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.
Luciana Bianchi is a food writer and trained chef with a background in molecular science. She has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, cooked for celebrities, interviewed most of the top international chefs, and has published work in 14 countries. Luciana is a member of the Guild of Food Writers UK, a contributor to the website of The World's 50 Best Restaurants, and a writer for the Italian International Food Guide, Identità Golose. A frequent traveller and food researcher based in the UK, she divides her time between Latin America and Europe. With more than 20 years experience in the field, she is a gastronomy consultant for M&C Saatchi, and an Associate Lecturer at the Basque Culinary Centre. Her articles and micro-blogging have thousands of followers in social networks.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Cross, a trained nutritionalist, has had a varied career including TV presenter for UK Living and Channel Health, health and beauty journalist and author. She is the author of Food Boosters for Kids, Miracle Soups and Curb the Carb, all published by Hamlyn.Location: Southampton, UK.
Anna del Conte
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 the Chef Director at London's Duck & Waffle, with a restaurant on the 40th floor of Heron Tower in the City of London and the more informal Duck & Waffle Local in London's West End. He won Tatler's Rising Star Chef award at their 2013 Restaurant Awards and the Guardian declared him 'among the high priests of Britain's culinary revival'.He has appeared on BBC 1's Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and regularly speaks and demonstrates at festivals and events including Taste London and Meatopia. His second book, Toast Hash Roast Mash, was published in 2016.
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.
One of Ireland's best-loved chefs, Kevin Dundon can usually be found busy at work in the Dunbrody Country House kitchens and cookery school. A chef with a love of locally sourced produce, he has cooked for many well-known celebrities during his career, including Queen Elizabeth II, President Bush and Bono.In 1997, Kevin and his wife founded the Dunbrody Country House Hotel, which has become synonymous with contemporary Irish country house cooking. In 2008, Kevin put his name to MGM Grand's new restaurant venture Raglan Road in downtown Disney, Orlando, and over the past few years has appeared on numerous TV channels in the US, Canada and Ireland. He is the author of Great Family Food, Recipes That Work, Full on Irish and Back to Basics.
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.
After 7 years as a professional body piercer in Camden, Gizzi Erskine decided to pursue her life-long dream of being a chef. In 2003 Gizzi started training at the prestigious Leith's School of Food and Wine. She graduated the top of her year and went on to win a placement at BBC Good Food magazine, where she started to establish herself as an award-winning food writer and stylist. A career in TV started with the popular C4 primetime show, Cook Yourself Thin, and she has since appeared on dozens of shows from Iron Chef to Sky 1's Ones to Watch and Jamie Oliver's Food Tube network.Always at the forefront of any trend, Gizzi was one of the first to back the pop-up restaurant scene, and her food events and festival appearances are legendary for those in the know. She has been designated one of the London Evening Standard's 1000 Most Influential People four times.Gizzi has been a columnist for The Sunday Times Magazine, Contributing Editor for InStyle and has written for a wide variety of other magazines and newspapers such as Marie Claire, Elle, Elle USA, Vogue USA, GQ, The Times and the Evening Standard. Her books include Cook Yourself Thin, Gizzi's Kitchen Magic, Skinny Weeks & Weekend Feasts and Gizzi's Season's Eatings.Find out more about Gizzi: Instagram @gizzierskine | Twitter @GizziErskine