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.
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.
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.
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.
Harumi Kurihara's cooking, lifestyle books and magazines have made the charismatic former housewife a phenomenon in her native Japan and she has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. She currently has more than 60 shops and cafés in Japan that sell her homeware, cookware and clothing ranges. Her success is rooted in her effortless, down-to-earth and unpretentious approach to stylish living and eating, which follows a philosophy of elegance and simplicity. Harumi's own inspiration derives from her traditional upbringing in a big family in central Japan. Later, as a full-time housewife and mother, married to Reiji Kurihara, a former TV anchorman, she found her talent to create delicious, simple to prepare, fashionable meals, without great expense. This skill, combined with her eye for simple, beautiful and practical home decoration has made her the most celebrated lifestyle authority in Japan.
Elisabeth Luard is an award-winning food-writer, journalist and broadcaster, and a renowned authority on authentic Spanish cooking. Having lived in Madrid and Andalucia and travelled throughout the Peninsula for many years, she has collected a wealth of wonderful traditional dishes which deliver the tastes and flavours of Spain's remarkably regional cuisine.
Christine Manfield is one of Australia's most celebrated chefs, a perfectionist inspired by strong flavours, a creative spirit whose generosity and skills have inspired young chefs, and a writer whose successful books have spiced up the lives of keen cooks from Melbourne to Mumbai and Manhattan. Owner of the award-winning Universal restaurant in Sydney, she has written five highly-acclaimed books: Stir, Spice, Christine Manfield Originals, Christine Manfield Desserts and Fire - A World of Flavour.
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.
Levi Roots first came to public attention when he conquered the dragons on the BBC television series 'Dragons' Den', winning backing for his Reggae Reggae Sauce business. The Reggae Reggae brand has since gone from strength to strength, with many new sauces and other foods being added to the range. Levi's primetime BBC television series and bestselling book - Caribbean Food Made Easy - followed, making Levi one of the nation's most popular cooks. Levi was brought up in Jamaica by his grandparents before joining his parents in Brixton, London, when he was 11 years old. He was taught to cook by his grandmother as a child and has enjoyed preparing Jamaican food for his family and friends ever since. He has had a long career as a musician, receiving a nomination for a prestigious MOBO award in 1998.He has a café and takeaway, and every summer runs his popular Rasta'raunt - a stall selling Caribbean food and his famous sauce at the Notting Hill Carnival.
Rosemary Shrager's passion for food started at the tender age of six, and she's been creating delicious dishes ever since. She has worked with some of the world's top chefs, including Pierre Koffmann and Jean-Christophe Novelli; she charms and cajoles her students as she teaches, demonstrates and enthuses about cookery at her cookery school in the UK and in appearances around the world; and she's been showing us all how to eat fantastically in her popular TV shows on three continents. Find out more about Rosemary at www.rosemaryshrager.com.
Dick & James Strawbridge are experts in the Good Life - and it's the life they've led at Newhouse Farm, their smallholding in Cornwall, in the southwest of England. On just 3 acres of land in the midst of a village they've produced an abundance of good things to eat and drink: fruits and vegetables that they eat fresh, juice, ferment and preserve, pigs for ham, sausages, salamis and bacon, a mixed flock of birds for eggs and eating, and bees for honey - to name a few. It's been a lifestyle driven by their desire to eat well every day.Dick & James appear regularly on TV in the UK and Australia. The whole family featured on the BBC's It's Not Easy Being Green--which documented their move to Newhouse Farm. Dick is a regular host of C4's Scrapheap Challenge, contributes frequently to Coast on the BBC and last year came 2nd place on the BBC's Celebrity Masterchef, showcasing his cooking talent.Dick & James will appear together on ITV1's The Hungry Sailors from Spring 2012, and there's more to come. When they're not on location, tending the garden, feeding the animals or cooking and eating, they're spreading the word and sharing what they've learned. Previous books include It's Not Easy Being Green (BBC Books) and Practical Self-Sufficiency (DK).
Widely acclaimed as the western world's authority on Thai food, David Thompson is one of Australia's foremost chefs, restaurateurs and food writers. He is also an eloquent ambassador for Thai culture. Through his previous book Thai Food, and his acclaimed restaurants in Sydney and London, he has increased the awareness and appreciation of authentic Thai cooking worldwide.
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.
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.