Xochi's first career was as a trends journalist and freelance writer for the Financial Times and the Evening Standard before abandoning office life to set up a street food van, Rainbo. But with that life came long hours, unhealthy food and mounting stress, and a dawning realisation that she could not sustain this pace of life in the long term. Xochi enrolled at the College of Naturopathic Medicine and started writing The Naturalistablog as a means of documenting her journey back to vitality through food, natural beauty and mindfulness.With her husband Ben, Xochi travels to various teachers and workshops in the UK and beyond to delve ever deeper into what it means to live a healthy, balanced and spiritually connected life.www.thenaturalista.co.uk@xochibalfour
As an Instagram chef, Miguel Barclay's dishes always look amazing, but what has caused such a buzz is the fact that they all cost less than £1 per person! From his kitchen in Camden, Miguel is constantly experimenting with breaking down recipes and coming up with innovative new £1 creations. Through his One Pound Meals phenomenon, Miguel is giving people the confidence and motivation to change the way they cook for ever. Miguel's first book, One Pound Meals became the biggest debut cookbook of the year and a Sunday Times Manuals chart bestseller. Fast & Fresh One Pound Meals, Miguel's second book also became an online bestseller as OPM fans devoured his new collection of recipes.Widely covered by the print media, Miguel and his One Pound Meals revolution has been featured by The Times, the Mail, Fabulous mag in the Sun, Metro, Independent and many more. Miguel has also cooked live on This Morning as well as BBC London News and is now a popular face at foodie festivals throughout the UK. @OnePoundMeals
Mary Berry is the nation's favourite baker and home cook. The much-loved judge of The Great British Bake Off, Mary is the author of more than 70 cookbooks. Mary is loved for her practical and unfussy approach to cooking, but when she is at home, she loves to be with her family and tending her garden - her other great passion.
Jack Adair Bevan
Jack Adair Bevan is an award-winning drinks and cocktail creator. He regularly contributes to the Guardian Weekend magazine. In 2013 he was awarded Young British Foodie of the Year in the cocktail category for his Old Fashioned, and in 2015 was named Innovator of the Year at the Imbibe Awards, going on to be judge in the following years. He has appeared on BBC2's Food and Drink programme and he regularly appears at food and drinks festivals around the UK. He was on the judging panel of the 2016 BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards.He co-founded and co-authored The Ethicurean restaurant in Wrington and The Ethicurean Cookbook (Ebury). The restaurant was hailed as 'the UK's answer to NOMA' by Fiona Beckett and ranked number 2 in the Guardian's top 50 UK restaurants of 2015. He was part of the Ethicurean team that created The Collector vermouth from ingredients grown and foraged around barley wood walled garden, home of The Ethicurean. Twitter: @JackABevan
RAYMOND BLANC is renowned for his passion for seasonal, sustainable and organic produce. When sourcing food for his two Michelin-starred restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, he makes sure to know everything about its provenance. With his gardeners, he has cultivated herb beds, a two-acre vegetable garden, a mushroom valley and heritage orchard. Raymond champions an ethical approach to cooking with sourcing and seasonality at the heart of it. He is involved in many movements and is honorary President of The Sustainable Restaurant Association and Vice President of Garden Organic. THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW is a world-famous scientific organisation, holding an unrivalled position for its outstanding collections of plants and fungi, artefacts and art, world-class Herbarium as well as its expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development. From its beginnings as a small physic garden in 1759 it has grown to become a top international visitor attraction and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kew's 132 hectares of stunning landscaped gardens and iconic glasshouses make it one of the world's best-loved gardens, a paradise for plant lovers, offering a wealth of ideas and inspiration to all.
