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Andrew Wong

With his restaurant declared one of 2013's best by both Fay Maschler of the Evening Standard and Nick Lander of The Financial Times, Andrew Wong is doing something extraordinary that is attracting attention and accolades from top critics, chefs and foodies from London and further afield. After studying social anthropology at LSE, Andrew decided to study catering on a whim. Little did he know that this would become a turning point, with food taking over his entire life for the next 13 years through his passion and hard work. After stints in kitchens across London, Andrew decided to travel around China, moving from kitchen to kitchen - from a noodle stand in Chengdu to the Millennium Hotel in Qingdoa. Upon returning to London, he opened A. Wong to rave reviews from the Evening Standard, the Guardian, The Independent and The Times. He also won Chinese Masterchef in the UK in 2013. Just nine months after opening, the restaurant's modern exploration of regional Chinese cuisine resulted in it being rated as one of the best Chinese restaurants in the UK by The Good Food Guide, as well as winning a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2014. When he isn't at work in his kitchen, Andrew contributes to the Ming ai Chinese cultural project, teaches the art of noodle pulling and occasionally appears on TV (he taught renowned British baker Paul Hollywood how to pull noodles on BBC1). Find out more about A. Wong online at awong.co.uk or on Twitter at @awongSW1.

Anjali Pathak

Anjali Pathak is an exciting talent in the Indian food and spice arena with a fun loving and warm character. Having learnt the basics of Indian cookery from a young age, Anjali has stepped out of her heritage and works with spice and flavours from across the globe. She loves sharing recipes that are easy to follow for people that love to eat as well as love to cook. A respected chef, food writer and cookery teacher with qualifications from the prestigious Leiths School of Food & Wine, Wine Spirit & Education Trust (WSET) and a diploma in Diet & Nutrition, Anjali continues to go from strength to strength, regularly appearing in International media and television across the world. Her cookery masterclasses are always a sell out and you can find more information on Anjali on her popular website www.anjalipathak.com. Follow Anjali on Twitter and Instagram @anjali_pathak.

Claus Meyer

Claus Meyer has been a gastronomic entrepreneur for more than 30 years, and has inspired a generation to discover local Nordic produce through his portfolio of businesses, cookbooks, TV shows, lectures and agenda-setting viewpoints. He co-founded the celebrated restaurant noma, in Copenhagen, in 2003 and also founded restaurant GUSTU, in La Paz (Bolivia). In 2016 he opened a large-scale food space within the Grand Central Terminal in New York City, the Great Northern Food Hall, and a 100-seat restaurant, Agern, as well as a bakery in Williamsburg.

Clodagh Mckenna

Clodagh McKenna is a chef, restaurateur and broadcaster who studied in France and New York and trained and worked at Ballymaloe. She is the author of five books and runs a restaurant in Dublin called Clodagh's Kitchen. She has hosted numerous pop-ups in collaboration with brands including Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and The Whitney Museum. Instagram: @clodagh_mckenna

Cyrus Todiwala

Cyrus Todiwala OBE, DL, was born in Bombay and rose to become Executive Chef of the Taj Group of hotels in India. Looking for a new challenge, he moved to Britain, where he has lived for more than twenty years. As well as running three successful restaurants in London, he has written a number of cookery books and in 2013 co-presented The Incredible Spice Men on BBC TV. He also makes frequent appearances on BBC Saturday Kitchen and in other media.

Darina Allen

Darina Allen is Ireland's best-known food ambassador and the bestselling author of Ballymaloe Cookery Course and Forgotten Skills of Cooking, which won the prestigious André Simon award in 2009. She campaigns for local produce, is a member of Slow Food Ireland and set up Ireland's first farmers' market. She has won many awards including the Guild of Food Writers' Lifetime Achievement award in 2013. www.cookingisfun.ie

