Nikita, the winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2022, grew up in Derby before moving to London to pursue her dreams of becoming a chef. Nikita has worked in various Michelin starred restaurants across London, until she joined Kitchen W8 in 2020 where she worked up to Junior Sous Chef. Nikita is classically trained with a love for Asian flavours and loves to create her own style of fine dining in the dishes she creates. Nikita received comments such as “force to be reckoned with” from William Sitwell, and “You absolutely nailed it. It really took me back to when I was a child in Japan” from Jun Tanaka.