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Claire Allen is a multi-talented food entertainer, entrepreneur, and online content curator from South Africa who has combined a successful career in marketing with a sincere and insatiable love of food, a passion which was really ignited after she competed in MasterChef South Africa in 2014. The opportunity paved the way for Claire to become a sought-after celebrity chef on the local foodie scene. After the show finished, she combined her love for food and entertainment, launching her blog Food Is Love and a career as a food entertainer, taking to the stage both locally and abroad. This included headlining at The Good Food & Wine Show (SA's largest culinary event), and a stint as a weekly celebrity chef contributor to South Africa's popular daily entertainment programme - the Expresso breakfast show on SABC 3.
Farmer Angus is one of two grass fed, pasture-reared beef producers in the Western Cape. His onsite butchery is, however, the only one processing the beef that is produced on his farm. Spencer and Wilkus, two Farmer Angus' Butcherers, take us through the complicated process of breaking down meat.
After growing up on an inspiringly beautiful farm in Southwest Arizona, Jessica moved to New York City to work as a nanny. Because of her passion for cooking, she soon found that she was hired to teach other nannies how to prepare delicious and healthy dishes for the children of New York City. Jessica then decided to follow her passion for cooking, beginning formal studies at the acclaimed Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School. After interning at the Four Seasons, Manhattan, she went on to study at the DCT Culinary Academy in Switzerland where she became the First American Female to win the prestigious Gold Medal in KochKunst at the ZAGG. Jessica has also worked in London at the Ritz but currently lives in Chicago, where she has been working as a private chef for Chicago families, producing a “recipe” and educational series that aims to further culinary excellence.
Duncan Baker has been a Butcher for the best part of 33 years. A part owner of butchers Parson's Nose, Duncan has experience on experience. He often jokes about being a meat surgeons, but on a serious note, learning how to break down and prepare whole carcasses requires a lot of skill and knowledge- thankfully, Duncan has plenty!
Marcus is passionate about all things outdoor cooking: BBQ, wood fired, campfire cooking and smoking. He is the best-selling author of Food & Fire and founder of UK BBQ mag, and his YouTube channel CountryWoodSmoke. He teaches people to cook exciting food outdoors at BBQ demos and runs a UK BBQ School at his home in Devon, UK. His aim is to help people pack as much flavour into their food as possible, with simple and sometimes theatrical techniques. He looks for inspiration in flavours from all around the globe and finds the best ways to cook them with live fire and smoke.
Italian Dimo Cerrone was born near Naples, and has a typical Italian love for food. After working at Jamie Oliver's Cooking School, Dimo since become Head Chef at Urban Pantry. In his free time, he enjoys playing frisbee, travelling and tasting Alice's latest baking project!
Chef Edward Clegg has been a culinary professional for 25 years working with some of the world's top chefs in the UK and South Africa. Being an advocate of innovation and technology in the culinary industry Edward has specialized in molecular gastronomy, fine dining and he is also actively involved in the avant-garde food movement.
Since its opening day The Pot Luck has filled 2 sitting’s each night throughout high and low season, running to capacity of one hundred and twenty guests. It has been dubbed the coolest place to be in Cape Town and its success is based on innovative cuisine, served in a relaxed yet edgy environment in a part of Cape Town that has never attracted an evening dining crowd.
The Shortmarket Club, co-owned and run by chef and manager wonderduo, Wesley Randles and Simon Widdison in partnership with Luke and Sandalene Dale-Roberts. As the third establishment to join the Luke Dale-Roberts portfolio, The Shortmarket Club has been a welcome addition to Cape Town’s dining scene from the moment it opened in June 2016.
A dynamic London-based journalist specialising in travel, food and lifestyle who has picked up years of experiencing working in China, Dubai and the UK writing and editing for publications such as ShortList, Grazia, N by Norwegian and the i paper as well as Gulf News in the UAE and The China Daily in Shanghai. Judy has interviewed chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Francis Mallmann and Jason Atherton and reviewed everything from street food in Istanbul, brunches n Dubai and Michelin starred restaurants in London. She also does stand-up comedy.
