Jane Devonshire was crowned MasterChef 2016 Champion earlier this year in the twelfth series of the hugely popular BBC One series.
Mother of four, Jane 50, battled her way through an incredible seven weeks of seriously intense challenges including: cooking with rising British star, chef Michael O'Hare; travelling to Mexico to cook with Enrique Olvera; cooking for Daniel Humm one of the world's most influential culinary talents, and an extraordinary final cook-off where she wowed judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with her childhood-inspired menu which consisted of a Winkle starter, Indian-inspired Sunday Roast Lamb, and Rhubarb and Custard dessert.
Stay-at-home mum Jane's passion for cooking started when she young and was central to her upbringing. She came from a family of cooks with her nanny Pearce inspiring her with her beautiful cakes and dishes, while her mother is a fabulous cook of really traditional food and her dad, who always worked in food sales, would bring home different and interesting foods.
Cooking for her family is an absolutely solid and integral part to Jane's life and she loves creating recipes for her family and friends. It was her youngest son, Ben, who encouraged her to enter the competition.
Jane is now planning her future in food, developing recipes, creating menus for corporate clients, demonstrating around the country and working on her first book.
Jane was born and grew up in London. She now lives in Hampshire with her husband Mark and her four children, Sam, Rebecca, Harry and Ben.
Embrace your passion for food and learn to create phenomenal cuisine with The Raymond Blanc Cookery School. With fresh produce harvest from Belmond Le Manoir’s gardens, let us nurture your natural love for food and provide you with the skills to create an incredible and imaginative seasonal dish. Under the guidance of the school’s director, Mark Peregrine and his expert team of chefs, each aspect is driven by ethical, environmental and seasonal values, whenever possible. We are proudly the first Michelin starred kitchen in the UK to have its own cookery school and it remains the best centre of culinary knowledge.
As a toddler Nicky found her love of music and dancing spinning around the living room to ‘Top of The Pops’. After a lot of nagging Nicky’s parents sent her to full-time stage school from age 11. A successful career as a dancer and actress followed and, when on tour, Nicky would enjoy going into local radio stations to promote the show she was in. Nicky felt very at home in a studio environment and all of Nicky’s school teachers would doubtless agree that broadcasting is a natural fit for Nicky who was constantly told off at school for talking too much! The transition to broadcasting came by way of the obligatory stint on hospital radio. Nicky was banned from ward visits as her innate clumsiness was not conducive to patient care and well-being! (the guitar playing nun in the film ‘Airplane’ springs to mind).
You can hear Nicky on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey and on Radio Jackie where Nicky has co-hosted with Neil Long the ‘Neil & Nicky Breakfast Show‘ since 2004 and still enjoys waking up South West London and North Surrey every weekday morning.
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The Urban Rajah (aka Ivor Peters) is a food writer, cook, traveller and lifestyle adventurer with roots deep in the Indian Subcontinent. A second generation immigrant and a son of 70s Britain he grew up on hot summers, street cricket and spiced Indian food which has narrated his life.
His cookbook, Urban Rajah’s Curry Memoirs commissioned by Headline Publishing is out now and tells the story of his love affair with Indian food through over 80 familial recipes. A practical, easy to follow and inspirational cookbook, it expresses his family’s food story through the eyes of the men in his family and was nominated for the World Food Awards Cook Book of the year. Humorous, engaging, vivid, brave, delicate and abundant it’s through their stories he provides access to family recipes which have been passed down through 3 generations and crossed 3 continents. They’ve survived and thrived in an era of immigration.
His celebrated blog www.urbanrajah.com is dedicated to spiced recipes and stories about food, travel, life and style finds.
He runs the elusive and highly acclaimed supper club, Cash n Curry, a social enterprise dedicated to raising funds for projects helping India’s street children and helping to liberate trafficked children and those in bonded labour.
He is a regular on the food festival scene dishing up Indian streetfood from his Urban Rajah Indian Streetkitchen his trademark high energy and exuberant personality excitedly demonstrates his passion for Indian cuisine to the masses during workshops and spice masterclasses.
His pop up restaurant, The Great Indian Food Feast is an immersive dining experience. Spinning diners across the Indian sub-continent featuring multiple courses of regional sub- continental food, story-telling and live food demos...all in one evening.
He grew up on fish fingers and baked beans whilst also tearing hot chapattis and scooping up vivid spiced curry. He adores home cooked spiced food influenced by the East and married with Western cuisine which represents his immigrant roots. Family gatherings were central to early life. Speakers the size of sofas would throb to the beat of ska, reggae and bhangra and that’s where he traces his passion for music and probably explains his vinyl collection, the club nights and his spell as a pirate radio DJ.
A self confessed dandy, he rarely leaves home without a tub of moustache wax or a piece of millinery. That’s the Urban Rajah.
Martha Collison is a young British baker and recipe writer. She currently lives in Berkshire with her family, where you will find her mostly in the kitchen, cooking and writing away.
Her love of baking has stemmed, somewhat unusually, from her parent's relaxed attitude to letting a small child loose in the kitchen! Noticing a gap in the shape of freshly baked cakes and biscuits, she decided to fill it, and hasn't stopped since opening her first recipe book, aged 8. She loves spending time with her family and friends, travelling the world, and is passionate about helping with charitable campaigns including anti-human trafficking work with Tearfund.
She loves spending time with her family, and is passionate about helping with charitable campaigns including #NoChildTaken with Tearfund.
