Ponoi River Kitchen Staff

Let us introduce our kitchen staff
Anton Sidunov
Head Cheff

Anton Sidunov has been heading up the kitchen team at Ryabaga since 2012. His talent and dedication have had a key role in sending the culinary experience in Ryabaga to nstaggering heights. Anton takes his role as a leader very seriously, and feeds nearly 70 people daily in the most remote corner of the Kola Peninsula.

Natasha Shurina
Sous Chef

Natasha has been part of our kitchen team since 1997. As the wife of Sergei Zhurin, the duo makes a remarkably talented team. Natasha is best known for her work on the soups that accompany river lunches, and her mastery of local ingredients continues to receive the praise of guests. Her sweet and unassuming manner makes her a joy to have on staff.

Julia Tokareva
Sous Chef

From Murmansk, Julia has been part of the Ponoi team since 2013. Her methodical approach and zest for cooking giver her an edge that is most appreciated by the guests and staff alike. During the winter Julia works in the famed "Cafe Leto," alongside Anton Sidunov. Always in a great mood, she loves spending time in nature as well as dancing.

Roman Zavyalov
Pastry Chef

Roman hails from Murmansk and has been a pastry chef at Baltic Bread Bakery in Mfor nearly 9 years. He is in charge of preparing not only all breads, cookies, and baked goods, but he also works magic with the Ryabaga desserts.

Misha Salunin
Sous Chef

Misha has been working with us on Ponoi since 2015. He resides in Murmansk in the off-season, though he attended college in St. Petersburg, and earned a degree as a Technologist. Misha is an accomplished powerlifte, and he brings his experience as a sushi chef to Ryabaga, much to the delight of guests.

Elena Grishina
Sous Chef

Elena Grishina was born in the Arkhangelsk Region, but in 1993 her family moved to Revda Village in the Murmansk Region. She graduated from the Murmansk Trade and Economic Technical College in 2011, where she received a degree with honors. She worked as a cook in Las Galletas Cafe in Murmansk for three years before joining the PRC team in 2013. Grishina is married and has a daughter named Diana; her hobbies include hairdressing, drawing, interior design, and maintaining her home. 

Svetlana Kozhina
Kitchen Staff

Sveta Kozhina worked as a children's educator before taking a job in a children's recreation center in 1994. She worked in that capacity for 15 years as a household manager before retiring from full-time work in 2013. In 2016 Kozhina was working seasonally as a cook on the ship "Demyan Bedny" in Yakutsk, and she was invited to join the crew at Ryabaga. In 2017 Sveta joined the Ponoi Kitchen Team as a Kitchen Staff member.

Nadezhda Vaulina
Kitchen Staff

Nadezhda Vaulina was born in Umba. She studied and worked in the Umba District before moving to the Republic of Belarus in 1987. She received a degree as an economist and worked in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus from 2000-2014, and in the Luninetskaya District printing house from 2014 - 2017. Nadja has a son who was born in 1994. Her hobbies include sports, handicrafts, reading, design, and hairstyling.