Neha Mishra is a self-taught chef whose Dubai restaurant, Kinoya, was named, after just 11 months in business, as the One To Watch as part of MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022.
Indian-born Mishra, who grew up in Dubai, quit her day job as a film producer to focus on her passion for cooking. She started a ramen supper club called A Story of Food in her home, serving over 7000 guests before setting up her own restaurant, Kinoya.
Incredibly, Mishra is entirely self-taught and has never received any culinary training, either formally, or from a mentor of any sort. Instead, she has learned from books and frequent research trips to Japan, educating her own palate.
Mishra obsessively studies the Japanese art of ramen in order to find her own true interpretation of the dish. With regular visits to Japan to immerse herself in the culture of ramen, Mishra is constantly refining and perfecting her own take on the Japanese dish. It allows her to serve food that fits into the UAE’s restaurant scene, while being respectful of the tradition from which it comes.
A self-starter, Mishra has manifested her dream of owning a restaurant that is now lauded internationally. Not afraid to take risks, the chef's dedication, passion and skill has so far paid off. Watch this space.