Larry Walker is based in San Francisco,where he writes on the subjects of wine,food, and travel.He has been writing on the California wine scene for overtwenty-five years and is a highly regarded expert on this area.He is the authoror co-author of seven book on wine and food, including To the Heart of Spain,Tequila:the Book, and The Best of California.He also contributes to many publicationsincluding Wines & Vines,Quarterly Review of Wines,Sunset Publications in the US and WineInternational and Harpers in the UK.
Peter Ward has grown primroses and auriculas for 40 years and until recently was one of Britain's leading exhibitors and raisers, though he is now retired. He is a former secretary of the Midland and West section of the National Auricula and Primula Society. He lives in Bristol, England.
Fran Warde is a cook and best-selling food writer. She spent 18 months in the kitchens at The Café Royal before opening her own restaurant in London and then moving into catering and opening a successful cookery school. Fran co-authored with Joanna Harris the award-winning The French Kitchen, followed by The French Market. Her other books include New Bistro and Food for Friends. She has written for numerous publications, including The Saturday Times Magazine, BBC Good Food and Waitrose Food Illustrated and was the food editor of Red magazine.
Valentine Warner is a food writer and cook with a passion for nature, the seasons and mainly being outdoors. He trained under chefs such as Alastair Little and Rose Carrarini before setting up a private catering company. In September 2008 Valentine burst on to our TV screens with his first hit series What to Eat Now which saw him seeking out the best food and dishes that the four seasons have to offer. Valentine writes a monthly column for Countryfile and Delicious and has written for The Times, The Independent, Olive, Waitrose Food Illustrated and more. A self-confessed, natural born fidget, Valentine always finds a cure for his restlessness at home in the kitchen. The two accompanying books for What to Eat Now and What to Eat Now - More Please have both been published by Mitchell Beazley and have been best-sellers.
Laura Washburn Hutton
Since graduating from the prestigious École de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris, Laura Washburn Hutton has had a number of careers. In Paris, she worked as an assistant to Patricia Wells. Later, after moving to London, she worked as a Commissioning Editor, overseeing the publications of many cookery books as well as writing numerous publications herself. Opting for a better work-life balance, she has slowed down the pace to be able to 'have the time to actually cook instead of only reading about it'. She now combines writing about food with teaching people how to cook.
Neil Waterman has spent 35 years working in the highest levels of motorsport, and was a senior member of the Red Bull Racing team that dominated Formula 1 and won four consecutive World Driver's and Constructor's Championships. He has also worked for Benetton, Renault, Ligier and Jaguar Racing F1 teams.
Tim Webb began writing about better types of beer when most of what could be said had to be reported in the past tense. During six years on the board of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) he ran Britain's national beer festival and co-founded CAMRA's publishing company. He has written Good Beer Guide Belgium continuously since 1992 and has won awards for beer writing in four countries. In a career spanning over 40 years he has witnessed and chronicled the return of the craft of beer brewing, perhaps the most extraordinary consumer-led revolution of modern times.
Suzy Wengel is a nutritional advisor, lecturer, scientific researcher and director of the biotech company RiboTask.Suzy developed the Sense Diet to overcome her own weight gain, and it enabled her to lose 40kg in 9 months in 2011 - and keep it off. She has since helped hundreds of clients to achieve their own goals by following the diet. She has written The Scandi Sense Diet so that you can see the benefits for yourself at home.Suzy lives in Denmark with her husband Jesper and their five children.
Da-Hae was born in Busan, South Korea, but raised in England from the age of three. Her mother continued to cook Korean food in England, often using ingenious substitutions, so Da-Hae enjoyed Korean breakfasts, lunches and dinners every day. With her husband, Gareth West, she decided to start their street food company Busan BBQ in 2013, with Da-Hae now running the business full-time. Da-Hae, Gareth and Busan BBQ have been featured in the media on numerous occasions, from the Travel Channel and BBC's The One Show to many excellent reviews and features in press ranging nationals such as the Telegraph and the Independent to magazines such as Stylist.
