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Alex Mezger

Chow and Alex Mezger are brothers and the son of the founder of Jude's (the company is named after their mother). In 2002, in a Hampshire dairy barn, their father started churning delicious ice cream by hand, using milk from local cows. Alex and Chow are now the joint managing directors. They started by selling to their local pub and farm shops but are now a recognised brand across the UK. 10% of their profits go to charity.

Camilla Stephens

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.

Claire Ptak

Claire Ptak is former pastry chef at the legendary California restaurant Chez Panisse, and now chef-proprietor of Violet Cakes in London. She was chosen to make Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cake.

Dan Doherty

Dan Doherty has appeared on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch. He is a judge on the BBC1's primetime series Britain's Best Cook. Dan was the Chef Director at London's Duck & Waffle, in the City of London and recently opened his own restaurant, The Royal Oak, in Marylebone, Central London. 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 is the author of Duck & Waffle: Recipes & Stories and Toast Hash Roast Mash.

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

Guy Barter

Guy Barter is Chief Horticulturist of the Royal Horticultural Society, having joined the organization as superintendent of trials at RHS Garden Wisley in 1990. Prior to that, he gained experience in the commercial horticultural world after graduating with a degree in horticulture. Guy now runs the RHS Members' Advisory Service, which provides answers to an enormous range of questions and supplies evidence-based advice for thousands of gardeners and is author of RHS How Do Worms Work and RHS Can Anything Stop Slugs.

Henry Dimbleby

Henry Dimbleby is co-founder of Leon, the award-winning fast food chain that serves healthy fast food. Together with John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy, he opened the first restaurant in London in July 2004, and six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner). There are now more than 55 Leon restaurants (including branches in Washington DC, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Oslo).

John Whaite

John Whaite won the third series of The Great British Bake Off, and now runs his own cookery school, John Whaite's Kitchen. His fourth book Comfort was chosen as a Book of the Year by BBC Radio 4's Food Programme. John was also a resident chef on ITV's Lorraine for two years. He has written regularly for The Daily Telegraph, Delicious Magazine and Waitrose Weekend and Kitchen. John appears at the BBC Good Food show, The Cake & Bake Show and various regional food festivals across the country. This is his fifth book. @john_whaite

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.

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.

Midia Star

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.

Mimi Spencer

Mimi Spencer is best known for co-authoring the best-selling The Fast Diet with Dr Michael Mosley, which introduced the concept of 5:2 intermittent fasting to the world. The Fast Diet has sold over a million copies worldwide, with translations into more than 30 languages. Mimi went on to write The Fast Diet Recipe Book and Fast Cook. Mimi's background is in lifestyle and style journalism, with an early career as a fashion writer for Vogue, the Evening Standard and then as editor of ES Magazine. She has been a columnist for You Magazine (Mail on Sunday), Observer Food Monthly and Waitrose Kitchen, while also writing lifestyle, fashion and food features for The Times and many national magazines.Mimi, 49, lives in Brighton with her husband and two teenage children.

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)

Nick Nairn

One of Scotland's most exciting cookery talents and entirely self-taught, Nick Nairn became the youngest chef to win a Michelin star in Scotland. Creator of several restaurants and one of the world's leading cook schools, he is also a popular TV presenter and writer - he was one of the four finalists on Great British Menu and cooked for the Queen's 80th birthday celebrations. He has written a number of successful books (with sales totalling over half a million), including three books to accompany his BBC TV series Wild Harvest, Wild Harvest 2, and Island Harvest, the best-selling Top 100 Salmon Recipes and most recently Fish 'N' Tips.

Patrick Drake

About the AuthorPatrick Drake is a presenter on Discovery Channel, National Geographicand Fox Network. He is also the the creator of The World's Fastest OnlineCooking Course, The 60 Second Chef and was named as one of the thousand mostinfluential people in London by The Evening Standard. Patrick and hisco-founders started HelloFresh in the UK from his living room in 2012. From tenbags of shopping it has grown to become the largest service of its kind in theworld, delivering 11 million meals each month across 10 countries. Patrick'smission is to teach cookery to those who've never been given the chance tolearn, with simple, wholesome and delicious recipes. About HelloFreshHelloFresh is the world's leading recipe kit service, deliveringfuss-free, delicious recipes and all the exact fresh ingredients needed to cookthem, straight to their customers' homes. Using a combination of customerfeedback and recipe innovation, they've created recipes that really are themost tested - and delicious - recipes in the world.

Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson has been GQ's Food and Drink editor since 2003. He has interviewed many of the biggest names in gastronomy, from Gordon Ramsay to Jamie Oliver. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Spectator.

Peter Bentley

Dr Peter Bentley is one of the most creative thinkers working in computer science today. He is Senior Research Fellow and College Teacher at the Department of Computer Science, University College London. He is known for his prolific research covering all aspects of Evolutionary Computation and Digital Biology. He is the author of the popular science book Digital Biology (Simon and Schuster USA), and editor of the books Evolutionary Design by Computers, Creative Evolutionary Systems and On Growth, Form and Computers. He is a regular contributor to programming on BBC Radio 4.

Phil Vickery

Phil Vickery has been wowing the audiences of Ready Steady Cook for many years. As resident chef on This Morning he inspired mums all over the country, but it was his series highlighting Britain's food heroes, A Taste of Britain, that really cemented his role as a presenter as well as a chef. Phil has written several books, including Proof of the Pudding, which was shortlisted for an André Simon award. Phil was chef-director at The Castle in Taunton, where he was awarded a Michelin star for 4 successive years.

Pierre Koffmann

Pierre Koffmann has been at the heart of fine cuisine in Britain for over 40 years. After working as a young chef in Strasbourg and Toulon, Koffmann arrived in London in 1970 to work under Michel and Albert Roux at Le Gavroche. In 1972 he was made the first head chef of the Roux brothers' new venture, the Waterside Inn at Bray. When Pierre opened La Tante Claire in 1977, it was the start of a residency at the top of the London culinary world that would span four decades. Within six years of opening, La Tante Claire had its third Michelin star, setting new standards for cooking and creating extraordinary dishes from classically simple ingredients, while also serving as an academy for many of today's culinary superstars. Between them his various protégés, from Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay to Tom Kitchin and Jason Atherton, now boast over 20 Michelin stars in their own right. He retired in 2003, but following a sell-out of his critically hailed pop-up at Selfridges in 2009, he returned to the kitchen once more. His acclaimed, informal restaurant, Koffmann's at The Berkeley, serves classic provincial French cooking - the food of his grandparents' farmhouse kitchen. Find out more about Pierre Koffmann at www.pierrekoffmann.co.uk.

Rachel De Thample

Rachel de Thample has worked in the kitchens of Marco Pierre White, Heston Blumenthal and Peter Gordon. She is the author of Less Meat, More Veg and Tonics & Teas, was Commissioning Editor of Waitrose Food Illustrated and Head of Food for the organic box scheme Abel & Cole. She has helped set up numerous local food initiatives, including the award-winning Crystal Palace Food Market and the Edible Garden, and currently runs preserving courses at River Cottage in Devon, runs seasonal Market Table pop-up dinners and writes for The Simple Things and Locavore magazines.