Born in Torre del Greco, Naples, in southern Italy, Gino inherited his grandfather's love of cooking and studied at the Luigi de Medici Catering College. Gino appears regularly on TV, most recently in Gino's Italian Escape and Let's Do Lunch with Gino and Mel, and as a resident chef on ITV's This Morning.
DAVID DALEY is of Jamaican parentage and grew up in Coventry, West Midlands working in the family catering business (Gwen's Catering with his mother Gwendolyn, father Lyndon, and his siblings). David passion's for Caribbean food and culture has been inspired by his parents' cooking and frequent visits to the Caribbean to see family and friends. David is the proprietor of Roti Kitchen, Caribbean caterers specializing in events and outside catering (www.rotikitchen.com and www.facebook.com/rotikitchen).
Gwen was born in Mandeville, Jamaica and was first noticed for her culinary excellence at the aged of 12 when she won a baking competition at her local school. This earned her a scholarship (specialising in cookery) for a college in Montego Bay.Gwen moved to the UK in the early 1960's and settled in the West Midlands. With the help of her family Gwen ran her own Caribbean catering company for over 40 years. Gwen is now retired, but continues to run a cookery club for adults and children in her local community.
Gregor Dallas is an acclaimed historian of the ending of wars. He is the author of 1815: The Roads to Waterloo, 1918: WAR AND PEACE, POISONED PEACE: 1945 - THE WAR THAT NEVER ENDED, and has written as well on Paris (METROSTOP PARIS), rural life in France, and on Clemenceau. Educated in Britain and the USA, he now lives near Paris.
Andrew Dargue and Donna Conroy founded Vanilla Black in York in 2004, before relocating the restaurant to London in 2008. The restaurant is now recognised as one of the best vegetarian establishments in the country and is recommended in the Michelin Guide.
Katie Quinn Davies
Katie Quinn Davies began her career as a graphic designer; then in 2009 decided to refocus her creative energies on food photography, and What Katie Ate, the blog, was born. It has since become an internet phenomenon, with a huge readership both in Australia and the United States. When she's not travelling the world eating great food and meeting provedores and producers, Katie works from her Sydney home, shooting all her food photography in natural light, and updating her blog with a variety of new and seasonal recipes.www.whatkatieate.com@WhatKatieAte
Anna del Conte
Anna Del Conte is one of the greatest living experts on Italian food. Born in Milan, she read History and Philosophy before leaving for London in 1949 where she quickly became the first cookery writer in England to specialise in Italian food. Both Nigella and Delia cite her as their favourite Italian food writer and her culinary expertise has been acknowledged with countless awards.
Co-author of Fresh Eggs Don't Float, Lara DePetrillo has been learning to cook since becoming a mother, and has found a love of trying new things and rediscovering comfort foods.
Trish Deseine is originally from Ireland and has been living in France for 25 years. Since being approached by Hachette to write her first cookbook, Petits Plats entre Amis, in 2000, her unabashed love of eating and cooking, with a penchant for chocolate, has made her one of France and Ireland's best loved food writers. She has published over 15 books in English and French which have won many awards, sold hundreds of thousands of copies and been translated into many languages, and presented three RTE TV cookery series which have broadcast by BBC Lifestyle worldwide. Trish has written for ELLE France, Image Ireland, Le Fooding, Wallpaper, The Guardian and The Observer Food Monthly and contributes regularly to The Irish Times. In 2010 she was named one of French Vogue's 50 Women of the decade.
Naomi Devlin is a nutritionist, fermentista and foodie. She has taught at River Cottage for 6 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
Kris Dhillon writes with the authority of an accomplished Indian restaurateur. With many years of experience and thousands of satisfied customers she is still flattered by the popularity of her recipes and by the volume of interest and debate they continue to provoke.Her book, The Curry Secret, is widely acknowledged as the Holy Grail of curry cook books.
John Dickie is Professor of Italian Studies at University College London and an internationally recognised expert on many aspects of Italian history. In 2005 he was awarded the title Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana. He is the author of five books, including DELIZIA! which won the special commendation André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards, and in France was voted food book of the year in RTL/Lire magazine's prestigious poll. COSA NOSTRA, his history of the Sicilian mafia, has been translated into twenty-one languages, has sold over 750,000 copies, and won the Crime Writers' Association Award for Non-Fiction.
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.
Difford's Guide was established in 2001 and is now recognised internationally as the world's cocktail expert. It is the author of an exhaustive cocktails website, and the well-known Difford's Guide Cocktails Encyclopaedia.
Leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both Taste Good and Do You Good.When Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first restaurant, on London's Carnaby Street in July 2004, their aim was to change the face of fast food. Six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner). There are now nine restaurants serving over 50,000 people a week.
Rocco DiSpirito entered the Culinary Institute of America at the age of sixteen, and at eighteen began working with legendary chefs worldwide. The James Beard award-winning chef opened the 3-star Union Pacific in New York City where he established his culinary credentials. He was named Food & Wine's Best New Chef and was the first chef to grace the cover of Gourmet as "America's Most Exciting Young Chef". DiSpirito stars in his own syndicated TV show, Now Eat This with Rocco DiSpirito and has a weekly Associated Press column called Now Eat This! He is the author of nine cookbooks, including the New York Times bestselling Now Eat This! Diet and Now Eat This! Italian.
Dan Doherty is Executive Chef at Duck & Waffle, London's first upscale 24-hour restaurant. In 2013 Dan became a weekly contributor to The Independent's 'Dish of the Day', where he now blogs about being a chef, the industry, recipes and more and recently joined Olive magazine as a columnist. His achievements have been honoured in the form of prestigious awards and accolades, including the title of Rising Star Chef, which he received at the 2013 Tatler Restaurant Awards. His first book, Duck & Waffle: Recipes & Stories, was selected as one of the cookbooks of 2014 by Observer Food Monthly, Mail on Sunday and Red Magazine.
Dan Doherty is Executive Chef at Duck & Waffle, London's first upscale 24-hour restaurant. In 2013 Dan became a weekly contributor to The Independent's 'Dish of the Day', where he now blogs about being a chef, the industry, recipes and more and recently joined Olive magazine as a columnist. His achievements have been honoured in the form of prestigious awards and accolades, including the title of Rising Star Chef, which he received at the 2013 Tatler Restaurant Awards. His first book, The Duck & Waffle Cookbook, was selected as one of the cookbooks of 2014 by Observer Food Monthly and Red Magazine.
MONTY DON is the presenter of the phenomenally popular BBC programme, Gardeners' World, aided by Nigel. They both live in Herefordshire where Monty gardens and Nigel catches tennis balls.@TheMontyDon
Monty Don is one of Britain's leading garden writers and broadcasters. He has presented numerous gardening programmes on television including a five year stint as lead presenter of BBC's Gardener's World and Around the World in 80 Gardens. He has published 12 books including The Complete Gardener, The Jewel Garden (with his wife Sarah) and Growing Out of Trouble which describes his attempts to establish a small holding growing organic vegetables with local drug addicts. He was gardening correspondent for the Observer for 12 years and now writes for the Daily Mail. He is an organic farmer as well as gardener and is President of The Soil Association.