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Adam Juniper

Adam Juniper has had a longstanding interest in consumer technology, having written his first gear review for a magazine before he was old enough to drive. He's written and edited dozens of books, especially on photography, drones and now the arrival of the digital assistant. Obviously deep down he is yearning to say "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot" to the computer and be rewarded with the perfect refreshment, but for now he's putting his experience into identifying which of the tidal wave of "smart" gadgets are worth having by living the smart home dream in suburban London.

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.

Alex Mitchell

Alex Mitchell studied at the Chelsea Physic Garden. She has a weekly column in the Evening Standard and writes regularly for magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Telegraph and Gardener's World magazine. She is the author of The Edible Balcony (2010), The Rurbanite (2013) and Gardening on a Shoestring (2015), published by Kyle Books.

Annie Bell

Annie Bell, having begun her career as a chef, has been a full-time cookery writer and author for more than ten years. She has written a number of books including Annie Bell's Vegetable Book, and Evergreen shortlisted for the Andre Simon and Glenfiddich Awards. She collaborated with the architect John Pawson to write Living and Eating and more recently has written Gorgeous Cakes. She spent several years as Cookery Writer at Vogue, then as Food Writer on the Independent, she is currently the Cookery Writer on YOU Magazine in the Mail on Sunday and also contributes to Country Living and Waitrose Food Illustrated. Annie is married to landscape architect Jonathan Bell, and they have two sons Rothko and Louis. She divides her time between London and her seventeenth-century farmhouse in Normandy.

Caroline Pessin

Caroline Pessin is a writer and food stylist who has worked in advertising, journalism and publishing. Caroline's approach is to offer recipes that are easy to assemble, healthy and above all delicious. A working mother, she knows the struggle of organizing fresh, healthy dinners for the family after a long day at work.

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

John Vincent

John is co-founder of LEON, which now has more than 55 restaurants (including 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, LEON Happy One-pot Cooking and LEON Fast Vegan with Rebecca Seal. 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 and less sugar.

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

Mark Dredge

Mark Dredge is a writer and beer expert. He has written five books and numerous articles on the topic, and has appeared on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch to share his knowledge. He has won many awards for his work, including the British Guild of Beer Writers' Beer and Food Writer of the Year Award in 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2011. Instagram and Twitter: @markdredge

Matt Pritchard

Since Dirty Sanchez, Matt Pritchard has maintained his motto 'Sleep when you're dead' and is now an endurance athlete who undergoes extreme challenges for charity. Breaking world records and tackling anything in his path, he credits much of his success to his change in diet - becoming 100% vegan. His approach is to show people just how easy and cheap it can be to go vegan and how the right nutrition can help you perform.

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.

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, including The Indian Cookery Course. Monisha runs a successful Indian cookery school in London - Cooking With Monisha - teaches once at month at Divertimenti and has recently given demos at Borough Market. @monibharadwaj (Twitter)

Ophélie Neiman

Ophélie Neiman is the author of the wine blog Miss GlouGlou. Hosted on the Le Monde website, it's one of the most popular wine blogs in France. Wine: it's not rocket science is her first book, and has been translated into 11 languages. Ophélie lives in France.

Phil Vickery

Phil Vickery is a resident chef on ITV's This Morning and has also appeared on Saturday Cookbook and Ready Steady Cook. He has won numerous accolades, including a Michelin star at the Castle Hotel in Somerset, and is the author of the bestselling Phil Vickery's Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook and Phil Vickery's Essential Gluten-Free, as well as the Seriously Good! Gluten-free series.

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.

Rebecca Seal

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 co-authoring LEON Happy Soups, LEON Happy One-pot Cooking and LEON Fast Vegan with John Vincent. She is one of the food and drink experts on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch. She lives in London with her husband and two small daughters.

Sarah Tomley

Sarah Tomley is an author, editor and counsellor living in Suffolk, UK. She has contributed to many books on the social sciences, and is the co-author of The Sociology Book (2015) and the Children's Book of Philosophy (2015). Her latest book, What Would Freud Do? was published in June 2017.

Sipsmith

Sipsmith is a much-loved distiller of hand-crafted, small-batch gin. They are at the forefront of the recent renaissance in the spirit, having campaigned for a change in distillery laws and subsequently setting up London's first traditional copper distiller since 1820.

Vincent Thurkettle

Vincent Thurkettle is a woodsman. After spending his childhood roaming the Somerset countryside, he left school at 16 to work on an the Huntley Estate in Gloucestershire. He subsequently trained as a Chartered Forester, and worked for the Forestry Commission, retiring in 2005.