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.
Louise Blair is a home economist and food stylist who specialises in healthy recipes. She was a consultant for Diabetes UK and is the author of a number of books including Quick Cooking for Diabetes and Low-GI Cookbook, both published by Hamlyn.
Angela Boggiano is an experienced writer and food stylist who has worked for numerous magazines, including BBC Good Food, Olive, Delicious, Vegetarian Good Food Magazine, Food and Travel, and the Guardian magazine. She has worked as a food stylist on a range of TV programmes including the Nigella Bites Series, Ainsley's Big Cook Out, Meals in Minutes and Friends For Dinner.
Dr. Wynnie Chan is a Public Health Nutritionist, she is also the editor of four books in the McCance and Widdowson's The Composition of Foods series. She has written numerous articles for consumer magazines and newspapers, as well as scientific journals. She appears frequently on TV and radio programmes.
Gee Charman was raised and educated in Berkshire, where her family home still remains. She currently lives in London but spends as much time as possible in Berkshire where her mother's large country kitchen calls. Gee owns her own catering company and also works as a home economist.
Oi Cheepchaiissara was born in Thailand and took her degree in Bangkok at the Poh-Chang College of Arts. Now living in England, she runs her food manufacturing business, teaches Thai cooking and is the author of Hamlyn's Fresh Thai.
Half Chinese, half Egyptian, raised in England, lived in San Francisco and New York and now based in Hanoi, Bobby Chinn is one of the most respected chefs in Asia. Coming from a family of great cooks Bobby has always been passionate about food and he was taken under the wings of various cutting edge San Francisco chefs - Hubert Keller, Gary Danko, and Traci des Jardine where he learnt his trade. He now owns his own restaurant in Hanoi and his series on Asia is being filmed for Discovery. He has also appeared in the UK on BBC2's Saturday Kitchen and Full On Food.
Xanthe Clay is a talented chef and the main food columnist for The Saturday Telegraph. Xanthe's former Saturday Telegraph column, Reader's Recipes (a short, single column weekly piece), ran for eight years. It was the inspiration behind her previous book, It's Raining Plums, which was voted one of the most useful cookbooks of all time by Waitrose Food Monthly.
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Anna Del Conte is one of the greatest living experts on Italian food. Born in Milan, she read History and Philosophy before leaving for London in 1949 where she quickly became the first cookery writer in England to specialise in Italian food. Both Nigella and Delia cite her as their favourite Italian food writer and her culinary expertise has been acknowledged with countless awards.
Dan Doherty is Executive Chef at Duck & Waffle, London's first upscale 24-hour restaurant. In 2013 Dan became a weekly contributor to The Independent's 'Dish of the Day', where he now blogs about being a chef, the industry, recipes and more and recently joined Olive magazine as a columnist. His achievements have been honoured in the form of prestigious awards and accolades, including the title of Rising Star Chef, which he received at the 2013 Tatler Restaurant Awards. His first book, The Duck & Waffle Cookbook, was selected as one of the cookbooks of 2014 by Observer Food Monthly and Red Magazine.
Fiona Dunlop is the author of the critically acclaimed New Tapas in which she explored Spain's best tapas bars and, more recently, Medina Kitchen, which featured the best of home cooking in North Africa. For her latest book she has spent many months travelling in Mexico, tasting the food and talking to the locals. She writes regularly for the Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph, Observer and Olive magazine and has written several books, including many travel guides. Fiona lives in London.
Rose Elliot is a worldwide bestselling author. In 1999 she was honoured to receive the MBE from the Queen 'for services to vegetarian cookery', and in 2002 became a patron of The Vegetarian Society in the UK.
Meredith has written for The New York Times, Elle, enRoute, Food and Wine and Lucky Peach. She co-authored The Art of Living According to Joe Beef cookbook, which was nominated for a James Beard award in 2012. She also co-wrote the Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird (2013) and Olympia Provisions (2015) cookbooks. Meredith divides her time between Montreal and London.
Joanna Farrow loves having fun with her food, having giving cakes and cookies a whole new look in Dress Your Cake and Dress Your Gingerbread. A home economist and food writer, she has also contributed to numerous food magazines and has written a number of other titles, including Ready Steady Cook for Kids, Good Fast Family Food, Cake and Peek-a-boo Cakes.
Marina Filippelli is Italo-Brazilian and lived most of her childhood in Rome. Now living in London, she writes and food styles for numerous magazines. Marina's main passion is Italian food, a love she nurtures by managing cookery holidays throughout Italy and regularly visiting her family in Rome. She is the author of Hamlyn's successful Fresh Italian.
Killian Fox grew up in northwest Ireland and livesin London. He is the editor and co-founder of The Gannet, which acts as a conduit for his shameless nosiness about other people's eating habits. A regular contributor to the Observer Food Monthly, he has also written for the Guardian, The Times and the New Statesman, covering music, film, literature, travel and technology as well as food. He'd call himself an omnivore were it not for a lingering fear of boiled eggs.
Eleonora Galasso's Instagram formula is a unique mix of food and lifestyle in motion, which has won the hearts of over 45k loyal followers. The rule? Food happiness. No one can resist it.Eleonora zigzags between Rome and Paris, and has opened the door to secret locations in the historical centres of both cities, where she organizes cooking workshops and themed events. She runs clandestine pop-up restaurants in the least expected places, consults for major international brands and adores visiting local producers and reporting about it on her blog.www.eleonoragalasso.com/blogAs a young girl, Eleonora was forbidden from entering her grandmother's kitchen, but she was allowed to taste the linguine to make sure they were 'al dente'. As is often the case in life, an obstacle turned a young girl's curiosity into a hobby and then a career. In her family home she found a dusty old handwritten recipe book and started playing with the ingredients to make her dinner parties creative and exciting. She went on to train at the Ateneo Italiano della Cucina in Rome and has a Masters in Gastronomy and Food Culture. Her career as a journalist has taken her around the world: whether London, Paris, New York, Sao Paulo or Istanbul.
Nicola Graimes has been editing and writing books on the subject of healthy nutrition for children for the past 19 years. Nicola is particularly interested in healthy eating, organic food and children's diets, and her unpretentious, contemporary style of cooking is very much in touch with the requirements of modern parents.Nicola Graimes has had many books published in the UK including The Baby Cookbook, The Toddler Cookbook, Foods that Heal Cookbook, and The Vegan Cookbook. Nicola was editor of the UK's Vegetarian Living Magazine and The Vegetarian, the monthly magazine published on behalf of The Vegetarian Society. She has also written for The Sunday Express and is a member of The Guild of Food Writers. Nicola Graimes is a young, contemporary cook and is in touch with the requirements of modern parents. She knows what works and what doesn't, and is fully up-to-date with the latest nutritional information and ingredients.
Valentina Harris is a celebrity chef, author, broadcaster and lecturer. Her first television series, Italian Regional Cookery for the BBC, was shown in 1990 and 1998 to international acclaim, and she has just completed a new series for television, Tasting History. Valentina is established as a prolific writer on Italian food and cuisine. She is the author of over 20 books on Italian cookery including Classic Italian Cooking and contributes to many leading national newspapers and magazines such as The Sunday Times Cook's Companion and Insight Guide to Tuscany. Valentina is also founder and director of Villa Valentina Cookery Holidays Ltd.