Appearing as a contestant on The Great British Bake Off in 2014 was the start of Martha's career. As the youngest ever contestant to date, aged just 17, she managed to make it all the way to the quarter-finals whilst studying for her AS levels.
She has since continued to grow in the food industry, writing a weekly column for Waitrose Weekend, demonstrating at festivals and baking at high profile events - such as 'A recipe for Life' with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and was the offical afternoon tea consultant at Wimbledon. She has also worked with high-profile brands such as Cadbury, Mars and Whitworths.
She has appeared in many in successful Youtube videos, made for Cadbury, her own brand videos and Waitrose TV, amassing over 2 million views. She has voiced her opinions about both baking for leisure and baking to prevent human trafficking on several radio programmes, including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, BBC Berkshire, BBC Manchester and many more. Martha has also appeared on Blue Peter, The One Show, Comic Relief related media, BBC Breakfast during at 21 hour charity bakeathon and Bake Off: An Extra Slice.
Martha has recently partnered with Bramber Bakehouse, a charity dedicated to restoring women who have experienced sexual exploitation through baking workshops. Martha is part of the teaching team and has written the recipes for the bakery.
Her first recipe book, TWIST, published by HarperCollins, was released in 2016 and remained in the Sunday Times bestseller list for 3 weeks. Her second book, Crave, will be published by HarperCollins on the 13th July 2017.
Adventurous, down-to-earth cooks with a love of great food, Billy and Jack met on BBC One's MasterChef.
They both entertained viewers from the early stages to the finals with their playful, quirky takes on classic dishes, including English Breakfast, Ham, Egg and Chips and Shepherd’s Pie.
When the show ended, they teamed up as a duo and have been cooking up a storm in London, selling out supper clubs at the London Cooking Project in Battersea, working with restaurants and brands and appearing at Food Festivals across the country.
As self-taught cooks they love a challenge, from masterminding the best chicken burger you’ll ever taste, to creating an imaginative, seasonal seven course tasting menu.
Above all they love bringing people together around great food. Creating memorable experiences through cooking and sharing the love of eating.
After school, I went straight to catering college where I learnt ow to bake standard dinner rolls! While I was studying, and for a while after, I had a string of jobs in pubs, hotels and then restaurants. But it wasn't until later on that I really got intrigued about bread making when I worked in a restaurant making pizzas in house. I always took jobs to learn, and always moved on to learn something new, and when I started making the pizza dough I got really keen to learn more specifically about bread. In 2007 I went on a two-day course at the Bertinet Kitchens in Bath to really get my head around the process and when I came back I was obsessed with making bread! I made it in every job since then, making the process work in all environments and making it practical for me. Then, in 2012 I started to teach cookery at bread making in adult learning centres in Surrey, and discovered the bread making was the one thing that people had the most questions about. I loved teaching and I had been thinking how cool it would be to teach in people’s homes for YEARS and that was the moment the penny dropped, and I started Bake with Jack. The idea is that there should be no reason why bread can't be made in your own kitchen, with your own oven, with or without an airing cupboard, and that is exactly what I show people. It can be done in any environment with great results every time!
With over 500 English vineyards out there, we’re helping you find your favourites. Every bottle we stock has passed the tasting group test and we make buying easy with simple, descriptions: what it tastes like, what to have it with and where it comes from. Because we work directly with producers we also make sure you get our wines at fair prices. Whether you're local and want to visit our Dorking store, or prefer to order online (we deliver to England and Wales for just £5) you'll have plenty to choose from, from delicious whites to trendy rosés, fruity reds and of course English sparkling wine. So come take part in the English wine movement, support our vineyards and discover some delicious local alternatives to your usual bottle of New Zealand sauvignon blanc.
teve markwell is the events manager at silent pool. He will give a brief – and hopefully entertaining presentation on the history of the distillery, the legends of Silent pool, and the details of the company’s beautiful, artisanal
Steve Drake has worked in some of Europe’s best kitchens: Chez Nico at Ninety Park Lane; the Oak Room with Marco Pierre White; Pied a Terre; Aubergine, as well as short stints at L’Arpège in Paris and L’Auberge de l’Eridan, Annecy. Steve first rose to prominence when he won the Roux Scholarship – widely considered the most prestigious, and technically challenging, competition in the UK – and continues to be closely involved with the Roux family and his fellow scholars to promote their aim of inspiring and enabling a new generation of British chefs. Following his win in 2001, Steve went on to gain his first Michelin star at Drake’s on the Pond in Abinger Hammer. He then opened Drake’s in Ripley where he held a star for a further 14 years. In 2013, Steve purchased The Anchor Pub, also in Ripley, where his team have created a relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy a simplified version of his food, alongside a great pint. The pub was awarded a 2017 Michelin Bib Gourmand and has 2 AA Rosettes. Sorrel is Steve’s third solo restaurant; a culmination of 25 years of insight and experience gained from running his own award-winning kitchens and working alongside some of the world’s most acclaimed chefs.
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I was born in 1963 in Brescia, Northern Italy. I attended Bologna University and own a degree in French and English, I am a certified translator and interpreter. After many years working as an interpreter, in 1997 I decided to transform my passion for people, foreign languages, food and wine into my own job and I am extremely proud to share my life with my guests. My family ties are very strong and they show also in my kitchen. I strongly believe Italian cuisine is at its best if seasonal ingredients offered at our local markets are used. Freshness, authenticity and simplicity are the key elements of my cuisine.Visit website
Farmdrop is an ethical grocery company that connects local independent farmers with their local customers using mobile technology and a fleet of electric vans. They deliver food from over 150 independent producers to your door in one hour slots, with next day delivery. Farmdrop will be open to customers in Bristol and Bath from 21st August.
