Related to: 'Straight Up'

Mitchell Beazley

Distilled

Neil Ridley, Joel Harrison
Authors:
Neil Ridley, Joel Harrison

Dan Lepard

Dan Lepard is an award-winning baker and sourdough expert, who has started bread bakeries for top London chefs Fergus Henderson, Yotam Ottolenghi and Giorgio Locatelli, and continues to help home cooks and chefs master sourdough in their kitchens. He's a regular voice on BBC radio, writes for food and travel magazines around the world, has a monthly baking column in The Sydney Morning Herald, was judge on The Great Australian Bake Off, but is best known for his time as baking columnist for the Guardian newspaper for nearly a decade.

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

Dave Broom

Award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom has been writing about whisky for 25 years as a journalist and author. He has written eight books, two of which (Drink! and Rum) won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book of the Year. He has also won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Writer of the Year twice and recently won the extremely prestigious IWSC Communicator of the Year Award. In 2015 Tales of the Cocktail presented Dave with the Best Cocktail & Spirits award, soon to be followed by the Golden Spirit Award in 2016.Over his two decades in the field, Dave has built up a considerable international following with regular training/educational visits to France, Holland, Germany, the USA and Japan. His remit has covered consumer features as well as business reports. He is also actively involved in whisky education, acting as a consultant to major distillers on tasting techniques as well as teaching professionals and the public. He was also one of the developers of Diageo's generic whisky tasting tool, the Flavour MapT.

David T. Smith

David T. Smith is an internationally renowned gin expert, judge and author. He chairs judging panels for the American Distilling Institute and the International Wine and Sprits Competition, as well as the Gin Masters competition. He is the winner of the 2016 Think Gin award for best communicator, and runs workshops on the art of distilling, as well as the drinks website Summer Fruit Cup.

Dean Edwards

After coming second in BBC's Masterchef Goes Large in 2006, Dean Edwards sought to change his life radically by leaving his career as a digger driver to pursue his love of cooking and food.Dean's likeable persona and family-friendly cooking style has made him a firm favourite on ITV's Lorraine since 2010, but he originally made his ITV debut on This Morning in September 2009, where he featured in a weekly cookery slot, creating dishes for the ITV audience.

Denise Smart

Denise has been working as a food stylist and recipe writer for over 20 years. Her technical and creative expertise means she can work in all areas and has cooked, stirred, created and styled food for packaging, advertising, editorial, PR, web and TV commercials. Denise is a published author and has written over a dozen cookbooks, including her latest best-selling spiralizing cookbooks. She has worked for many large publishing houses, covering subjects from children's cooking to desserts, quick cooking and mug food. All her recipes are double-tested to ensure they work perfectly first time.

Dhan Tamang

Dhan Tamang is UK Latte Art Champion 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as a finalist at the 2016 World Latte Art Championship. He is renowned in the coffee art world for his use of colour and the precision of his designs. Originally from Nepal, Dhan has been demonstrating his techniques the world over and training would-be baristas from his coffee lab in the UK.

Dominic Roskrow

Dominic Roskrow is the former editor of Whisky Magazine, The Spirits Business and Whiskeria. He has written eight books on whisky including The World's Best Whiskies, 1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die and The Whisky Opus, and has contributed to several more, including every edition of The Whisky Yearbook. He specializes in world whisky, and he has had work published in newspapers and magazines across the world including Drinks International, Harpers Wine & Spirits Trade News, Whisky Advocate, The Times, The Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Wall Street Journal. He has been made a Kentucky Colonel and a Keeper of The Quaich for his contributions to bourbon and Scotch whisky respectively, and he was named the 2015 Fortnum & Mason Drinks Writer of the Year.

Eric Zandona

Eric Zandona is Director of Spirits Information at the American Distilling Institute, and a writer for Distiller Magazine. He also runs the website EZdrinking.com and is an author/editor for the ADI's publishing arm, White Mule Press. He lives in Mexico.Twitter: @EZdrinking

Giancarlo Caldesi

Kate and Giancarlo Caldesi are the owners of two highly regarded Italian restaurants in London, Caldesi and Caffe Caldesi. They also run a successful cooking school, La Cucina Caldesi, where they are able to share their passion for Tuscan cuisine.

Jo McAuley

Jo McAuley is a food stylist and cookery writer living in Lemmoye, France. She has worked on a number of magazines and has written several cookery books including Indoor Grilling, Citrus, Panini and Olive & Oil, all published by Hamlyn.

John Vincent

John is co-founder of Leon, which now has more than 55 restaurants (including restaurants in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Oslo and Washington DC). He wrote LEON Naturally Fast Food with Henry Dimbleby, LEON Family & Friends with Kay Plunkett-Hogge, LEON Happy Salads and LEON Fast & Free with Jane Baxter and LEON Happy Soups with Rebecca Seal. He believes food has the power to delight, invigorate and bring people together. He thinks that our relationship with food should be positive and joyous and that we need to listen more carefully to our gut, eat more good fats, less sugar. And a whole lot more plants.

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.

Killian Fox

Killian Fox grew up in northwest Ireland and lives in London. He is the editor and co-founder of The Gannet, which acts as a conduit for his shameless nosiness about other people's eating habits. A regular contributor to the Observer Food Monthly, he has also written for the Guardian, The Times and the New Statesman, covering music, film, literature, travel and technology as well as food. He'd call himself an omnivore were it not for a lingering fear of boiled eggs.

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).

Louise Parker

Louise Parker has spent 20 years learning, researching, testing and improving The Louise Parker Method. Her clients include CEOs and celebrities too A-list to name, as well as figures from high society and royal family members from around the world. To date, over 18,000 people in more than 39 countries have completed a Louise Parker programme. Many are willing to pay thousands of pounds for the unique plan. Louise now runs the Louise Parker company with her husband Paul, who left his job 4 years ago to help keep up with the ever-increasing demand for The Louise Parker Method. They live in London with their 3 daughters.

Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood

Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood is a champion barista who has competed in the World Barista Championship and has won the UK Barista Championship three times. He is co-owner of an award-winning independent roastery and coffee shop. Having travelled the world studying the science and art of coffee, Maxwell co-authored Water For Coffee with Dr. Christopher H. Hendon of MIT, a study on the chemical interactions between water and coffee, and how they can be manipulated to create a higher-quality cup. He frequently works with coffee experts around the world throughout various parts of the coffee chain to develop new and better technology for the enjoyment of coffee.

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.

Nargisse Benkabbou

Nargisse Benkabbou was raised in Brussels, where she grew up in a strongly food-oriented family that continually nurtured her connection with her roots and country of origin, Morocco.After living in Brussels and Paris, Nargisse moved to London a few years ago to pursue her education in Politics only to realize that her love for cooking and food was a real passion. After training at Leiths School of Food and Wine, she started blogging and sharing her Moroccan recipes "with a twist". In addition to recipes that run the gamut from starters to desserts, Nargisse also shares her own "food for thought", a personal commentary section of her site dedicated to exploring Moroccan ingredients and experimenting with new cooking techniques. Her work currently involves recipe development, food photography, cooking classes and working as a guest chef. Each recipe that Nargisse produces is a celebration of her heritage and a care for simplicity and modernity. While she has a strong grasp of traditional Moroccan cuisine, her ultimate goal is to inspire and bring "a breath of fresh air" to Moroccan food. Discover more about Nargisse on twitter and instagram @mymoroccanfood, and on her website www.mymoroccanfood.com