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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.
Simon Braz was born in the UK to Portuguese parents. His love of cooking came from his grandmother and would go back “home” every year. After finishing college, he worked in many restaurants and found himself in Dorset on the Jurassic coast. Simon would take holidays from work to work in Michelin star restaurants such as The Hand and Flowers in Marlow and Gidleigh Park in Devon. After a few traveling trips to Asia, Simon wants to show you the Japanese cuisine that he has come to love.
Daniel spent 12 years working his way up the chef’s ladder in various kitchens around Surrey – from local cafes and independent pubs to fine dining restaurants – as well as embracing hobbies like growing his own vegetables and putting himself through the rigours of BBC’s Masterchef. He then decided it was time to get out of the kitchen and into event catering, private dining and supper clubs. Where possible, Britten uses only the finest artisans and local produce in his kitchen.
Look no further. Celia Brooks founded the original London food tour company “Gastrotours” in 2002. Celia founded and still runs the original tasting tour at the world famous Borough Market, based on years of experience and a deep passion for food and cooking. Celia’s experience extends from her professional inception as chef for film director Stanley Kubrick, through a career in writing 9 internationally published cookbooks, TV presenting, food consultancy and teaching. Celia’s most recent book was published by Murdoch Books in 2018, entitled “SuperVeg: The Joy & Power of the 25 Healthiest Vegetables on the Planet”.