Artist and designer David Saunders graduated from Chelsea College of Art and assisted Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw and other Young British Artists before launching fashion and interiors label, David David, in 2007. He initially gained attention by wearing his own hand-printed T-shirts to art and fashion industry parties. 'I fell into fashion by accident, really', Saunders recalls. 'It was just a process of who I was living with and what parties I was going to. I started making hand-printed T-shirts for myself and people would be like "where did you get that from?"'Inspired by a trip to Paris Fashion Week with friend Isabella Blow, David developed a fashion line that won him a coveted spot in London's Fashion East runway show and NewGen sponsorship from the British Fashion Council. His work has been included in the V&A exhibition, 'British Design from 1948-2012' and has twice been installed on the Stamp Stair at Somerset House during London Fashion Week. The current David David range includes prints, T-shirts, umbrellas, wallpaper, tableware and scarves.
Harneet Baweja and his wife Devina Seth grew up in Kolkata, and from an early age food played an important role in both their families as they enjoyed recipes that had been passed down for generations. They moved to London in 2014 and, finding a gap in the market for home-style dishes that really capture the intricacy of Indian cooking, they set up Gunpowder with head chef Nirmal Save. Nirmal is originally from Mumbai, where he grew up on a farm and developed a keen interest in the ingredients and produce his mother and grandmother taught him to cook.www.gunpowderlondon.com @gunpowder_london (Instagram) @gunpowder_ldn (Twitter)
Nathan Sawaya is the first contemporary artist to take LEGO into the art world. Painstakingly crafted, his work is both beautiful and playful, and elevates this ordinary toy to the status of fine art.His unique sculptures and renowned touring exhibition, The Art of the Brick, breaks attendance records globally. Nathan has received numerous awards recognizing his art and cultural achievements. In 2014, he founded The Art Revolution Foundation, for the purpose of making art a priority in our schools and homes. He has spoken at Google Zeitgeist, TEDx, Yahoo! and the Clinton Library.
Robin Scagell is a long-serving Vice President of Britain's Society for Popular Astronomy. A lifelong stargazer, he has worked as an observer and photographer, and as a journalist has edited a wide range of popular-interest magazines. Robin is the author of several popular astronomy books, and has contributed to many other publications. He has been awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Reporting in recognition of his many appearances on TV and radio talking about astronomy and space.
John Schreiner is the dean of British Columbia circle of wine writers and anaward-winning author. In 1984, he wrote The World of Canadian Wine and since thenhe has written a number of wine books, including the bestselling British ColumbiaWine Country, The Wineries of British Columbia (recently revised), and Icewine:The CompleteStory, the first book on the subject.He is a graduate of the Germany Wine Academyand a member of several wine clubs.He has judged wines around the worldand is a keen amateur winemaker.He lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Michael Schuster trained in tasting in Bordeaux. In the early 1980s he helped create an award-winning wine retail business, and since then he has worked as an independent writer, consultant and lecturer, running his own wine school in north London with his wife Monika, a Cordon Bleu trained chef. His tastings range from his foundation Beginners Course, to much sought after events each May, where he coaches students in the demanding practicalities of Master of Wine Blind Tasting.For many years he sat on the board of The Wine Society, one of Britain's foremost mail order merchants, and during its first ten years he chaired the Burgundy panel at Decanter's World Wine Awards. He is a regular contributor to The World of Fine Wine, writing their annual Bordeaux en primeur report, for articles in which he was shortlisted for Feature Writer of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards 2008. He lectures to amateurs and professionals in the UK and abroad and in 2002 he was elected to the Academie Internationale du Vin.
Dr. Scott Miller
Dr. Scott Miller is a practising vet and television personality. He has appeared on numerous programmes, including This Morning (for whom he is a regular contributor), Pet Rehab, Blue Peter and Australian Animal Hospital. Scott is dedicated to a number of worthwhile charities worldwide, protecting animals such as cats, whales, dolphins and bears. He is also the proud owner of Betty, a Border Terrier and co-star of this book.
