Chantal's passion for cooking was ignited when, as a teenager, she was diagnosed as allergic to dairy, eggs and wheat. She believes everyone should take joy and satisfaction from food and so she specializes in freefrom cooking. Chantal has worked as a personal chef, caterer, restaurateur and in food product development. She is also a champion barbecuer, and has won several competitions including Jamie Oliver's 'Big Feastival'.
Ross Symons has developed a business out of his paper-folding side project. While working for a large ad agency in Cape Town, South Africa, Ross started an origami-themed Instagram account. Having pledged to make one origami piece each day for a year, Ross has no shortage of ideas - or experience. Now, he folds paper full time.
Lars Svensson is one of Europe's leading ornithologists, and a member of the taxonomic sub-committee of the British Ornithologists' Union. He is the author of the best-selling Collins Bird Guide (£25.00), which is widely regarded as the definitive reference guide for European birders - though far too large to use in the field. He lives in Sweden.
Kate Sutton is a marathon-running, yoga-loving illustrator based in the north-west of England. She loves to travel and finds inspiration everywhere she goes. The natural world, patterns and hand-drawn type are common themes in her work, which has been published in several books and magazines.
Deyan Sudjic is a writer, broadcaster and director of the Design Museum. Before his post at the Design Museum, he was the design and architecture critic for The Observer, the Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University and co-chair of the Urban Age Advisory Board. He is a leading figure in the field of architectural theory.
Having joined Farrow & Ball more than 20 years ago, Joa Studholme has amassed a vast wealth of experience. From developing new colours to consulting on design projects, Joa works with the paints and papers every day on both residential and commercial projects and chooses colours for more than 4,500 rooms a year. A self-confessed "colour geek", her passion for interior design and colour means her own home is under constant renovation and she claims to redecorate it at least once a month.
Jane Struthers is an astrologer, tarot reader, healer and writer. She is the astrologer for Bella, one of Britain's bestselling women's magazines. She has appeared on many television and radio programmes and is the author of a number of books, including The Palmistry Bible, The Art of Tea-leaf Reading and 8 Ways to Tell Your Fortune.
Ben Street is an art historian, lecturer and writer based in London. He lectures for many museums and institutions and runs his own art trips abroad.
Arizona-based Jenny Strebe is author of the blog Confessions of Hairstylist and has been working with hair for over 14 years, including a 6-year stint with Tony & Guy. Her work has been featured in 944, Dwell, Lifestyles as well as on the TV on NBC and TLC and several other national media outlets. Jenny currently contributes to a number of blogs and Confessions of a Hairstylist was named one of the top hair blogs by Latest Hairstyles and Indiechick.
If ever there was a vintage-clad, firey redhead that knew how to bring all the glam of the golden years to life, it's Angel Strawbridge. Angel has written down her well-honed insight for all things 'tea party' so that everyone can share the magic of this timeless era anywhere and for any occasion.Angel's eye for beautiful things began at the age of thirteen, when she started acquiring fur jackets, jewelled bags and glamorous hats from the vintage eras. A market stall followed and when the stall couldn't cope anymore, Angel moved to a big converted school house in Bethnal Green. It was here in 2001 that she launched The Vintage Experience, where Angel offered advice, styling and hand-picked vintage delights for her clients - as well as providing them with delicious cakes! The Vintage Experience lasted for seven years. When this could grow no more, the Vintage Patisserie brand was born.Angel appeared on BBC Two's Dragon's Den in 2010 and instantly became the face to remember when she was offered a £100k investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis for developing her website and business, The Vintage Patisserie (http://www.vintagepatisserie.co.uk).In the same year, Angel met and fell in love with ex-Army colonel, engineer, inventor and author, Dick Strawbridge. Life moved quickly! They are now married and have two children, Arthur and Dorothy. The Strawbridges have embarked on the renovation project of a lifetime in rural France, bringing the fairytale 19th-century Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson back to life. Together they make quite a team and their adventures in craft, vintage weddings, engineering and all things DIY can be seen in the popular Channel 4 series Escape to the Chateau.
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).
Alice Storey is originally from Tazmania and now lives in London. She has had many years of experience as a Home Economist and currently works as such on UKTV Food's Market Kitchen. Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Super Salads is her first book.
Siobhan Stirling is a BBC producer and journalist who writes regularly for national parenting magazines, including Practical Parenting and New Baby. She is the mother of two and having used the strategies outlined in this book is now enjoying peaceful nights!
Victoria Stilwell was born and raised in Wimbledon and is best known for her role as the host of Channel 4's hit TV series It's Me or the Dog. Stilwell has been featured in numerous magazines and journals, has appeared on countless television and radio shows, and her popular Positively Podcast series is heard by listeners worldwide.
Steven Wooster is an award-winning photographer and former garden design graduate at Capel Manor, who can commnicated key garden design concepts through the camera lens. Steven also lives in London.
Mark and Keith launched Mini Moderns in 2006, an interiors brand specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, rugs and ceramics. The initial collection was snapped up by Heal's and the brand now sells online and via selected stockists around the world. Their design influences range from mid-century textiles to vintage toys, from literature to childhood memories.
Higgidy's founder and chief pie maker, Camilla Stephens, began making pies in 2003, having trained as a cook at Leiths School of Food and Wine. She worked for a time as head of food development for Starbucks UK before leaving to follow her dreams and start her own business - Higgidy. Since then, Higgidy has become one of the UK's fastest-growing food companies, and its products are now stocked in most of the country's major supermarkets. Camilla is married to Higgidy's co-founder James, and they have two children.
Midia Star is a journalist and freelance writer. She has studies and practised witchcraft, paganism and tarot since she was 12-years-old. Her philosophy is to live a magical life.
Frances studied Illustration at University College Falmouth after her Foundation Degree at Portsmouth University. She has since completed The Drawing Intensive Scholarship with The Royal Drawing School and currently works as a Restoration Artist alongside maintaining her own practice. She is a co-founder and tutor for The London Drawing Group.
Emma Spitzer was born and raised in Brighton, southern England, to Jewish parents of Polish and Russian descent.Following her success on reaching the final of BBC 1's MasterChef, Emma has been in high demand. She has been teaching cookery classes and demonstrating at food festivals, running sell-out supper clubs and catering for private dining events. Emma's popularity on the show is evident through her social media following, with more than 50,000 followers on Twitter. She lives in north London with her husband, four young daughters and their cat.