Jean-Christophe Novelli is a multi-Michelin star and 5/5 AA Rosette Chef, Author, Teacher, Public Speaker and Restaurateur. He is known around the globe for his amazing cooking artistry and unique healthy cooking techniques. His passion for passing on his wealth of knowledge led him to open his own cookery school, The Novelli Academy, based in his personal kitchen at his Farm near Luton. Jean Christophe has cooked and consulted on many projects, and has catered for Heads of State, Royalty and renowned personalities around the world. He has appeared in a number of TV programmes (eg Hell’s Kitchen, The Jonathon Ross Show, and A League of their Own in the UK and Top Chef, Chef Academy and MTV Cribs in the USA). Along with Gordon Ramsay, Jean-Christophe is back on UK television as one of the judges in the new show Culinary Genius.
Ping Coombes won MasterChef 2014, stunning the judges with food inspired by her Malaysian heritage.
Born and raised in the town of Ipoh in Malaysia, which is famous for its pomelo fruit, chicken noodles and Ipoh white coffee, Ping grew up with amazing food around her and was inspired by her mother’s cookery. She began to inherit traditional skills, starting with the basics - how to hold the ‘wok chan’ (the ladle). Perhaps most inspiring to Ping was her mother’s way of showing love and passion through cooking, something which is hugely important in Ping’s food ethos.
This passion was apparent during MasterChef, and since being crowned winner Ping has become a Malaysia Kitchen Ambassador, promoting Malaysian food around the UK and abroad. She was involved in the first MasterChef Pop Up in the UK that was sold out in record-breaking time. She has given talks about Malaysian food at the World Economic Forum in Davos, appeared at Malaysia Nights in Trafalgar Square and prominent food festivals including Taste of London. Ping is the culinary partner for Scott Dunn, a premium travel operator in designing their winter and summer menus, and trains their chefs.
Ping is also the Executive Chef to Chi Kitchen, a Pan Asian Restaurant and splits her time between London and Bath. The restaurant is due to open another outlet in Islington.
She also regularly collaborates with well-known chefs and restaurants in hosting pop ups. Her latest pop up is with one of her food heroes and Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar at his restaurant Sindhu in Marlow and Benares in London.
Ping appeared in The Good Food Channel’s John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure broadcasted in 2016 and guest chef on popular daytime talk shows such as ITV This Morning and Sunday Brunch. She makes videos for Malaysia Kitchen and Chi Kitchen You Tube Channel. She is about to launch her own You Tube Channel later this year. Ping’s first book MALAYSIA published in May 2016 and has topped the Best Seller on Amazon on regular basis. It is at its 3rd reprint due to popular demand. MALAYSIA is also due to be published in America on 26th April 2017.Visit website
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Kathy is a food writer, supper club host, cookery teacher and private chef who grows her own ingredients from her home in the Cotswolds.
After 12 years as a brand strategist for London advertising agencies, the fun had been had and the rat race was taking its toll. Kathy quit and started her award-winning blog, Gluts & Gluttony, about the gluts she was growing on her allotment and the ensuing gluttony in the kitchen. She retrained as a cook and worked at Daylesford organic farm in Kingham, Gloucestershire, for 3 years before going full time on G&G through which Kathy teaches cookery classes, hosts supper clubs, writes for food magazines and runs a private cooking business with her business partner, Mandy. All their food celebrates seasonal, home grown ingredients – no foams, frills or frippery, just beautiful simple food that Kathy has nurtured from plot to plate.
Selina Periampillai is a British-Mauritian chef and owner of Taste Mauritius, she hosted the first Mauritian supperclub at her home for 3 years dishing up recipes learnt from her family sharing these with diners. She has hosted pop ups at venues all over London including Traders Vic on Park Lane, Roti Chai and Oliver Peyton's Friday Night Social. She regularly teaches cookery classes on Mauritian home cooking and street food and provides catering services for corporate and private clients. Selina recently appeared on camera for a campaign for Quorn, cooking a Mauritian dinner for guests and has written recipes for JamieOliver.com, Great British Chefs and Air Mauritius she continues to cook up vibrant, colourful dishes with flavours of the Indian Ocean.
Described by Executive Traveller magazine as Ghana’s best kept secret, Patti is an inspiring Ghanaian who enjoys good food with a truly International perspective. Enthusiastic and passionate about the things she loves, she’s clearly on a mission to introduce the world to African cuisine, through her fusion-inspired cook books ‘ A Plate in the Sun’ and ‘A Date with Plantain’.
She brings the fun factor to fusion cooking and her style of cooking is creative African Fusion.
She enjoys demonstrating at food festivals and shares her exciting dishes at exclusive private dinners and pop-up suppers in a local wine cellar.
Patti is also Front of House and a resident chef at the Jean-Christophe Novelli Cookery School in Hertfordshire, UK, where she also runs courses on African-fusion cuisine called ‘A Plate in the Sun’ and shares her knowledge of spices.
In Jean-Christophe's Novelli's latest cookbook "Simply Novelli" he says "I regard her as my culinary spiritual sister, and an oceanic breath of fresh air".
Jan Black has a passion for historic cooking and herbal uses. She loves researching recipes from original manuscripts from as far back as 1390 and recreating the dishes using spices and herbs that are less commonly used today.