Da-Hae and Gareth West
Da-Hae was born in Busan, South Korea, but raised in England from the age of three. Her mother continued to cook Korean food in England, often using ingenious substitutions, so Da-Hae enjoyed Korean breakfasts, lunches and dinners every day. Gareth's career in food began with a job at restaurant group D&D London. They decided to start their street food company Busan BBQ in 2013, with Da-Hae now running the business full-time. Da-Hae, Gareth, and Busan BBQ have been featured in the media on numerous occasions, from the Travel Channel and BBC's The One Show to many excellent reviews and features in press ranging nationals such as the Telegraph and the Independent to magazines such as Stylist.
Stuart Weston has been running his own successful upholstery company in Brentwood, Essex, for 14 years. Before this he spent 16 years apprenticed and employed in the industry, learning the highly skilled art of quality upholstery, and also renovating and creating new furniture. His passion for creating exceptionally well-finished pieces of furniture is self-evident.
Marco Pierre White
Marco Pierre White - the original 'enfant terrible', has earned his place in British culinary history as much for his strong temperament as for his unique talent as a chef. The youngest chef ever to earn three Michelin stars, he has become not only a star chef of international renown and food icon of our time, but also a multimillionaire entrepreneur. His growing empire of restaurants includes L'Escargot, the Mirabelle, Luciano, and the Frankie's chain. He is opening Marcos in September.
Executive Chef, John Williams has overseen The Ritz restaurant since 2004. The son of a Tyneside fisherman, today he is one of the most respected chefs in Britain. He is a humble man who, as a teenage chef, came from England's north-east to London, propelled by an ambition to cook for 'very special people'. That dream has long been realised: John's food is relished by royalty, and savoured by presidents and prime ministers. His career includes seventeen years in the kitchens of Claridge's.John has received numerous honours during his time at The Ritz, including a Michelin star (in 2016), an MBE and a Chevalier de l'Ordre du Merite Agricol (the first British chef to receive such an honour).
Tim Wilson was born and brought up in Peterborough on the edge of the Fens. He was a student on the University of East Anglia MA Course in Creative Writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter. He still lives in Peterborough.
Andrew Wilson is a founding Director of The London School of Garden Design and an award winning garden designer, lecturer and writer. He is Chief Assessor for the RHS for show gardens and has been assessing and judging for over 12 years, mainly at Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows. He writes a regular column for Gardens Illustrated and has contributed to a series of books, including Influential Gardeners, The Book of Garden Plans and the Book of Plans for Small Gardens (all Mitchell Beazley). He is also the founding editor of The Garden Design Journal and regularly contributes to the RHS journal The Garden.
With his restaurant declared one of 2013's best by both Fay Maschler of the Evening Standard and Nick Lander of The Financial Times, Andrew Wong is doing something extraordinary that is attracting attention and accolades from top critics, chefs and foodies from London and further afield. After studying social anthropology at LSE, Andrew decided to study catering on a whim. Little did he know that this would become a turning point, with food taking over his entire life for the next 13 years through his passion and hard work. After stints in kitchens across London, Andrew decided to travel around China, moving from kitchen to kitchen - from a noodle stand in Chengdu to the Millennium Hotel in Qingdoa. Upon returning to London, he opened A. Wong to rave reviews from the Evening Standard, the Guardian, The Independent and The Times. He also won Chinese Masterchef in the UK in 2013. Just nine months after opening, the restaurant's modern exploration of regional Chinese cuisine resulted in it being rated as one of the best Chinese restaurants in the UK by The Good Food Guide, as well as winning a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2014. When he isn't at work in his kitchen, Andrew contributes to the Ming ai Chinese cultural project, teaches the art of noodle pulling and occasionally appears on TV (he taught renowned British baker Paul Hollywood how to pull noodles on BBC1). Find out more about A. Wong online at awong.co.uk or on Twitter at @awongSW1.
James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist, science writer and broadcaster based in London. Graduating with a Master of Science degree in Ethnobotany in 2006, he pursued his key research interests of under-utilized crop species and traditional food systems through field work in rural Ecuador, Java and southern China.He is the author of the best-selling books Grow Your Own Drugs, Homegrown Revolution and, for Mitchell Beazley, RHS Grow for Flavour (more than 64,000 copies sold) and How to Eat Better (more than 85,000 copies sold). He has presented BBC2's award-winning series Grow Your Own Drugs and co-presented, with Dr Michael Mosley, The Secrets of Your Food - a major BBC series on the science of food. He has a column in the Observer magazine.With his obsession for food almost eclipsing his love of plants, James's small London garden serves as a testing station for all manner of crops from around the world.