used to cook for highly ranking officers of the Russian Armed Forces Central Command, staff of the Main Department Store, would-be-diplomats and their tutors from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and professors of the Moscow State University. Elena joined Shinok in 2000 when she took over the position of Sous-chef. Now she is a strict supervisor of several dozens of cooks. She continuously delivers workshops for the youth, and she firmly believes that she would never want to get completely satisfied with herself and stop in her professional development. Therefore she carries on learning from the best chefs of Russia and Europe.