She spent ten years volunteering at Bodiam Castle where she provided medieval cooking demonstrations in the original kitchen area. She now volunteers at Michelham Priory talking about food and cooking in the Tudor kitchen.
Hidden deep in the Garden of England, the Estate is home to our award winning English sparkling wine, Balfour Brut Rosé. Since its beginnings, the Estate has grown its product range substantially and now boasts an exquisite selection of wines and ciders all produced from fruit grown in our beautiful vineyards and apple orchards. Our expert team of winemakers combine their skills in our state of the art winery to bring you this delicious range. The Estate comprises 400 acres of perfectly manicured vineyards, apple orchards and ancient oak woodlands rich with wildlife, flora and fauna all of which add to the beauty and provenance of what we produce.
It’s our team’s passion for what we do that makes us unique and very special. What started as a hobby for entrepreneur Richard Balfour-Lynn is now a quickly expanding family based wine and cider business.
Foraging tutor Sarah Watson of Wild Feast is a passionate foodie with huge enthusiasm for sustainable foraging and for using wild edibles as exciting ingredients in food, drinks and cocktails.
Sarah grew up in East Sussex identifying wild plants with her botanist dad, studied botany as part of her degree and is trained in plant identification. After a career mainly in the public sector, she decided to pursue her love of wild ingredients and set up Wild Feast. Sarah now holds foraging courses with wild food cookery and cocktail-making in the Sussex, Kent and Surrey area.
At the Copper Rivet Distillery, we aim to reinvent Chatham for the 21st century, by producing exceptional gins, whiskies and vodkas from scratch, in bespoke stills (wrought right here in Chatham) with the same skill that local craftsmen once fashioned world-class ships. Drawing upon Chatham’s rich tradition of innovation, craft and trade, we are proud to bring you our own, totally original and distinctive English whisky, gin and vodka.
Julia George has been a BBC presenter for 20 years. She's covered everything from earthquakes to the Oscars for BBC Breakfast, and won national recognition for her radio show, with awards like Mind Journalist of the Year, and best programme at the Jerusalem Awards. Julia currently presents a daily radio show on BBC Radio Kent, and the Sunday Politics on BBC1. She lives in Sothborough with her husband and two daughters. They are a foodie family who love to cook and eat together as much as possible. Julia also loves to talk about food: at a glamorous function a few years back, she explained to a charming grey-haired gentleman how to make the perfect risotto, based on a Jamie Oliver recipe. Julia only realised later, she'd been talking to Anton Mossiman!
Maunika Gowardhan is an Indian chef and author. Born and raised in Mumbai, India she is now based in the UK. Through her work in food she creates and shares traditional Indian dishes with exciting flavours and ingredients that are reflective of her upbringing and heritage. Her approach to cooking is simple and enticing with the use of earthy spices, fresh herbs & blends that are synonymous with India, based around dishes that are accessible and recipes are cooked from communities across India; many of which have been part of her own family for generations.
Maunika’s career in Indian food, spanning over a decade has stemmed from her love for authentic flavours, techniques of cooking and being able to share a fresh perspective on the cuisine. She strives to bridge cultural understanding between the East and the West working tirelessly via her cookery events, books, features, TV appearances and social media presence.
Friarwood is an independent wine wholesaler and retailer, selling into the top hotels and restaurants in London and throughout the UK. We are a young and enthusiastic team. Sourcing fine wines from around the world, Friarwood’s ever evolving portfolio secures ourself at the forefront of the wine trade. Each wine is selected and sourced by the entire team, to ensure the highest quality. Friarwood has been expanding from its Bordeaux roots to now representing fine wines from all over the world.
Every last Wednesday of the month, you have the possibility to meet the team in an intimate setting for a wine tasting event. ‘Friarwood Discovery Tasting' is an unmissable event hosted at Friarwood's Parsons Green Shop. It is the perfect opportunity to discover new wines paired with unexpected food. Book a ticket for the tasting of September, hosted by the luxury pastry Maitre Choux.
Allison Ferns is a mum of two and a Sony Award winning broadcaster who presents The Afternoon Show on BBC Surrey and Sussex from Monday to Thursday, 12 noon until 4pm. She trained in the performing arts at Italia Conti Theatre School in London before pursuing a career in the entertainment business. Summer seasons, pantos and a stint as a Butlins’ redcoat followed along with some fleeting on screen appearances. Rumour has it you can see the back of her head in the film Bridget Jones Diary! Allison then embarked on a Law and Politics degree, before securing an internship with Tony Blair at No 10 Downing Street. She then did a post grad in journalism before enjoying a successful stint on the programme "Last Bus to Whitehawk" on Southern FM before joining the BBC.
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James ‘JP’ Pearce is a radio broadcaster, currently presenting a weekly show – ‘The Countdown To Saturday Night’ - on Weybridge-based station, Brooklands Radio. Away from the studio, he loves working on outside broadcasts and has covered major local events including this year’s Weybridge 10k and Ride London. In 2016, JP undertook a 24-hour radio marathon show raising money for a local cause, Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. This is JP’s tenth year in the industry, which has seen him work on national internet radio stations, develop student media in Hampshire and at Kingston University, and work with the Olympic Broadcasting Services in both London and Rio.
Cooking background: “I’ve been cooking for myself since I was about 15; my mum was working full time when I was at school so I would cook for myself when I got home.
“I think I really discovered how much I enjoyed food and cooking in my early 20’s; I loved cooking for friends and family and got more and more adventurous in the kitchen the older I got.
