Last summer, Pitt Cue Co. was the talking point of London's Southbank. For three months, their trailer dished out hot, Southern US-style, slow-cooked food and instantly became a must-try experience. In January 2012, the trailer was joined by a destination restaurant in Soho, and since then there have been queues around the block.Tom Adams, Simon Anderson, Jamie Berger and Richard H. Turner brought together their experience from Hawksmoor, The Albion, The Blueprint Café and Brunswick House to create a fabulously finger-licking, bourbon-drinking paradise that's taken the London restaurant scene by storm.
Zoe Adjonyoh is a writer and cook from South-East London. Her pop-up restaurant and supper club has been making waves in the foodie scene - both in London and Berlin - bringing traditional and contemporary Ghanaian food to an audience outside of the Ghanaian community. Zoe appears at streetfood markets, pop-ups and festivals across Europe, as well as providing cookery classes and being an established event caterer. A writer by trade, Adjonyoh insists she's not a chef, and chooses to focus on homemade favourites and traditional flavours. Born to a Ghanaian father and Irish mother, Adjonyoh deepened her understanding of West African cuisine after a trip to visit her extended family in Ghana, where she spent time in her grandmother's kitchen, explored the famous Kaneshi street market, and met with cooks who shared with her their own takes on tradition. Zoe completed her MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmith's University.
Angel Adoree is the founder of The Vintage Patisserie, a popular vintage hosting company offering bespoke tea parties from a bygone era. Delivering music, makeovers and - of course - a customised menu of tea party treats that elevate any function into a swanky soiree. It has created unforgettable tea parties for famous clients including Paul Smith CBE, Myleene Klass, and Kim Jones to name but a few!Angel was the outstanding character on BBC Two's series 'Dragons' Den'. She has grown up with great determination, a skill for creativity and has taught herself strong business acumen - she ticked all the boxes with the dragons and became the face of the series. Angel's eye for beautiful things started at a young age, and by the age of thirteen she was buying vintage clothes and gems. A market stall followed and when the stall couldn't quell the tide of treasure, Angel moved to a big converted school house in Bethnal Green. It was here in 2001 that the launch of 'The Vintage Experience' took place, where Angel opened her doors to her devotees and revealed rail upon rail of vintage delights, and offered advice and hand-picked gems that were just right for her clients - as well as providing them with delicious cakes! The Vintage Experience lasted for seven years and when this brand could grow no more, the Vintage Patisserie was born! Angel's business has grown from strength to strength and this year saw the opening for her new East London event space, Vintage Hair Academy and Vintage Hospitality school.Angel's first book The Vintage Tea Party Book was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards 2011 for Food Book of the Year.
Maria Ahlgren is a Swedish healthy and beauty editor, who has previously written for publications such as Elle. She worked as a beauty, health and fashion journalist in Tokyo for several years, where she first became aware of the concept of beauty food.
Simon Akeroyd is a garden writer with a passion for both kitchen gardening and cooking. He contributes to numerous magazines including Grow Your Own (as the Allotment Gardener) and was also a garden and food writer for the BBC. His books include Shrubs and Small Trees, Lawns and Ground Cover, the RHS Allotment Handbook and Planner, A Small Course in Veg and Fruit, RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener and Raised-Bed Gardening. He was previously a Garden Manager for the Royal Horticultural Society, and worked at both RHS Wisley and Harlow Carr.
Tom Ang is a leading authority on digital photography, a photographer, author, TV broadcaster, and traveller. He won the Thomas Cook award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his photographic coverage of the Marco Polo Expedition, which pioneered the modern Silk Road crossing from Europe to China. He has worked as a magazine editor, picture editor, and technical journalist. He has exhibited internationally and was Senior Lecturer in Photographic Practice at the University of Westminster, London, for over 12 years. Among his many books on photography and video is the bestselling Digital Photographer's Handbook. Tom has also presented the successful TV series A Digital Picture of Britain for BBC4 and BBC2.
Jon Ardle is technical editor for the RHS magazine The Garden, specializing in bonsai and Japanese gardens. He is the author of two books on bamboos and grasses and lives in Peterborough.
Susy Atkins is an author and broadcaster who is known for her no-nonsense, down-to-earth and often humorous approach. She appears regularly on BBC1's flagship cookery programme, Saturday Kitchen, and speaks at food and wine festivals around the UK. She writes the weekly 'Sauce' drinks column for the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine and is wine columnist for the new National Geographic magazine supplement Green. She has won awards for her writing, including Glenfiddich Book of the Year for Drink!, Champagne Lanson Book of the Year for the Which? Wine Guide (twice) and International Wine and Spirit Competition Communicator of the Year.