John Scott studied with yogi Shri K Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in India, where he qualified to teach Ashtanga Yoga around the world. He has instructed many people in Ashtanga Yoga, including high-profile celebrities Madonna and Sting. John now spends much of his time teaching international workshops and undertaking teacher trainings.
Rebecca has written about food and drink for the Financial Times, Evening Standard, the Observer, the Guardian, Red and The Sunday Times. Her cookbooks include Istanbul: Recipes from the heart of Turkey and Lisbon: Recipes from the heart of Portugal, as well as LEON Happy Soups and LEON Happy One-pot, both of which she co-authored with John Vincent. She is one of the food and drink experts on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch. She believes that with the right skills, and just a bit of knowledge, everyone can eat well and hopes that her writing goes a little way towards helping that happen. She lives in London with her husband and two small daughters.
Natalie Seldon is an award-winning food writer and freelance food and prop stylist. She has worked as a food editor at Sainsbury's Magazine and Delicious. She published her first cookbook, The Goodness of Nuts & Seeds (Kyle Books, 2017), earlier this year. She can be found on instagram @prettyediblestylist and blogs regularly at www.natalieseldonstyling.com.
Patricia Seligman is the author of many books on painting, including Step-by-Step Art School: Oils published by Hamlyn. She works part-time as a curator of the Lennox Boyd Collection of mezzotints.
Isa Maria Seminega
Isa Seminega is a design entrepreneur and strategist using business and design to make an impact in the world.For sixteen years she's worked with brands to communicate their cause, share their stories and define their position in the market. In 2009, she moved away from corporate brands, starting her own agency to work with creative entrepreneurs, and has worked with many small business owners as a marketing, PR and brand consultant. She's also the founder and design director of Happy Piece, a socially conscious homeware brand and ethical manufacturing studio, on a mission to eradicate poverty in Rwanda.
Linda Seward is an experienced quilter who earns her living as a freelance writer, editor and consultant. She has developed her knowledge of quilting through her research and study of antique quilts and by making and then writing about her quilting designs. She has written many quilting books, including Country Quilts and The American Quilt. She lives in London with her husband and three children.
Dr Shanida Nataraja
Dr Shanida Nataraja has a PhD in Neurophysiology from University College London. Her research thesis focused on learning and memory and she has continued to work in this field, holding a post-doctoral research position at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Shanida is currently senior medical writer at a medical education agency writing in the field of cardiology, oncology, psychiatry and women's health. Shanida regularly meditates and practices yoga and in 2004 collaborated in the development of a seminar on the benefits of meditation, tai chi and chi kung for professionals.
Tim A Shaw
Tim A Shaw lives in London. He is an artist and the co-founder of Hospital Rooms, a charity devoted to bringing museum-quality, site-specific artworks to mental-health facilities throughout the United Kingdom.
Flora Shedden lives in Scotland, where she spends as much time as possible at her family home in Highland Perthshire. She was one of the youngest ever semi-finalists on the Great British Bake Off, impressing judges and public alike with her simple, elegant designs. Her favourite pastimes are cooking, photography and writing. She writes a regular online column for The Scotsman.
Lou (Loulia) Sheppard is one of the best-known hairstylists in the industry. She has been personal hairstylist to Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson and Selma Hayek and worked on films such as The King's Speech, Anna Karenina and The Duchess, among many others.
Loulia (Lou) Sheppard is an Academy Award nominee and one of the best-known hairstylists in the industry. She has been personal hairstylist to Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson and Selma Hayek and worked on films such as Victoria and Abdul, The King's Speech, Anna Karenina and The Duchess, among many others.
Ross Shonhan grew up in Australia, where he trained to be a chef before travelling around the world and working for the legendary Nobu Matsuhisa at Nobu in the US and Rainer Becker at Zuma in London. Ross achieved his dream of having his own ramen bar when he opened the first Bone Daddies in London Soho, and now leads a group that includes Flesh & Bones and Shackfuyu. Tom Moxon is group head chef of Bone Daddies.Find out more about Bone Daddies at instagram.com/bonedaddies, on Twitter at @BoneDaddiesLDN and at www.bonedaddies.com.
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.