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.
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.
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.
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.
Twitter: @ChurchillArms15 / @chefnickdev
Instagram: thechurchillarmspaxford / nickdeverellsmith
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.