“A while back I discovered I had two half-brothers and two half-sisters; I finally met them a couple of years ago and all of them are massively into food and music! So I would say there’s defiantly food and music in my blood!”
On MasterChef: “My sisters and most of my mates have been nagging me to apply for years! I was always a bit hesitant because it’s what I do to relax and I didn’t really want that to change. Last year my sister Lizzie practically forced me to fill the application out. I can’t be more grateful; this has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life, and hopefully will get even better. It has changed my outlook on what I want to do in the future!”
Cooking influences/ passions: “I now enjoy quite technical cookery. There is defiantly a similarity between what I do for a living and my cooking. As a sound engineer I am always dealing with both the scientific and creative sides of music and music production. I think this is also reflected in the food I like to cook, I love thinking up new dishes or thinking of ways to play with flavor combinations and textures of classics. I enjoy the science and precision involved in the more modernist style of cooking, but still love the simplicity of good ingredients and classic cookery.
“As much I like cooking fancy or complicated food, if cooking for my wife or family it would have to be a roast dinner. I love comfort food; it’s something we all grew up with. My wife’s family are from Pakistan and they used to have an “ English “ night when they were growing up where they would have a roast chicken or lamb and roast potatoes - all be it a little spicier than we would in my house!
Cooking ambitions: “I would have loved to have cooked for Keith Floyd. I think he was one of the first people I ever saw cooking really good food. He always looked like he was enjoying himself and I think he would have had a few good story’s to tell over dinner and a glass of wine.”
“Being on MasterChef has defiantly made me want to look at food and the food industry very seriously. I think ultimately joining my two passions would be amazing; being involved in a restaurant where the music and food as are as important as each other would be great!
Nick Deverell Smith is the Chef Owner of The Churchill Arms, a beautiful pub with rooms located in Paxford in The Cotswolds. The property is the first solo venture from Nick Deverell-Smith who was named the Junior Chef of the Year in 2000 and this year Nick is competing on BBC's Great British Menu. A local boy, Deverell-Smith has gone on to work alongside some of the country’s most renowned chefs, including Marco Pierre-White, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Waring and Eric Chavot, before becoming head chef at Soho House and finally opening his own pub in The Cotswolds. His menu features produce sourced daily from the surrounding countryside and local village gardens.
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The Food Teacher, Katharine Tate, is a teacher, award winning nutritional therapist and author. She combines her unique education and nutrition expertise to offer schools, corporates and families advice, education, practical workshops and individual/family clinical consultations. Listen to Katharine on UK Health Radio where she promotes the importance of food to improve health and wellbeing.
She has also published 2 books: ‘Heat-Free & Healthy’ and ‘No Kitchen Cookery for Primary Schools’
Love Wine is a boutique wine therapy and tasting venue based in Woodstock, giving an insight into the rich enjoyment of wine, its culture and phenomenal history.We are an independent wine merchant serving the local community and environs of Woodstock and Oxford University whilst underpinning Oxford’s place in wine history and tradition in British culture, a City where once 80 wine merchants over a 300 year period plied their trade.
Our Tasting Room has a wine tasting experience of at least 20 wines to taste at any one time - by grape type or world region. - You will get an introduction to our free flow tastings, where you can take as much time as you like to explore and compare the subtleties and complexities that trigger your taste. Historical and contextual interest add to the array of wines most of which are exclusive to Love Wine. You probably would have to travel a fair distance to find them elsewhere.
Adam Ready is Co-Director of Sideways Media, the super creative, full service media agency, notably recognised for producing the award winning, premier luxury lifestyle magazine; insideKENT.
Not content with being a lover of all things luxury and all of course all things Kentish, Adam is also a self-proclaimed foodie! Adam can often be found loitering in the best restaurants, one off pop ups and culinary feasts across the globe with a penchant for Mediterranean cuisine in homage to his family roots.
Counting celebrity and super chefs amongst not only his professional clients but also his personal friends, Adam is always keen to keep abreast of all things food; from trying new dishes; promoting fresh, local, seasonal produce & suppliers; and raising the profile of restaurants and chefs; through reviews and Sideways Media’s annually produced insideKENT Restaurant Guide.
You’ll be sure to find him not just compering the show, but tucking in throughout the day!
Mary is the youngest sister of chef/proprietor Mike North.
Mary began her career by joining us at our previous establishment, The Goose, for work experience when she was 15. She decided that cooking was what she wanted to do so when she left school came to work for us full time when we opened The Nut Tree when she was just 16. Since then Mary has undertaken stages at Le Manoir, Hand and Flowers, Gidleigh Parkand has become an integral part of the Nut Tree Team becoming our head chef a couple of years ago working alongside Mike ensuring The Nut Tree Inn runs smoothly. The Nut Tree was awarded a Michelin Star in 2008 and has maintained this accolade to date.
Chika Russell a qualified accountant and a former investment bank analyst, left a career in finance, to follow her passion; starting CHIKA’S, a food business with which she had all 5 Dragons in the Den eating out of her packet of award-winning Chilli Plantains Crisps! CHIKA’S excites snack lovers nationwide with its range of African-inspired, boldly flavoured, vegetarian and gluten-free crisps and nuts.
Stephanie Brookes is a food writer, reviewer and presenter. Stephanie is the Food Expert on the Jo Good and Simon Lederman Saturday Morning show on BBC Radio London. She explores London's thriving culinary scene, celebrating the best up and coming eateries as well as the newest food markets around. Stephanie also writes a monthly column for Essence magazine, reviewing her latest restaurant discoveries in the city.