Chef Ryan Cole is a quick minded natural talent and one of the best technical chefs he has ever worked with, says Luke Dale Roberts- which is high praise indeed from the British-born Master Chef. Chef Ryan has taken the reigns at Salsify at the Roundhouse and is enjoying creating a unique dining experience to tempt and delight.
Renato Correia and Helene Vaerlien started their coffee company with the solid determination to bring a high quality, varied taste experience to the Cape Town coffee scene. Having been inspired by Nordic principles of roasting, they set about sourcing and creating relationships with farmers. Sustainable and ethical, businesses like Espresso Lab are the future of the coffee industry.
British-born Luke trained in Switzerland and England before heading to Asia for a five year stint, launching several restaurants in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the Philippines. “My time in Europe taught me to cook; my time in Asia broadened my horizons”, says Luke. Since moving to Cape Town in 2006, Luke has consistently proven his world-class standing with a string of awards and accolades. The Test Kitchen, The Pot Luck Club and The Shortmarket Club are just some of the restaurants in his celebrated portfolio.
Simon Davies has been a television presenter for over 30 years. He has presented BAFTA winning kid's series for the BBC, presented for SKY and hosted live Shopping Channel TV as well as award-winning factual programmes. In 2014, after decades of experience, he began running a TV Presenter Training Course and has hosted Corporate Training Events for top UK Companies including Barclays, Rothschilds, BAE Systems and Guinness World Records.
From the very start, Chef Jack Deane's career as a professional chef has centred around, very simply; teaching cookery skills. With a focus on demonstrating simplicity, removing enigma, and encouraging confidence - Chef Jack has worked in schools, cookery schools, and run public and private events & workshops. His passion is to bring the most exciting ideas from around the world to every home kitchen - by proving their accessibility, and inspiring anyone, in any kitchen, to give it a go.
Etana's interest in butchery first started while working in restaurants and seeing a whole beef rib broken down into boneless Ribeyes. On a whim she decided to make a career change and pursue butchery without ever cutting a piece of meat. Etana got her start in the Meat Department of a large grocery store. After a year and a half, she decided to move across the ocean to further her training, cutting alongside some talented London butchers and learning the craft of whole carcass butchery.
Chef Toya Erving is a Swedish Chef, living in Stockholm (in Prince Carl-Phillip and Princess Sofia's ex home!) She was trained at Leith's School of Food and Wine and formally trained at Cordon Bleu in London. She worked at Rick Stein's The Seafood Restaurant and popular gastropub Hops and Glory. She loves seafood- which you'll be able to tell after her series!
Butcher Farrell made the change from a nascent career in audio engineering to the world of meat, whilst living in Shanghai and it was here where the term 'nose to tail' really embedded into his ethos. Since then he moved to Hong Kong to manage a bespoke shop selling the best meat from around the world, whilst acquitting a love and dedication to the art of dry aging meat. During his time away, he learnt every scrap of knowledge he was shown from chefs and butchers from all over the world, learning the ‘secreto’ cuts and the best ways to cook them. Now back in the UK, Butcher Farrell manages The Home Farm Shop, up in North West England. Ever on a quest for knowledge, he now attends Manchester Metropolitan University, studying for a Masters in Food Science and Innovation. With his Masters and butchery knowledge combined, he plans to share and develop a broader understanding of food and food choices, “it’s not about giving up meat to save the planet, It’s about eating the right kind of meat and knowing how to use it all”.
From a casual food blogger to a professional food photographer, Koray started documenting his dining experiences on social media and in a short space of time, found himself turning his passion into a career.
Italian film-maker Federico Fellini famously said that “Life is a combination of magic and pasta” and this sums up Isabella’s attitude towards food perfectly! Eating for pleasure, never calorie-counting and enjoying life to the full.
Mat Gothard has been a full time butcher for around 12 years and has his own butchers shop, Bates Butchers, in a small market town in the Midlands called Atherstone. Last year Mat’s shop picked up Best Butchers Shop for the Midlands & East of England. Butcher Mat got in to butchery at a very early age when he used to help his dad with pot washing in his butchers shop. He then gradually started to learn the basics of the ‘butchers knot’ and linking sausages! He knew from an early age that butchery was the career he wanted. Being a young butcher in what is still seen as an ‘old mans game’ he loves creating new products and playing around with different cuts, whilst still holding tradition close.
