Lizzie Mabbott is an Anglo-Chinese self-taught cook and award-winning food writer. Her Twitter account @hollowlegs has over 20,400 followers and her Instagram account @hollow_legs has over 11,800 followers. In 2011, Lizzie was one of Red Magazine's "20 Women Under 30" and in December 2014 she was featured in Elle Magazine's "Inspire List".Lizzie Mabbott's blog Hollow Legs (www.lizzieeatslondon.blogspot.co.uk) has been featured in the Telegraph's "Best Food Blog" top 10, Time Out's "Favourite Food Blog" top 10, and was highly commended at the OFM Awards 2012. It generates 20,000 page loads per day (15,000 unique page views).
Scotland's leading whisky writer Charles MacLean was founding editor of Whisky Magazine and of the Russian Whisky, and was for many years Contributing Editor of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's Newsletter (where he also chairs the Nosing Panel and writes the tasting notes). He contributes frequently to magazines around the world and is Whisky Correspondent to Scottish Field. He is Whisky Consultant to Bonhams Auctioneers, and is also the host of a TV channel (accessed via the internet) dedicated to the world of whisky, www.singlemalt.TV. He is a member of the Judging Panel (Spirits) of the International Wines & Spirits Competition, and was made a Keeper of the Quaich in 1992 and elevated to Master of the Quaich in October 2009 - the whisky industry's highest accolade. MacLean has published ten books on the subject, including Scotch Whisky, Malt Whisky, Whisky: A Liquid History, Whisky Tales, Eyewitness Companion to Whisky, World Whiskies and Whiskypedia.
Kay Maguire is the author of the award-winning RHS How to Grow Your Own Crops in Pots, which was published by Mitchell Beazley in 2013. She is a regular contributor to gardening magazines such as BBC Gardeners' World, The Garden and Amateur Gardening, as well as being the video producer for the RHS website. Kay trained at The Royal Botanic Garden Kew, where she gained the Kew Diploma, and was the Horticultural Editor of BBC Gardeners' World for six years. She is now a freelance writer, editor, producer and most importantly, grower.
Marianne Majerus is a leading garden photographer whose work is widely published in magazines and books. Her books with George Carter include Gardening with Herbs, Gardening with Containers, Projects for Small Gardens, and Living with Plants and The New London Garden (both Mitchell Beazley)
Chetna Makan was born in Jabalpur, an ancient city in central India. She has a degree in fashion and worked in Mumbai as a fashion designer before moving to the UK in 2003. Chetna reached the semi-final of The Great British Bake Off in 2014, and her first book, The Cardamom Trail, is a celebration of baking with Indian flavours. She has a very popular YouTube channel 'Food with Chetna' where she shares her creative flair for food.
Tarek Malouf is the founder and owner of The Hummingbird Bakery, an American-style bakery founded in London's Notting Hill in 2004 to bring the authentic taste of American home baking to the UK. The Hummingbird Bakery now has seven branches across London and Surrey and four in the Middle East, with further launches planned. It is famed the world over for its delicious cupcakes and other sweet treats and desserts. Tarek was recently awarded an MBE for services to baking and confectionary. Visit The Hummingbird Bakery website at www.hummingbirdbakery.com.
James Martin is one of Britain's favourite chefs. He wowed the country with his great desserts and cakes in the hugely popular BBC series Sweet Baby James, and also presents Saturday Kitchen on BBC1. He most recently co-presented the BBC's The Great British Village Show, which celebrated the traditional village fête. James won fame for quite a different talent when he reached the semi-finals of the 2005 series of Strictly Come Dancing. He is a consultant to P&O and has his own restaurants on the Ocean Village and Ocean Village Two cruise liners. He has also written several books including The Collection, Delicious!, Great British Dinners and Easy British Food.