You can also catch her presenting online for The Sun Food with The Sun Chef Takeover series. Stephanie recently presented at the British Restaurant Awards in London. She is also a judge for The Guild of Fine Food 's Great Taste Awards.
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Paul and Lynn Langham own and run Wiltshire's largest vineyard situated halfway between Avebury and Stonehenge. The vineyard extends to 12 acres and is planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Auxerrois and Seyval Blanc. Paul has been national Chairman of the UK Vineyards Association.
Head chef and AA rosette Award winner, Jon Machin from Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath, part of the Hand Picked Hotel group, has always harboured a passion for traditional British cooking. His early inspiration came from Marco Pierre White and his home economics teacher who ignited his love of cooking. He started off in his hometown of Barnsley prior to developing his skills in some of Yorkshire’s finest kitchens and under the tutelage of Terry Greenhouse, executive chef of the Cunard QE2. Since then, Jonathan has worked at various restaurants before joining the two AA – rosette Awarded Cloisters Restaurant at Bailbrook House Hotel . Jonathan’s menus are influenced by the seasons with asparagus being his hero ingredient due to its versatility.
After careers in the RAF and the super yacht industry, sisters Rebecca and Lorna decided to pursue their passion for food and love of cooking. Partnering with their parents Spike and Alison, who are both classically trained chefs, they created Cowan’s Kitchen based in Oxfordshire, catering for any and all events.
The company also organises pop-up restaurants and sells their ‘Cheese and Wine boxes to go’ at festivals and events throughout the UK.
Sunita Solanki is a British Indian chef and writer. She was born and brought up in the UK, but learned to cook from her Indian mother and grandmother. In 2016, she fulfilled a long-held dream and launched The British Indian Kitchen, a cookery school and supper club based in Chiswick. She runs regular classes at her home and in collaboration with Borough Kitchen, she hosts monthly supper clubs for entrepreneurial women, she's done demonstrations and classes with the Ideal Home show, and The Telegraph, and has catered for many high profile events.
With her heritage from India and East Africa, she demonstrates a real fusion of flavour with her dishes. Sunita's aim is to show everyone how easy it is to be playful with spice and combine incredible flavours inspired from her culinary journey.
Struggling with a lifetime of skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis, Hanna’s Doctors suggestion she try a chemotherapy drug to treat her condition prompted her to research an alternative way to heal. Hanna’s journey into nutrition and the incredible ability of food to support or damage the body, completely changed her diet and lifestyle, resulting in clear skin and a new found passion for health and cooking. Hanna’s bestselling book ‘Radiant’ shares her story, the before and after pictures of those she’s helped, and over 100 plant powered recipes to heal skin from within.
Matt Wilkinson is a radio presenter and hosts one of the biggest shows on commercial radio. He can be heard on Heart every weekday afternoon and on Saturday mornings.
Matt's relationship with food didn't start well, his early years inspired his mum to write a cook book entitled My Child Won't Eat. What he lacked in adventurousness back then he has made up for now with a hunger for knowledge about all things culinary. Matt will be on the hunt for cooking tips, flavour combinations, professional pointers and recipe recommendations as he hosts many of the demonstrations at this year’s festivals.
Kat Orman is an award winning presenter from BBC Radio Oxford where she presents the mid-morning show. Previously she has worked for national radio and has also appeared on various television programmes. Kat is a keen cook herself, has contributed to a recent cookbook, and is an ambassador of the Oxfordshire food scene. She regularly interviews top chefs on her show including Jamie Oliver, Monica Galletti, Antonio Carluccio and Raymond Blanc to name a few. She lives in Chipping Norton with her husband , her two children and her two Jack Russells.
Matthew is a multi-award winning, as seen on TV, Chef, Presenter, Judge, Host and Comedian. He has been appearing, presenting, judging and hosting a variety of live stages, radio and TV shows for over a decade.
Matthew has been featured on BBC TV programmes with the likes of John Craven, James Wong and on ITV with Adrian Edmondson. On BBC Radio Kent Matthew is a regular guest presenter and go to food expert. He has presented the Kent Food Report on Pat Marsh radio show and appeared on many other shows as guest expert.
On live stage shows Matthew is the regular presenter at the Kent County Show hosting the cookery stage and often combining that with live appearances on BBC Radio. He has recently hosted stages at Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge Castle food festivals. Other work includes presenting shows such as Dog Shows and various food markets to name a few. The judges of the National Taste Food awards made Tonbridge farmers market the best market in the UK citing the main reason for the edge over competitors to be ‘a lively and entertaining presenter on the food stage’.
As a host and comedian Matthew has worked for over 11 years at the famous 144Club (Kent’s Only Award-Winning Jazz Club). He appears regularly on BBC Radio with his comedy character aliases working with the likes of James Whale and Steve n Allen. Matthew has a track record in comedy having presented a comedy music show with his world leading musician brother Roan Kearsey-Lawson. Matthew is also an in-demand act for many W.I. groups and other groups, societies and associations.
As a food expert Matthew is a guest judge. Work includes being a senior judge on national fruit festivals, including recently at the Kent County Show ground tasting apples (hundreds of them!). He has also judged at Mid-Kent College and other education establishments and schools. Matthew has worked extensively for Produced in Kent being both judge and mentor to young chefs. In fact, the ‘Produced in Kent’ organisation created and awarded Matthew with a special award for his work in promoting young people and other businesses.