Luca Bonaccorsi (author) is a journalist, campaigner, economist and environmentalist with over twenty years of international experience. Luca has investigated environmental crimes and disasters in various areas of the world such as Afghanistan, Laos, the Gulf of Thailand, the Gulf of Mexico, South Africa, Lebanon and Italy. He has edited national publications, hosted radio and TV programs. He is currently the Director of Engagement and Communications at the Marine Conservation Society.Richard Harrington (author) is a marine biologist, passionate about rocky seashores and shallow seas. He has previously worked as a warden on the stunning St Mary's Island, and worked with young people and volunteers for the RSPB. Richard writes for Coast magazine, and is currently Head of Communications at the Marine Conservation Society.Clare Fischer (author) is a former BBC broadcaster, who spent almost twenty years presenting, producing and reporting for local radio. Trained at the London College of Printing, she joined the BBC via local newspapers and commercial radio. She presented across the day including Breakfast, Mid-Morning, Afternoon and Drivetime shows. She is currently PR Manager at the Marine Conservation Society.
Ivan was born in a bike shop, or so he thought for the vast majority of his childhood. It was these sorts of misunderstandings and mistakes that crafted him into the writer he is today. Ivan's first book, published on his 21st birthday, was the multiple award-nominated Casper Candlewacks in Death By Pigeon. A love-letter to provincial England and the unique characters that inhabit its villages, this silly yet anarchic book was followed up with three more in the series: Casper Candlewacks in The Claws of Crime, Casper Candlewacks in Attack of the Brainiacs and Casper Candlewacks in The Time Travelling Toaster, all met with rave reviews.A qualified primary teacher based in North London, Ivan splits his time between tutoring, writing and being nibbled by his cat. He has a lifelong obsession with cycling, comic books, and most importantly, games. Having employed hundreds of games to entertain himself, strengthen friendships and teach his classes, he has spent the last year collecting his favourites to share with the world in the form of The Floor is Lava.Follow Ivan on Twitter: @IvanBrett
Emma Bridgewater established her successful pottery business in 1985. She found a manufacturer in Stoke-on-Trent to produce a range of mugs, jugs and teapots inspired by traditional shapes and spongeware designs. She now employs over 230 people and continues to make all her ceramics in Staffordshire, the historic home of pottery manufacture in Britain. Emma is married with four children and lives outside Oxford, where she was brought up.Follow Emma on Twitter: @EmmaBridgewater www.emmabridgewater.co.uk
Bobbi Brown is an internationally renowned make-up artist and the founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Her products are sold in more than 460 stores worldwide. Bobbi is also the beauty editor of NBC's Today show and a frequent guest on Oprah, E! and the Style Network in the US. She is the author of four bestselling books on beauty.
Clemency Burton-Hill has been one of the UK's most prominent arts and music broadcasters for the past decade. As the host of BBC Radio 3's Breakfast Show she welcomed a new audience to classical music. Her television presenting work includes the BBC Proms and Young Musician of the Year, as well as numerous other music and arts programmes on radio, television and online. As a journalist her work has been published in every major UK publication, including the Economist, the Financial Times, Guardian, Observer and Independent. She is also the music columnist for BBC Culture. An award-winning violinist, Clemency has performed all over the world under leading conductors. She is the co-founder of Aurora Orchestra and a patron of the music and arts education charities The Choir of London Trust and Dramatic Need. She was appointed Creative Director of Music and Arts for New York Public Radio in September 2018 and she divides her time between London and New York.
Zoé de Las Cases
Zoé de Las Cases is an illustrator and artistic director of a Parisian creative agency.She is the author of a number of colouring books including - Secret Paris: Colouring for mindfulness; Secret Japan: Colouring for mindfulness: Secret Paris: Colour Your Way to Calm. www.zoedelascases.comFollow on Twitter @zoedelascases
John Chapman and Leon Bustin are personal trainers, nutritionists and YouTube sensations. With over 250,000 subscribers and 11 million views these two best friends are showing that getting healthy, fit and in great shape can be fun!www.theleanmachines.com
Cas Clarke wrote her first book, GRUB ON A GRANT, after taking a degree in Urban Studies at Sussex University. She now lives in Milton Keynes with her husband Andy and children James and Helena.