Sarah’s enduring passion is to help you to feel better through food. She runs a successful private consulting practice in London, helping people with chronic disease to minimise symptoms and optimise their health outcomes on a one-to-one basis through diet and lifestyle changes. She looks at the person rather than the condition, so she can get to the root cause of what is driving your symptoms. Her ambition is for Nutritional Therapy and Functional Medicine to be accessible to people that need it at all levels of society.
Born in Mthatha South Africa, and raised in Cape Town, Chef Ash Heeger was inspired by the world at large, Chef Ash Heeger is on a culinary mission that just keeps getting better, bigger and more exciting. In 2016, she started her own ASH Restaurant in 2016 and 'Riverine Rabbit' with sister Mandy van Der Berg in 2018, which focuses on the sustainable use of our natural recourses.
Chris Hill is a self-trained chef who grew up in Atlanta, went to the University of Alabama and pursued a career in consulting before moving to Virginia to follow his passion - food. He opened his first restaurant at the age of 28 where he grew into the role of executive chef of 3 Way Cafe, a gourmet sandwich bistro in downtown Norfolk. After a half decade, he sold his share in the business to pursue other ventures within the culinary world that include TV, speaking and consulting.
Tony is one of the worlds leading communication specialist working closely with some of the best known TV Chefs and live demonstrators. Over the past 2 decades in the media, he has been training chefs and corporations all around the world on how to engage an audience as well as directing and producing food TV shows for multiple global media platforms.
Developing a strong affinity towards cooking at a very young age made Vrushali do her Bachelors’ in Hotel Management from IHM Goa, in order to pursue her passion to have a career in the world of culinary. Her dedication and commitment to excel have made her a name in the Culinary Fraternity in the UAE.
Family Chef Andrea Justova has worked for years as a private, personal Chef. Whilst working as an au-pair for a family where she was looking after two children, she began studying at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London, where she qualified as a Natural Chef. The course focused on using natural and fresh ingredients to create therapeutic menus for different health conditions and to support general well being.
Yasemen Kaner-White is a luxury travel and food journalist, broadcaster and lemon-lover. Having worked in media throughout her career, including working as a TV and radio broadcaster in Cyprus, she is also the author of ‘Lemon Compendium’, a book based entirely on all things lemony and delicious lemon recipes, and is currently editor of lifestyle and polo magazine ‘Fifth Chukker’. Her English-Cypriot heritage has inspired her love for travel, culture and cuisines of the world.
A third generation Kenyan-Indian, Chef Anita Kerai arrived in the UK at the young age of 21. After a successful career as an accountant, in 2017, she decided to follow her heart and dedicate her time to food. Anita's foremost passions are cooking, food and presenting culinary magic on TV. She has also published a book, 'Flavours of Kenya', where she shares a variety of different delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes, which all take inspiration from Kenya.
As Steenberg Executive Chef, Kerry Kilpin is at the helm of the two restaurants on this landmark Constantia wine farm, appealing to all tastes from refined contemporary dining at Tryn to bistro-style fare and tapas at the popular Bistro Sixteen82. She describes her food as “contemporary classics with a twist” bursting with fresh seasonal flavours.
Kate is a Sony European Imaging Ambassador and specialises in photography and videography of food and the people behind it. Alongside running Food byLumiere (www.foodbylumiere.co.uk) and KHS Photography (www.katehs.com) she educates and mentors fellow photographers through Training byLumiere (www.trainingbylumiere.co.uk).
Hailing from the rugged Canadian island of Newfoundland, Chef Erin is a Native American of the Mi’kmaq Qalipu Tribe. Her quest to understand international cuisine took her to the island of Taiwan and then to Dubai, where she was formally trained in classic French culinary techniques. She currently lives in Abu Dhabi, where she has worked for the Canadian hotelier, Fairmont, and at the British culinary superstar Chef Marco Pierre White’s restaurant.
Chef Sandra Makary studied Pharmacy and then Nutrition, but found the most happiness and passion in the kitchen. Using her medical background along with the cooking techniques she studied at different culinary schools around the world (mainly le Cordon Blue and Monappetit Academy in Egypt) she began to develop healthy recipes, which one can happily enjoy without gaining the extra pounds.