In the food industry Matthew started as a YTS boy on Gore farm in Kent via Hadlow College placement. He quickly became an expert in top fruit on the farm as well as developing all other farming skills (including his favourite Tractor Driving!) before becoming a farm manager when graduating. After farm managing Matthew worked for Tesco head office as a quality assurance top fruit specialist. From there he went on to become a senior manager at Opies (Pickles, Sauces etc as seen in your local supermarket) overseeing food tech Laboratories, Health and Safety, Product Development and Quality Assurance – a role which saw him travel the world to audit farms and products (the man from Opies, he say ‘Yes’). On from there Matthew took a senior management role at Frydays (one of the world’s largest egg producers supplying McDonalds to name a few) a role where he was responsible for the entire companies food quality, a leader on the British Egg Council and not forgetting overall manager of 75 farms and many sandwich filling plants.
Upon leaving the executive world of food conglomerates Matthew set up his own artisan food business, Kent Fine Foods. Now a multi-award-winning business Matthew creates award winning recipes and products, many of which have appeared on TV.
Matthew currently combines running Kent Fine Foods with his various Presenter, Judge, Host and Comedian roles..
‘Just Love Brownies’ is a thriving Sutton based business operating from a warm family kitchen with the love of a hard working mum. Sheema, a teacher turned baker, has a simple philosophy, which is to share her delicious brownie goodness with everyone. Her business, ‘Just Love Brownies’ specialises in a range of more than 20 gooey and fudgy gourmet flavoured chocolate brownies from patisserie heaven. Her famously indulgent flavours include Rose and Pistachio, Coconut and Lime, and Pink Himaliyan Salt with a hint of chilli.
Raysindian has been known for its ever popular currys and street food which has won them numerous awards and popularity amongst the people of Surrey. Curry of the year winners 2014 and runners up in the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2015 for restaurant of the year, their food demonstrations on stage at Woking Food and Drink awards and numerous TV show appearances over last three years has put Raysindian on the Map.
Rays Street Food follows the trend of the modern street food concept.Concentrating on the delights of India and the sub continent it presents new and exciting dishes and snacks right at your door step.
Ray and Shoba Aziz wanted to bring the people of Surrey a further more extensive range of street food which people can enjoy in the comfort of their home, office or eat on site and that is exactly what Rays Street Food does.
Pamm Beverages is basically an online independent wholesaler suppliers to cash & carry, restaurants, retailers, supermarkets, etc All Ingredients are natural ingredients sourced from approved BRC agent and broken UK. The packaging product is in a glass bottle 250ml x 24 in a box. The company have public and product liability insurance in place. Pamm Beverages is a registered trademark company as well as registered VAT. with various online methods of communication by phone, internet, email, Facebook, twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
The product innovation is available in one Pamm ginger & citrus juice drink glass bottle 250ml. Pamm Ginger& Citrus beverage juice drink is a vitalizing and healthy drink that can be served cold, with ice cube or as mixer for new margaritas taste cocktail.
Pamm Ginger& Citrus beverage juice drink is perfect for 13 years - elderly people and everyday busy life, social gathering, great for any occasions, and awesome to sip when cold or on a Hot summer afternoon or warming winter time.
Singular vintage-only English sparkling wine, with the only triple-Gold Award winning sparkling wine in England, set in the glorious Surrey Hills one mile from Horsley Place, and the overall award winner of Best Cellar Door of the Year 2017. Run by Bruce and Sibylla Tindale.
Yorkshire born and bred Nigel spent time at the highly acclaimed French cookery school Ecole Le Notre practicing specialist patisserie work, he's produced a set of cookery DVDs, opened a cookery academy that's said to be Lincolnshire’s finest cookery school and within in 8 weeks of being published Nigel's first cookbook NB. HOW TO COOK won an award in the GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS, winning the prestigious title of Best Cookery School Cookbook in the UK.
An award-winning broadcaster, journalist, compere and presenter, Vernon has been appearing on radio, on television and in print since the 1980s.
He is heard regularly on BBC Radio 4’s consumer show You & Yours, as producer/reporter for Farming Today and for its sister-programme on Saturday mornings, Farming Today This Week. He has also featured on the Today programme, Late Night Live on BBC Radio Five Live and The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2. His television credits include The Daily Politics with Andrew Neil on BBC Two, Points West on BBC One and Out of Westminster.
Vernon spent ten years at the helm of the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Gloucestershire which he combined with his chairmanship of popular audience programmes such as Gloucestershire Question Time, The Gloucestershire Debate and the much-loved Gardeners’ Questions. He moved to BBC Television where he was the Bristol-based Political Reporter working on a range of TV current affairs programmes.
In 2005 he began a decade-long tenure on a broadcasting institution when he became the producer and presenter of BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s flagship farming and rural affairs programme Country Matters. Topping the ratings and attracting a loyal audience, the programme showcased the county’s rich and varied nature, wildlife, food and farming.
He’s an experienced voice when it comes to describing major events and civic occasions such as royal visits, military parades and Remembrance Sunday services. His commentary on the funeral of Harry Patch, Britain’s last fighting ‘Tommy’ of the First World War, won him a Silver Sony Radio Award.
Elsewhere Vernon has presented the Breakfast Show (and a variety of other live programmes) on BBC radio stations in Essex, Oxford, Berkshire, Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire. On stage, his compere duties have included Gardeners’ World Live, the BBC Summer of Wildlife Tour, the Countryfile Summer Special, Bristol Food Connections, the Cirencester Business Awards, the Last Night of the Proms at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.
