Anjum Anand was born in London and is a European Business Administration graduate. Her parents emigrated from New Delhi before she was born. She has worked in New York's Cafe Spice and the Tommy Tang catering company in Los Angeles and has studied in Geneva, Paris and Madrid. Her recent BBC TV series Indian Food Made Easy weas hugely poular and showcased her diverse experience and glamorous vitality.
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.
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.
Antonio Carluccio is the author of several bestselling books including AN INVITATION TO ITALIAN COOKING and CARLUCCIO'S COMPLETE ITALIAN FOOD. In October 1999 he was made Commendatore of the Italian Republic. He and his wife Priscilla created Carluccio's, the specialist Italian food shop, and the successful Carluccio's Caffe chain of restaurants.
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.
Clarissa Dickson Wright
Clarissa Dickson Wright found fame alongside Jennifer Paterson as one half of the much-loved TV cooking partnership Two Fat Ladies. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Spilling the Beans as well as many cookery books including The Game Cookbook and, most recently, Potty - her one-pot cookbook. She is also a passionate supporter of the Countryside Alliance and of rural life. She lives a little in London but mostly in Scotland.
Monty Don is well known as the gardening expert for ITV's This Morning, is a presenter on BBC1's Holiday, and hosts Channel 4's Real Gardens. He fronts C4's TV coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show, and is also the weekly gardening correspondent of the Observer.
Fleur De Force
Fleur De Force is one of the most successful beauty and fashion vloggers in the world. She started making videos on YouTube in September 2009, and has been building her global audience ever since. Her You Tube channel subscribers now stand at over 1.3 million bringing her into the top 1% Google approved YouTubers in the beauty sector. Her chatty, informative and accessible videos see her looking at her favourite beauty/fashion trends, products and advice and currently attract over 4 million views per month and some 180,000,000 views since she started.In addition to her You Tube channel, Fleur is an avid blogger - her blog attracts over 100,000 unique visitors per month.Fleur's first book The Glam Guide, published by Headline, shares all of her secrets and discoveries from makeup tips, wardrobe cheats, first-date points or healthy lifestyle motivation and it went straight to the top 5 of the Sunday Times bestsellers!She is a regular speaker at trade events including Beautycon and Vidcon and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Miss Vogue, Company, Sunday Times Style and ITV This Morning.
UK-born Scott Gooding, Luke Hines' fellow MY KITCHEN RULES star and CLEAN LIVING co-author, is a qualified personal trainer and health coach, and owns his own fitness business in Sydney's eastern suburbs. His love of good food and cooking were encouraged at a young age by his parents. Scott's top priority is fuelling kids' nutrition through education.Follow Scott online on www.facebook.com/ScottGoodingFitness, www.twitter.com/ScottyFit, www.scottygoodingproject.com and www.instagram.com/scottyfit
Sophie Grigson is the innovative writer of much-loved columns in the London Evening Standard, the Independent and The Sunday Times. She has published many successful cookery titles and presented their accompanying television series for the BBC and Channel 4.
Fresh out of baking college, Tom won Baker Of the Year and his signature sourdough has won Organic Loaf of the Year 9 times in the last 10 years. Now, along with his butcher brother Henry, the two work and cook side by side, professionally and domestically, creating every element of a meal; from the bun to the burgers and even the homemade pickles that top them off.
Last year Henry, 24, left his role as Head Chef of the award winning Coach and Horses in Clerkenwell to face a new challenge, buying the traditional butchers next door to his brother Tom`s bakery. Now the two work and cook side by side, professionally and domestically, creating every element of a meal; from the bun to the burgers and even the homemade pickles that top them off.
Luke Hines and Scott Gooding cooked their way to the finals in MY KITCHEN RULES with their healthy food philosophy. Luke went on to build a career as a leading health and wellness personality. With six books, numerous television appearances and writing credits in food and fitness publications, Luke's message is simple: nourish your body with the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, keep active in a way that you enjoy, and smile each and every day.Follow Luke online through www.facebook.com/lukehinesonline, www.twitter.com/LukeHinesOnline, www.lukehines.com and www.instagram.com/LukeHinesOnline
Ken Hom was born in the United States of Chinese parents. He studied art history at the University of California and lived in nearby Berkeley until 1998 when he moved to south-west France where he is now based permanently. His first BBC television series, Chinese Cookery, in 1984 and its accompanying book assured him a place in the hearts of all those fascinated by Oriental cookery. Together with Ken Hom's Hot Wok and Ken Hom Travels with a Hot Wok, on fusion food, Ken has created a trio of bestsellers which has sold over one and a half million copies around the world.
Florence Knight is a Sunday Times columnist and head chef at Polpetto in Soho. She studied at London College of Fashion before deciding to follow her passion for food, studying at Leiths School of Food and Wine. She then went on to work with French master baker Richard Bertinet, as a pastry chef at the Diamond Club, where the kitchen was led by Raymond Blanc, and in 2010 joined Polpetto, the small Venetian-inspired restaurant owned by Russell Norman.
Sue Lawrence won Masterchef in 1991 and was the President of the Guild of Food Writers from 2004 to 2007. She wrote a regular column for Scotland on Sunday and Scotland magazine and was also the Sunday Times food columnist. She has written for Sainsbury's magazine, Woman & Home, Country Living and BBC Good Food magazine and appears regularly on radio and television talking about Scottish food and traditions. She won the Regional Writer Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award in 2003 for her work in Scotland on Sunday and is the author of SUE LAWRENCE'S SCOTTISH KITCHEN, BOOK OF BAKING and the award-winning SCOTS COOKING.Sue Lawrence lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children.
Passionate about food and cycling, Nell Nelson has cycled and eaten in every country she has visited from Mexico's cactus-studded deserts to Pakistan's snow-topped mountains. Her hobby has led to a fascinating career in nutrition, food and travel writing and TV presenting. Nell presented the eight-part TV series The Woman Who Ate Scotland which was shown on STV and UKTV Food, showcasing Scottish produce and cycling in Scotland. As a fully qualified nutritionist, Nell is fascinated by harnessing the power of food so you can get the most out of life whether it's cycling hundreds of miles or just preparing a meal that puts you in a thoroughly good mood.
Kaushy learned to cook as a child on her grandmother's farm in northern India, coming to live in the UK in the 1960s. The success of the deli in Bradford she ran for 22 years with her husband led to the opening of Prashad, the restaurant, serving authentic Gujarati cuisine. Award-winning Prashad has now become a destination for food-lovers and fans of vegetarian cooking. Last year saw the launch of a new venture: Bundobust, in Leeds, championing traditional Indian streetfood dishes with craft beers.Kaushy's skills both as a professional chef and as a home cook, and her wide knowledge and enthusiasm will inspire you to get into the kitchen and get out your spice jars. www.prashad.co.ukFollow Prashad on Twitter: @Prashad_veggie