Chef Susie Mandleberg, originally from Staffodshire and now based in London, has been working at St Clements Café in Parsons Green for some time. She specializing in putting together simple, rustic food with bold flavours and posts all her creations on Instagram. Having gained a wide following she continues to create new, seasonal recipes and share these with her followers.
Chef Francesco is from Sardinia, a beautiful island in the South of Italy. He has a background in cooking, having spent 7 years as a Chef in Italy, Australia and London. He is now a Senior Teaching Chef for some of the top cookery schools in London. For Chef Francesco, being Italian, Italian cuisine is his passion. He has a developed, rustic Italian cooking style based on memories from his childhood – cooking with his Nonna, working on the farm and fishing with his Granddad.
Kerri is a cook from the West of Ireland- making her Irish to the core! She grew up on a farm, and married a Devon lad, before moving to London in 2010. Her brother-in-law Matt has a few hens in the West Country, and she uses the eggs as much as possible because they are the most gorgeous! Kerri launched Very Kerri in 2013, and its focus is on feeding followers inspiration for dining out in London and entertaining at home, through interactive food maps, honest restaurant reviews and insightful blog posts.
Rachel Muse isn't just an ordinary Chef- she's a Performance Chef. With over 20 years experience of cooking for UHNW and HNW clients in their own homes, and qualifications as a Chef & Pastry Chef, she has an enviable CV. She is the founder of Talk Eat Laugh, a luxury catering company that includes a successful Pop Up Restaurant. For Chef Rachel, luxury isn't things, its experiences, and Talk Eat Laugh has been providing memorable luxury events and wowing clients with fabulous food since the '90's. Her sister company, Discreet & Delicious, provides ultra discreet, private chefs for individuals who chose to have the very best fresh, healthy, food served to them in their own homes, and as a result Chef Rachel has considerable experience cooking for elite athletes, and works hand in hand with a nutritionist to make sure nutritious food is also delicious.
Chef Zola Nene's culinary career spans over 10 years, and started during her 2 year study gap in the UK. She started out as a hot section chef, then as a head pastry chef in Cheshire during her stint, before returning home to South Africa, where she immediately enrolled at the Institution of Culinary Arts. She has worked as a catering manager, and as a Food stylist on Expresso morning Show, and has also worked as the resident Chef both on and off air until December 2017. In 2019, Chef Zola's cooking show called "Celeb Feasts with Zola" debuted, and she also appeared as a judge on The Great South African Bake Off, a guest finale judge on My Kitchen Rules South Africa and the Cast of Wedding Bashers.
After graduating with a BA and Mst in History Alice Pilkington went on to qualify as a TEFL teacher in Rome in 2011 and worked there for six months. She taught in various language schools before moving to Istanbul for three and a half years. She eventually decided to return to the UK, and after attending Le Cordon Bleu for three months and gaining a Diploma in Gastronomy, Nutrition and Food Trends, she has dabbled in many different areas of the industry as a food stylist assistant, an Assistant Manager of Urban Pantry, and as a full-time teacher at the Jamie Oliver Cookery School, where Dimo and her first met.
Based in the South East near Brighton, Georgia Strait, known by her followers as the Vegan Pixie, is a massive foodie that loves to share her passion for plant-based food on Instagram. She lets her followers know her opinion on new supermarket and small company product releases as well as reviewing new vegan dishes available at restaurants. Aside from food she loves all things travel and fashion and share vlogs and videos over on her YouTube channel. Make sure to head over to her Instagram @veganpixie_ & YouTube channel (Georgia Skye) to follow along with her adventures.
Originally from Yorkshire, Master Baker Kevan Roberts has over three decades of experience in the baking industry, from artisan bakeries to new product development. He has been a technical advisor on "The Apprentice" and has guested on the BBC "The Price of Bread". He is now building and teaching bakery workshops at Breadahead Bakery School in the heart of Borough Market, London. He is also the author of "Baking Sourdough", a book taking readers through the complete formation of a sourdough loaf and more.