Virgilio Martinez was the national skateboarding champion of Peru in the 1990s but, after an accident, decided to study law in Lima. During a holiday job, he discovered his passion for cooking, dropped out of university, and travelled to Canada and then London to become a Cordon Bleu graduate. After working for 10 years in Canada, Europe and Asia he became head chef of Gastón Acurio's restaurant in Bogota. Returning home, he opened his own restaurant, Central, in the Peruvian capital in 2010, recently voted the number one best restaurant by Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list and 4th position in The World's 50 Best Restaurants ranking. The 37-year-old chef also has two restaurants in London - LIMA and LIMA Floral - celebrating informal modern Peruvian cooking. LIMA is the UK's first and only Peruvian restaurant to be given a Michelin star. Martinez also runs Mater Initiativa - a foundation for research into, and protection of, Peruvian food culture. www.centralrestaurante.com.pe http://www.limalondon.com/
Simon Maughan studied Plant Science at the University of Edinburgh, and has spent 25 years furthering his knowledge and developing a love of practical gardening and plants. He was employed in 1995 to work on the RHS A-Z of Garden Plants and has worked on many dozens of gardening books, covering all aspects of the subject from species rhododendrons to garden design. He has worked as an editor and publisher for the RHS for over 12 years.
Angela Mckay is a surface pattern designer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally hailing from the sunny shores of Australia and the humid tropics of Thailand, she brings her unique illustrations together to create a fun and diverse range for her illustration company, Ohkii Studio. Angela draws her inspiration from many places including the natural world, overseas travel adventures, folk tales and old murder mystery novels. Her work is defined by its handmade qualities - all pieces are drawn and painted by hand before being screen or digitally printed.
Julian Metcalfe, co-founder of global success Pret A Manger, is dedicated to his next crusade, itsu... a revolutionary and refreshing take on affordable, healthy food. itsu's delicious but light menu and confident flavours are attracting millions of loyal fans. Years spent listening to the ideas and demands of Pret customers encouraged Metcalfe and his team to build a new type of food place altogether... They call it 'eat beautiful'. High-protein, low carb salads, brown rice dishes, freshly made sushi, soups and noodles - fresh food that tastes as good as it looks. There are now around 75 itsu shops in the UK. itsu has also developed a growing range of Asian-inspired healthy food products and is distributing them through supermarkets.
Claus Meyer has been a gastronomic entrepreneur for more than 30 years, and has inspired a generation to discover local Nordic produce through his portfolio of businesses, cookbooks, TV shows, lectures and agenda-setting viewpoints. He co-founded the celebrated restaurant noma, in Copenhagen, in 2003 and also founded restaurant GUSTU, in La Paz (Bolivia). In 2016 he opened a large-scale food space within the Grand Central Terminal in New York City, the Great Northern Food Hall, and a 100-seat restaurant, Agern, as well as a bakery in Williamsburg.
Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.Judith Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV's Antiques Trail, and Discovery's It's Your Bid. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and CNN. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.
Saiphin grew up on a mountain farm in Khao Kho, Northern Thailand, where she learned to cook with ingredients brought straight from field to wok. When she was 20, Saiphin moved to Hong Kong as a nanny where she spent the next 18 years cooking endless family meals and dinner parties, fitting catering jobs around her babysitting duties. Shortly after meeting Alex in 2001, she set up her own Thai takeaway and later a sit-down restaurant named Tuk Tuk Thai. The pair lived in Hong Kong for 6 years, before selling the restaurant and moving to London together in 2006.Rosa's Thai CafeFounded by Anglo-Thai husband and wife team Alex and Saiphin Moore, Rosa's is a Thai café group that has grown from a street-food stall in Brick Lane in 2008 to 11 London restaurants (Soho, Spitalfields, Angel, Carnaby Street, Islington, Brixton, Chelsea, Victoria, London Fields, West Hampstead & Stratford) today.
Linda Murphy is a journalist-turned-wine-writer, based in California. She is the former wine section editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, where she won two James Beard Awards, and was the managing editor of the New York Times' Wine Today.com. She contributes to www.JancisRobinson.com, Decanter magazine, and several other publications, and judges wine competitions through the USA. Based in Sonoma, she continually travels around the USA to taste the ever-widening range of American wines and meet their makers.