Diana Henry

Diana Henry is one of the UK's best-loved food writers. She has a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph and also writes for BBC Good Food, House & Garden and Waitrose Weekend, as well as being a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4. Diana has won numerous awards for her journalism and books, including Cookery Journalist of the Year from the Guild of Food Writers (three times, most recently in 2015), Cookery Writer of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards in 2013 and 2015 and Cookery Book of the Year for Simple at Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2017. A Change of Appetite was voted Cookbook of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2015 and A Bird in the Hand won a James Beard award in 2016. Diana has written ten other books including Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, A Bird in the Hand, Cook Simple, Salt Sugar Smoke, Roast Figs Sugar Snow, A Change of Appetite, Simple and How to Eat a Peach. A Bird in the Hand, Simple and How to Eat a Peach were Top 10 Bestsellers and Diana's books have sold over 700,000 copies worldwide.Diana studied English Literature at the University of Oxford and journalism at City, University of London. She was a TV producer for the BBC for over ten years before starting to write. She lives in London with her children.www.dianahenry.co.ukInstagram: @dianahenryfoodTwitter: @dianahenryfood

Jean-François Mallet

Jean-François Mallet trained at the prestigious Ferrandi culinary school in Paris, before deciding to follow his passion for photography. He now specialises in food photography.

Julian Metcalfe

Julian Metcalfe, co-founder of global success Pret A Manger, is dedicated to his next crusade, itsu... a revolutionary and refreshing take on affordable, healthy food. itsu's delicious but light menu and confident flavours are attracting millions of loyal fans. Years spent listening to the ideas and demands of Pret customers encouraged Metcalfe and his team to build a new type of food place altogether... They call it 'eat beautiful'. High-protein, low carb salads, brown rice dishes, freshly made sushi, soups and noodles - fresh food that tastes as good as it looks. There are now around 75 itsu shops in the UK. itsu has also developed a growing range of Asian-inspired healthy food products and is distributing them through supermarkets.

Katie Caldesi

Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi own London's Caffé Caldesi as well as Caldesi in Campagna in Bray. They co-authored Around The World in Salads and The Gentle Art of Preserving which was nominated for the André Simon Food Book Award and the Guild of Food Writers' Cookbook of the Year award. They have both appeared on Saturday Kitchen. Katie is also the author of The Italian Cookery Course. Giancarlo was diagnosed with diabetes in 2012. Since then he has gone into remission after changing his diet to a low-carb diet.

Kay Plunkett-Hogge

Kay Plunkett-Hogge is an acclaimed food and drinks writer, and the author of Aperitivo (Mitchell Beazley, 2017), Adventures Of A Terribly Greedy Girl (Mitchell Beazley, 2017), A Sherry & A Little Plate Of Tapas (Mitchell Beazley, 2016), Heat: Cooking With Chillies (Quercus, 2016) and Make Mine A Martini (Mitchell Beazley, 2014).In addition to her own books, Kay has co-authored a further six books, working with the award-winning chef Bryn Williams on his two books Bryn's Kitchen and For The Love Of Veg, Academy Award nominated actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook The Tucci Table, and with the American pizza guru Chris Bianco. She also co-wrote Leon: Family and Friends with John Vincent and Cook Yourself Thin: Quick and Easy.Born and brought up in 1970s Bangkok, Kay spent her childhood between two kitchens - inside for Western food, outside for Thai - before forging an international career in the film and fashion industries. It is an experience that has given her an in-depth knowledge of cuisines from all over the world.Kay began her food career when she set up a bespoke location catering service for fashion shoots. Since then, and in addition to her writing, she has worked as a food consultant for a variety of restaurants and bars, including Leon, The Formosa Café, Isola del Sole, Ma Goa and The Luang Prabang Motorcycle Club.Her cult book, Make Mine A Martini, was the Financial Times's pick for drinks book of the year, led to her induction into the Gin Guild (in the words of Heston Blumenthal: 'She shakes a damn fine cocktail.') and her writing regularly on cocktails for The Daily Telegraph and Sainsbury's Magazine. She has also written for the FT Weekend and Olive, and has published recipes in The Times, Hello and Borough Market's Market Life magazine. Kay currently writes a monthly column for Delicious.She lives in London with her husband, two cats and a dog.