In 2016 Vernon’s work as a documentary-maker was recognised internationally at the New York Radio Festival. In August he was the launch host, quiz-master and interviewer at the first-ever BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace which attracted 125,000 people.
Brody is a familiar face in the area having hosted many of Coventry & Warwickshire's major events. This is Brody's 10th year of broadcasting to Coventry & Warwickshire and you can tune in every weekday afternoon from midday on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. Brody also presents BBC Introducing every Saturday evening from 8pm - a show that features undiscovered local musical talent from our neck of the woods. As well as his love for radio, Brody also enjoys writing his weekly column for the Coventry Telegraph.
Rich is The Food Insider. A passionate chef and home economist, Rich has developed his cooking style working behind the scenes on the UK's leading food television programs. It's now time for this talented chef to step into the limelight.... and Rich is certainly doing that with his first book - BBQ - Fire & Smoke published in May 2016 with another book currently slated for publication in 2018.
His varied and exciting career has seen him working alongside some of the world's most renowned chefs and it has been this exposure which has driven him to continually search for new ideas in the kitchen.
He has a relaxed and engaging presenting style, both on camera and when cooking live on stage at national food shows and events. He is a regular presenter for Waitrose TV and writes for their magazine, Harvest.
Rich studied French at university and spent a year living and studying in France- both on the French Indian Ocean island of La Réunion and in Pau, in the Pyrenees - giving him the opportunity to explore traditional regional French and Créole cuisine. He has travelled to over 30 countries including China, India and Malaysia and has a true passion for authentic local cooking, with a particular love of traditional street food. However despite his love for new and exotic flavours, Rich's culinary roots lay firmly in home-cooked food to be shared by family and friends.
Outside of television Rich regularly works as a food writer and stylist for cookery books and often works as a private chef to a select group of clients, both in London and abroad.
Richard grew up in rural Oxfordshire and now lives in Brighton, East Sussex
Anjula Devi is a chef and author. Anjula has worked for a wide range of retailers, food manufacturers and leading publications.
Anjula launched an Indian cookery book and range of Indian cooking products across the UK in partnership with Lakeland in September 2016, and her cookery book ‘Spice for Life’, was launched in April 2017.
Anjula has founded her own cooking school, been appointed Brand Ambassador for the world’s largest Indian food company TRS Foods and created her own brand – ‘Route 207’. The brand is named after the bus journey Anjula and her father used to make from Southall to Shepherds Bush Market to buy spices, vegetables and fresh fish.
Anjula also uses her culinary skills to work with primary school children who have special educational needs.
Brad Carter Knew He Wanted To Be A Chef At The Age Of 11 When He Discovered His Skill And Passion For Cooking After Entering A Pizza Competition At School.
His first job was working as a kitchen porter in his local pub where he soon began to cook and fell in love with the industry. Brad decided to enroll at University College Birmingham, which is known for its high standard of teaching culinary arts.
After graduating, Brad decided to widen his culinary influences by working abroad where he picked up new culinary techniques and skills. He worked in fine-dining restaurants in Marseille, France and Menorca, where he was inspired by the methods, flavours and ingredients that would later influence his own unique take on modern British food.
Brad returned to the UK and gained further experiences as a chef working in kitchens in Torquay and London. He soon grew an ambition to have his own restaurant that celebrates local British produce.
The young chef’s dream was turned into a reality when he opened the doors of Carters of Moseley with his partner Holly Jackson in November, 2010. Recognition soon came from the top when they were awarded a coveted Michelin star in September 2015 and winning Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year 2015 competition.
Speaking to the Good Food Guide, Brad said: “I Love To Inspire And Be Inspired, Being A Chef Is A Lifestyle Choice, I Love The Life I Live.”
From interviewing Gordon Ramsay at the BBC Good Food Show to media training a cheesemaker before his demo at the Stratford Food Festival, collaborating with chefs is what Tracey loves most about working in the hospitality business.
As a social media consultant she creatse compelling and engaging content to tell the story of a food brand, producer, venue or event. As well as leveraging existing food festivals she has launched new monthly street food nights including Eat Street in Leamington Spa and 1st Thursdays in Rugby.
As a writer she blogs about great independent foodies in the West Midlands and writes restaurant reviews for travel guides and regional media too.
Twitter - @midlandsgourmet
Charlotte Skidmore has worked in local media for 14 years since leaving university and for the past four years she has been editor of Somerset Life, a magazine celebrating the great and the good in Somerset, Bath and Bristol.
Annually Somerset Life brings the finest of the area’s chefs, restaurants and foodie outlets together at its glittering Food and Drink Awards.
A keen home cook herself, Charlotte is also a food critic and a judge for a number of regional food and drink festivals.
Marlow has always had a love for the great outdoors. From an early age, he would go mushroom hunting with his Nan and when he moved to Scotland to attend secondary school, he learned more about wild food from his Latin teacher.
After 12 years managing a website development company he left it all behind to start Wildfood Uk with Eric Biggane and hasn’t looked back since. Marlow is delighted to be out foraging rather than sorting out HTML issues; even in the rain and wind!
Rob is based at the world famous Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Rob is no stranger to working at the highest culinary tier. His exciting chef career has seen him develop and serve up “Great British Menu’s” for Celebrities and Royal International dignitaries. Covering the Education sector across the Compass Estate.
Rob’s passionate and enthusiastic character is empathised in his dishes, which are described as classic recipes with a modern exciting twist”. Robs love for food started as a young boy working on his grandparent’s farm, helping his grandmother in the kitchen.