Chloë Callow is editor of Caffeine magazine and is thoroughly steeped in the world of coffee. She works as an expert in water filtration for the coffee industry, and has written articles and reviews for a range of coffee and cocktail magazines and apps. She has also worked with the UK chapter of the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe.
From 1986, both at university and during an earlier career in corporate finance, Duncan spent every Saturday working for a well-known silver dealer in Portobello Road. Since 1993 he has built up a specialist silver business based in Bath, south-west England, focusing on the more unusual areas, such as early, foreign and colonial, ecclesiastical and rare silver. Duncan has produced silver catalogues and research for a wide variety of private clients and also for institutions, including The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Braziers, The City of Nottingham Museum, The Baltic Exchange, Lloyd's of London and The Bowes Museum. Since 2009 he has also been an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, one of his highlights having been the discovery of a silver spoon dating back to 1440.
Áine Carlin is the UK's bestselling vegan author, and has forged a unique niche for herself in the world of plant-based cooking with her refreshingly fun and easy approach to veganism. Her first two books, Keep It Vegan and The New Vegan were bestsellers. A regular on Irish television, Áine has also appeared on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. With a regular column in Veggie magazine and having contributed recipes to Sainsbury's Magazine, the Daily Telegraph, Stella, Mail on Sunday, Red magazine and more, her profile is going from strength to strength.
Thiago Castanho's love of food and local ingredients began at home, when his father decided to turn their living room into a small restaurant to support the family. Now 26, Thiago is one of the most acclaimed chefs of the new Brazilian cuisine with two restaurants: his first, Remanso do Peixe; and his new one, Remanso do Bosque, on the edge of a national park.Thiago's cuisine moves easily from tradition to modernity. He manages to combine comfort food and the diverse flavours of Brazil in a unique way. His food is in tune with nature, showing great love and respect for the environment and for local producers. Thiago featured on Michael Palin's BBC series Brazil.
Peter Chan founded Herons Bonsai, the UK's premier bonsai nursery, in 1986. He has achieved a record tally of 21 Chelsea Gold Medals to date and is the author of six best-selling books on bonsai. Over the years he has been featured in numerous television programmes on bonsai.
Jane Clarke is the resident nutritionist for the Daily Mail and was the nutritional consultant on the TV series Jamie's School Dinners. She lives in London with her four-year-old daughter Maya, whose enthusiasm for food reassures Jane that her methods work.
Edinburgh-trained Chris Collins has been the Blue Peter gardener since 2004. He has fronted and run the RHS Campaign for School Gardening that gives over 1 million UK kids access to school gardens. For adults, Chris presented the six-part series The Plantsman on BBC2 in 2003 and has just finished a new series of Garden Invaders for BBC1. He has just finished a series on Secret Gardens for ITV1's This Morning.
Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood is a champion barista who has competed in the World Barista Championship and has won the UK Barista Championship three times. He is co-owner of an award-winning independent roastery and coffee shop. Having travelled the world studying the science and art of coffee, Maxwell co-authored Water For Coffee with Dr. Christopher H. Hendon of MIT, a study on the chemical interactions between water and coffee, and how they can be manipulated to create a higher-quality cup. He frequently works with coffee experts around the world throughout various parts of the coffee chain to develop new and better technology for the enjoyment of coffee.
Dr Alex Comfort, M.B., D.Sc., was a leading expert on human sexuality and one of the most versatile authors of the 20th century. A pioneer in the study of old age, co-founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, anarchist, social commentator, novelist, and poet, he wrote over 50 books and countless scientific papers. Dr Comfort also worked as head of research on gerontology at University College London, a lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and Adjunct Professor at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. A member of the Royal Society of Medicine and an Associate Member of the American Psychiatric Association, he died in March 2000, aged 80.
Daniel Conaghan is an author, journalist and former financial advisor. He has written for the Daily Telegraph and was the founding executive of Conde Nast Online and UK Vice-President of Hollinger Digital. He has extensive knowledge of global financial markets through his work in Asset Management and as Director of KC Capital Ltd.
Head of creative, Charlotte Cosby, has been working with Farrow & Ball for the past eight years. Charlotte began her career in finance, but she soon realized that her heart was in the creative world and she moved to Farrow & Ball in 2006. She has full responsibility for creative direction, including product development, brand identity, photography, showroom design and much more. Charlotte is passionate about pattern, colour and design and spends much of her free time redecorating her beautiful Victorian apartment by the sea.
Le Pain Quotidien began in 1990 as an artisan bakery in Belgium and has evolved into more than 170 restaurants worldwide serving delicious, slow-fast food that does you good - all handmade with the best organic and local ingredients. With its communal tables where guests can sit and eat together in a tranquil, rustic environment, Le Pain Quotidien transports its customers to a simpler way of life. Worldwide locations include Belgium, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Russia, Qatar, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Bahrain, India, Japan, the Netherlands and Brazil.
Caroline Cox is an international authority on fashion history, whose work explores the relationship between fashion, beauty and culture. She works as a Cultural Trends Advisor for Vidal Sassoon's Advanced Academy, lectures throughout the world, and is a regular contributor to BBC Woman's Hour. Caroline was awarded the honour of a Visiting Professorship in Cultural History at the University of the Arts, London. Her books on fashion history and theory have been published internationally.
Richard Croasdale is an award-winning journalist, editor-in-chief of Ferment craft beer magazine, and an all-round lover of anything cold and hoppy. A member of the Guild of Beer Writers, Richard has travelled the world in search of the best beers and brewers, experiencing the diversity of approaches and cultures that make craft beer so exciting. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and can usually be found evangelising in the city's many excellent beer and whisky bars.