Celebrity Chefs and Restauranteurs deliver not only great food, but highly entertaining speeches on a number of themes: Be it how they achieved success, how they built up their reputations and what makes them the men and women they are today.
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Chef, TV star, kitchen pin-up and co-owner of Soho oyster and champagne bar Randall & Aubin Ed has worked for some amazing people in some amazing places.
A former chef and cookery demonstrator, Lesleys lively personality makes her a popular television cook and a regular member of the team on Ready Steady Cook, and This Morning. In 2008 Lesley was the main presenter of Little Chefs.
TV Chef, Restaurateur and TV personality Aldo Zilli is a fantastic speaker
Lawrence Keogh is Head Chef at the renowned Roast restaurant located in London’s Borough Market where he is committed to sourcing the freshest and best produce for the restaurant’s daily menu. He has been in the restaurant trade for more than 20 years and has previously held the position of Head Chef at The Avenue, Bluebird and Quo Vadis, all in London.
A regular team member on Ready Steady Cook Paul runs the neighbourhood restaurant Cayenne in Belfast. Previously he ran the very successful Roscoff, which was voted Restaurant of the Year in the BBC Good Food Magazines 1996 Awards and where he was awarded Ireland’s first Michelin star.
Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc is acknowledeged as one of the finest chefs in the world. His exquisite cooking has received national and international guide to culinary excellence.
Arthur Potts Dawson
Arthur Potts Dawson is a talented chef, restauranteur, cookery writer and social entrepreneur.
Cyrus Todiwala MBE
The Proprietor and Executive Chef of London’s Café Spice Namaste, Cyrus Todiwala has over the years picked up a number of prestigious awards including British Curry Awards Industry Personality of the Year 2007 and Best Indian Chef in the UK.
Outstanding chef and Patron of Londons award winning Star of India restaurant Reza is a sparkling and flamboyant entertaining speaker and host. Exuding with confidence he totally inspires everyone he meets.
A true Italiophile, with a passion for Mediterranean cuisine, Theo is the owner and operator of his self titled restaurant, Theo Randall.
In 2003 James Tanner became the latest recruit to the ever-popular TV series Ready Steady Cook, joining the regular team of celebrity chefs on the BBC 2 show which now draws in close to 3 million viewers per episode. Since then he has become one of the most popular chefs around – he has appeared on Step up to the Plate (BBC1), Take on the Takeaway (BBC 2), Saturday Kitchen (BBC 1), Something for the Weekend (BBC 2) and he is currently filming a new series for BBC 2 called Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is, due for broadcast in April 2009.
Andi has presented a host of popular programmes such as CBBC 2, Children in Need, Live & Kicking and the Golden Globes as well appearing as a contestant on Dancing on Ice.
Antony Worrall Thompson
Celebrity chef Anthony Worral-Thompson is a TV presenter, speaker and awards host presented BBCs Saturday Kitchen for a number of years before moving on to ITV.
A hugely popular and influential figure on the UK culinary circuit, John Torode is best known as the straight-talking co-presenter and judge of BBCs MasterChef and for his well-established restaurant - Smiths of Smithfield.
Chef to the Royal Household, Colin’s fascinating stories about the ins and outs of a palace kitchen will leave you breathless at the extent of work required to run one of the oldest monarchies.
One of the victorious 2003 Rugby World Cup squad, Matt is also immediately recognised for his stirling efforts on the BBCs 2006 Strictly Come Dancing and as one of the team captains of A Question of Sport.
Tamasin Day-Lewis has gone on to establish herself as one of the finest TV chefs, journalists and writers and is best known for her cooking documentaries including ‘Tamasin’s Classics’ along with ‘Tamasin’s Weekends’ as well as through her regular contributions to magazines and newspapers.
TV Chef, Speaker, Event Host and presenter of BBC 1s hugely successful Saturday Kitchen James Martin also proved his worth as a dancer in Strictly Come Dancing in 2005.
Sophie is one of the UK’s youngest and top award winning Chefs. Combining great looks with passion and an enviable talent, she flies around to world to cook for singers, film stars and politicians and is equally at ease cooking an intimate meal for two as she is a banquet for sixty. Her books Easy Peasy and Home at 7, Dinner at 8 are out now.
Rob Rees MBE
Leading British Chef Rob Rees MBE AKA ‘The Cotswold Chef’ is the current chairman of The Schools Food Trust. Renowned for championing locally sourced produce at his headquarters in Cirencester where he has a renowned Cookery School and Food Centre, he is passionate about inspiring everyone in the revolution in British food.