Lizzie Mabbott

Lizzie Mabbott is an Anglo-Chinese self-taught cook and award-winning food writer. Her Twitter account @hollowlegs has over 20,400 followers and her Instagram account @hollow_legs has over 11,800 followers. In 2011, Lizzie was one of Red Magazine's "20 Women Under 30" and in December 2014 she was featured in Elle Magazine's "Inspire List".Lizzie Mabbott's blog Hollow Legs (www.lizzieeatslondon.blogspot.co.uk) has been featured in the Telegraph's "Best Food Blog" top 10, Time Out's "Favourite Food Blog" top 10, and was highly commended at the OFM Awards 2012. It generates 20,000 page loads per day (15,000 unique page views).

Luciana Bianchi

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.

Monisha Bharadwaj

Monisha Bharadwaj is an award-winning chef, author and food historian. She was awarded 'CookeryWriter of the Year' by the Guild of Food Writers and her books have been shortlisted for awardssuch as the Andre Simon Award, the Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards and the Jacob'sCreek World Food Media Awards. She has written 15 books. Monisha runs a successful Indiancookery school in London - Cooking With Monisha - teaches once at month at Divertimenti andhas recently given demos at Borough Market. @monibharadwaj (Twitter)

Ross Shonhan

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.

Sabrina Ghayour

A chef, food writer and cookery teacher, Sabrina Ghayour is one of the strongest voices in Middle Eastern food today. Her work has featured in The Times, The Sunday Times, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, delicious. magazine, Waitrose Food magazine, Sainsbury's Magazine and BBC Good Food magazine. She has also appeared on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, BBC2's Great British Menu and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.Sabrina's debut cookbook, Persiana, was awarded 'Best New Cookbook' at the Observer Food Monthly awards 2014 and 'Book of the Year' at the 2015 Food & Travel Awards. Her follow up, Sirocco, and her most recent book, Feasts, were Sunday Times bestsellers.Connect with Sabrina at www.sabrinaghayour.com Twitter @SabrinaGhayourInstagram @SabrinaGhayour

Saiphin Moore

Saiphin grew up on a mountain farm in Khao Kho, Northern Thailand, where she learned to cook with ingredients brought straight from field to wok. When she was 20, Saiphin moved to Hong Kong as a nanny where she spent the next 18 years cooking endless family meals and dinner parties, fitting catering jobs around her babysitting duties. Shortly after meeting Alex in 2001, she set up her own Thai takeaway and later a sit-down restaurant named Tuk Tuk Thai. The pair lived in Hong Kong for 6 years, before selling the restaurant and moving to London together in 2006.Rosa's Thai CafeFounded by Anglo-Thai husband and wife team Alex and Saiphin Moore, Rosa's is a Thai café group that has grown from a street-food stall in Brick Lane in 2008 to 11 London restaurants (Soho, Spitalfields, Angel, Carnaby Street, Islington, Brixton, Chelsea, Victoria, London Fields, West Hampstead & Stratford) today.

Terence Conran

Terence Conran is one of the world's best-known designers, restaurateurs and retailers. In the 1960s he founded Habitat - the chain of homeware stores that brought good, modern design within reach of the general population for the very first time.Over the subsequent 50 years Terence built another group of companies centred around design, retailing, restaurants and hotels. Today, Conran owns restaurants and shops in eight cities throughout the world and a design business serving many international clients that includes architecture and interior design, product and graphic design and brand licensing.In January 2011 Conran began working with Marks & Spencer in the UK, designing an exclusive range of homewares for the store. In 2012 Conran signed a deal to collaborate with US retail giant jcpenney to design an exclusive range of furniture, lighting and accessories for the home. The initial collection launched in spring 2013 into 300 jcpenney stores throughout the US and there will be new ranges launching each spring and autumn.Terence was knighted for his services to design in 1983 and has been provost of the Royal College of Art in London. In 1982 he opened the very first museum in the world dedicated to design, which is now the celebrated Design Museum in London, due to move to new premises in 2015 thanks to a massive expansion programme.

Thiago Castanho

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.

Zoe Adjonyoh

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.