Tristan Rutherford is a five-times award winning journalist who contributes to The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Brought up in the Bahamas, at the age of five his parents blew his illusions by moving to the British Midlands. Tristan relocated to the French Riviera in his early twenties, and has also been based in Shanghai, Istanbul and New York.
Jane Sarchet is a farmer’s daughter, a food writer, photographer, recipe creator and the founder of The Hedgecombers, a blog and YouTube channel which she shares with her online community of real food adventurers. Jane created The Hedgecombers in 2008, writing about her rural life, idyllic location and creating recipes using real food ingredients. The blog has developed into a community of over 170,000 followers and Jane records her adventures on her YouTube channel of the same name. Jane champions simple ingredients, foraging wild foods, traditional cooking methods, buying local produce and supporting compassionate farming practices.
Cat has been teaching cookery for more than ten years, previously running a cookery school in Berkshire for Mike Robinson on Game and Wild Food which opened in 2007. Later she moved on to work for the Children’s Food Trust on the Let’s Get Cooking programme, which trained and set up over 7,000 cookery clubs across England, reaching over 3 million children. Cat also specialises in making beautiful wedding and celebration cakes. In 2008 she was asked by a friend to make a spectacular 4 tier wedding cake, which was such a success, she has gone on to make hundreds more for very happy clients, including a number of A-list celebrities.
Amy-Jo Simpson is a professional TV and corporate presenter specializing in fitness, food and adventure. Amy-Jo is also into her third year presenting for The Royal Air Force at all UK airshows during the summer months which she absolutely loves. In the past she has presented for QVC UK, Thane TV and Unibet amongst others. As well as this, she travels the globe hosting at corporate events introducing main speakers or hosting fun quiz shows to the delegates.
Kelly was classically trained at the Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London. Since qualifying as a chef, she has worked in the private sector in the South of France making the most of local markets and the artisanal way of cooking, slowing it down and appreciating the food and how its prepared.Since returning home to the UK, she has spent time in some of the best kitchens and with the most influential chefs, including The River Cottage, who are leading the way for sustainable, seasonal and organic produce. She loves to use seasonality, local produce with international techniques and flavours.
Simon has worked in traditional butcher shops since he was thirteen- that’s 25 years behind the block. Butchery has over that time has gone through some major changes, and Simon has always been open to learning new methods and following food trends- he often refers to his coined term of 'Traditional butchery with modern twists’. Nowadays, with climate change ever in the headlines, Simon puts himself forward to try and convey a voice from butchers like himself, who believe in sustainability and repairing our climate, vouching for natural farming and butchery.
Baking has always been a passion for Maia from her childhood which made her pursue a career in the culinary industry as a pastry chef. From a home baker to a Head Pastry Chef at hotels and production houses such as Marriott, TGP Group and Pro Bake, she has done it all to learn and improve her skills & knowledge. Her career highlight includes working under the Michelin starred chef Thomas Muller in Georgia as a Head Pastry Chef which pushed her to go further and explore more in the world of patisserie.
Renato Correia and Helene Vaerlien started their coffee company with the solid determination to bring a high quality, varied taste experience to the Cape Town coffee scene. Having been inspired by Nordic principles of roasting, they set about sourcing and creating relationships with farmers. Forward thinking Helene Vaerlien and Renato Correia have pushed Espresso Lab to the forefront of cafe innovation.
Food photographer Giulia Verdinelli is here to show you how to follow your dreams of becoming a food photographer. Having photographed for National Geographic, Lidl, Tesco and Franco Manca to name a few, she's full of industry expertise and knowledge. Her goal is to keep growing and developing her skills whilst telling culinary stories and sharing her passion for food through photography.
Ian Woodley is the Finance Guy- who also happens to be a huge foodie. As the founder of the Finance Kitchen, Woodley has made a business recognising and helping London's food entrepreneurs.
PickyWops is a modern Italian concept. What makes PickyWops different is not only the variety of doughs served, which are all unique in colors, flavors and textures, but that the PickyWops concept is also about welcoming all communities, regardless of their background, opinions or colors. PickyWops aims to bring everyone together and immerse itself in the community, just like the wops, their Italian ancestors that emigrated to London in search of a dream.