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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.
8 years in the travel industry has allowed Craig to visit some amazing places all over the world. While some people want to immerse themselves in scenery and culture, Craig’s passion has always been learning about the cuisine. From the best pizza in the USA to learning how to make pasta in a remote village in Northern Italy with Mama Ulga - his love and passion for food has only grown from there. Craig has quickly gone from the guy that orders a pizza over the phone to the guy whose friends call him to cook for them. Constantly learning new skills and spending time pushing himself to make better dishes, Craig is inspired by TV chefs such as Roi Choi, Matty Matheson and David Chung.
In 2014, an idea of just a gap year working somewhere, turned into an experience of a lifetime. Introduced by din to the hospitality industry as a barback, Enji curiously and passionately ventured into the craft of becoming a liquid chef. Here at Farzi Cafe, those ventures are facilitated by the luxury of their laboratory and equipment. Enji works closely with Din to cultivate a style of cocktail making that is all about extracting flavours in particular ways and combining them in a manner that offers a balanced, easy drinking and elegant drink, which is almost too easy to reorder.
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.
Arbinder Singh Dugal has been working in the hospitality industry for the past 14 years. Arbinder originally studied a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Diploma in Culinary Arts and Kitchen Administration at the Insitiute of Hotel Management in Aurangabad. He then started working as an Indian Chef in Mumbai’s Marriott Hotel for four years. Here he honed his skills as an Indian comis chef and assisted in the opening of a new restaurant in the hotel called Nawab Sahed, with renowned Indian culinary legend Jiggs Kalra. He has worked with Sat Bains (1 Michelin Star at the time) and at the Waterside Inn (3 Michelin Stars). In 2017 Arbinder got his first role as Head Chef at Hawkyns in Amersham where he has continued to develop his chefing style. Arbinder was a semi-finalist in MasterChef The Professional UK in 2019.
Jacqui Sterry is the founder of Mice en Place, an independently owned catering and hospitality recruitment agency that matches businesses and candidates within the hospitality industry. Founded in 1997, Jacqui has over 20 years of experience looking at CVs and job descriptions so she knows what makes a candidate really stand out. Jacqui is a mother to three teens and currently lives in Brighton. She previously trained as a photographer before moving over to consulting and ultimately starting her own business. She has previously also lived in Barcelona and Brazil, is passionate about travel, good food and living by the sea.
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.