Bill Collison is arguably the most successful retail greengrocer in the UK, winning accolades from everyone who shops and eats at Bill's Produce Stores (currently in Lewes and Brighton). From humble beginnings over 20 years ago, selling fruit and vegetables from what amounted to a shed, he has slowly grown his business. His is the story of the humble greengrocer who fought - the onslaught of supermarkets, the financial and seasonal fluctuations of supplies, the rising costs of everything - and won. Now, with new business partners, Caprice Holdings, on board, Bill's Produce Stores will be rolling out across the UK, into major cities, bringing Bill's and the food to a broader audience.Bill's success is about clever growth - observing trends and challenges and adapting to them quickly. It's also about sheer hard work, getting into the store at 4am to dress it for the day and make it the visual treat that people come from miles away to experience. But it's mostly about the food - it's delicious, it's different, it's packed with flavours and colours and textures and for all that, it isn't expensive. From the simplest scrambled eggs on toast to the award winning vegetarian breakfast, the mezze plates and cakes that customers gawp at as they're set down before them, it's all presented with a flourish and a keen eye for detail - a unique celebration of eating.Bill's background is in growing and greengrocery. His passion for food comes from a different source to his peers, literally from the roots up. He knows about produce, how it's grown and supplied, the peculiarities of sustainably growing different fruits and vegetables, the effects of the weather and the shifting requirements of customers.
Gennaro Contaldo was born in Minori on the Amalfi coast, where he first started helping in local restaurant kitchens at the age of eight. He came to Britain in the late 1960s and spent his first years travelling around the country, working in local village restaurants and studying wild food. He then came to London where he worked as a chef in a number of restaurants before opening the award-winning 'Passione'. We first met Gennaro Contaldo as the chef who inspired Jamie Oliver when they had worked together at Carluccio's. Since then Gennaro's quintessentially Italian spirit has made him a TV favourite and these days he divides his time between inspiring us to cook authentic Italian food through his books, magazine and television appearances, and working with Jamie on his 'Jamie's Italian' restaurants. Gennaro lives in north-east London with his partner, Liz, and their six-year-old twin girls Olivia and Chloe.
Mylène Desclaux is a blogger and previously worked as a publicist. She lives in Paris and this is her first book.Read her French blog here: http://happyquinqua.com/
Naomi Devlin is a nutritionist, fermentista and foodie. She has taught at River Cottage for 8 years, where her gluten-free and nutrition courses are always fully booked. Naomi's first book, River Cottage Gluten Free, is one of the brightest and most successful books on gluten-free cooking and in this, her second book, Naomi focuses on keeping your gut healthy and happy.www.milkforthemorningcake.blogspot.cominstagram: @naomiannedevlintwitter: @naomidevlin
Mark Diacono runs Otter Farm in Devon, home to orchards of pecans, peaches, almonds, szechuan pepper, apricots and a vineyard. He spends most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. He is an award-winning journalist and photographer, who ran the Garden Team at River Cottage and whose writing often features in the press. He also regularly runs gardening courses and events at River Cottage UK.He is the author of Veg Patch: River Cottage Handbook, Chicken & Egg: River Cottage Handbook, Fruit: River Cottage Handbook, A Taste of the Unexpected and A Year At Otter Farm.
Martin Dorey is a writer and surfer. He lives on the North Devon coast with his wife, Joanne, daughters Maggie and Charlie, a medium-sized dog of unknown origin called Bob and Pootle, a 28-year-old Volkswagen camper van.He started the #2minutebeachclean initiative and the idea has been taken up all over the world. His latest book is called No More Plastic.@martindorey
Joe is a former England professional basketball player, with over 10 years experience in fitness and health training and coaching. Joe founded the Fitness Boutique in 2005 and has trained a vast range of clients from competition-ready athletesto busy mums wanting to shed baby weight. Joe and the Fitness Boutique team are also retained by a number of celebrities, international royalty and several leading film production houses to ready film stars for major - and often demanding - roles.