Manju Malhi

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Manju Malhi is a TV chef and author of five cookbooks.  Born in England to Indian parents, Manju grew up in London surrounded by Indian culture, traditions and lifestyles.  She also spent several years of her childhood in India where she discovered and embraced the varied cuisines of the sub-continent. Her cooking is a combination of Indian tradition married with European practicalities, creating her own unique genre of food, Brit-Indi. Her first book was the acclaimed Brit Spice. No stranger to TV in the UK and abroad, Manju filmed a 40-part television series introducing British cuisine to India, Cooking isn't Rocket Science, seen by over 800 million viewers in India. 

 

Manju’s other books include India with Passion, Classic Indian Recipes the Easy Indian Cookbook and her current publication Everyday Healthy Indian Cookery. Work in the media has encompassed BBC, ITV, Sony, Zee TV, NDTV, Sky and radio appearances. In addition to writing and developing recipes for food brands, she loves teaching at Open Age where the elderly come and cook simple dishes using herbs and spices

while having fun and at Heston West where she educates children who haven’t heard of or used fresh ingredients.  She regularly hosts cookery theatres and culinary demonstrations extolling simple healthy home cooking, where health issues in particular diabetes, heart disease and obesity are ever present.  She is currently developing a new ground-breaking health focused cookbook.  

Mridula Baljekar

Mridula Baljekar grew up handling, eating and sharing spicy food.  She describes her grandmother’s kitchen as ‘an Aladdin’s cave with colourful spices in glass jars smiling at you’.   Inspired, Mridula has created her own hauntingly fragrant dishes using her own spice jars.  She started delving into the intriguing world of spices when she was offered a job as an Indian cookery teacher at her local adult education college.  She enjoyed creating recipes based on the memories of her mother and grandmother’s kitchens.  Her students were delighted with the recipes and encouraged her to write a cookbook.   Her first book, The Complete Indian Cookbook was launched, which sold over a million copies worldwide. Mridula went on to become a Consultant to Tesco, advising and devising chilled Indian ready meals which led to live food demonstrations and appearances. Mridula has presented 52 cookery shows on TV; she has cooked for royalty, politicians and celebrities and has published 27 cookery books.  

Steve Best
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Steve has spent a tremendous amount of time not only in front of the mic entertaining those who’ve flocked to see him as a well-established comedian working around the world with the likes of Frank Skinner, Craig Charles and Omid Djalili, but also patiently waiting in the wings as a photographer.  He has photographed over a 1000 comedians doing their stuff, all the angst, the sweat, and the glory of it has been caught by Steve’s acute lens.  He is friends with and trusted by them, enabling him to encapsulate, forever, some of the funniest people on earth.  He has published two books of photography; Joker Face and Comedy Snapshot and is working on a third.  His photography currently adorns the walls of The Observatory Gallery in London, the exhibition, Comedians: Back to Front was highlighted by the Guardian as ‘one of the five best exhibitions in the last year’.  His work encompasses famous portraits, advertising, documentary and live performance.  He lives in London with his wife and family and is said to be able to speak Serbo-Croatian, apparently something to do with his wife hailing from the former Yugoslavia.       

Amanda Garnham

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Amanda has been writing for as long as she can remember, both for her career as Press Attaché for Armagnac, France’s oldest brandy, and fiction for the younger reader.   She loves animals and is most comfortable surrounded by nature from where she has drawn inspiration for her children’s stories and illustrations creating a charming, entertaining and timeless world.

The lead educator for the Armagnac Academy Programme, Amanda has travelled far and wide educating and spreading the Armagnac word.  An Armagnac Musketeer since 2010, she is also a proud liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers and obtained the Freedom of the City of London in February.  Most recently she was honoured as a Knight of the Jenever Guild in Holland.

Born in England, Amanda now lives in an old stone farmhouse in rural southwest France surrounded by fields and vines, where she has been since 1997.  She has numerous chickens, five cats, four horses, four children, one granddaughter, a Jack Russell called Nora and once had a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.

Phillipa Vincent-Connolly

Phillipa Vincent-Connolly is an historian, author, educator, historical consultant and a disabled broadcaster with cerebral palsy.   As an academic she has written extensively on disability throughout history and is a recognised expert on the Tudor and Victorian periods, working as a consultant on historical dramas.  She is interested in both physical and learning disability encompassing royal and ordinary people's lives - the subjects of her latest publications.  She is also an expert on clothing of the Tudor period.   Phillipa is a public speaker and regularly lectures online.  She has written seven historical fiction and factual books with an eighth coming out in 2021.

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Ashwani Kumar

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Ashwani Kumar is a multi-award-winning chef of international acclaim. Known for his authentic and innovative menus, he has 25 years of experience having worked his way up from a commis in India to an international Executive Chef.  Ashwani was scouted by the Taj Hotel group once he had qualified at the Panipat Institute, India.  He is now the Executive Chef at the Baylis Restaurant and the Mango Lounge, Windsor and Consultant Chef for Masaani Restaurant, having previously worked at the Cinnamon Club and with the Oberoi Hotel group and the Taj Hotel group.  Ashwani has won numerous awards for his cutting-edge modern Indian food, including Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and International Chef of the Year.  A highly respected creative in the food industry, Ashwani is known most for distinctive inventive flair and his contemporary Indian take on the classic Prawn Cocktail. 

Robert Hisee

Known as THE HYPNOTIST MAN, Robert has been changing people’s lives for over 10 years.

Using his unique blend of hypnotherapy and well renowned Unconscious Mind Therapy, Robert has become well known in his field and a recognised face in the press and media throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the World.

Based in London, Robert has practises throughout the UK including in Kent, London, Essex and Surrey and can visit clients in the comfort of their own home.

Robert Hisee has empowered many people through his audio, video and training sessions, providing an intense insight into Unconscious Mind Therapy (U.M.T) and showcasing the remarkable results you can achieve through the power of the mind.

He founded The Foot Soldiers charity, to improve lives further feeding the homeless and less privileged people who are living in rough conditions. In the words of The Hypnotist Man himself ‘It’s my dream in this world to help as many people as I can’.

The Hypnotist Man is also available for stage hypnosis performances and shows, allowing Robert to show off the more fun and playful

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side to hypnosis. For example, The Hypnotist Man was present at Denise Welch’s wedding where he was let loose at the star-studded bash to entertain guests with his award-winning hypnosis skills. At one point hypnotising Shobna Gulat from Coronation Street/Loose Women for fun, making her forget her own name and sticking her hand to the wall.

James Masters 

James Masters is a fresh new talented writer who has a wit and style to match his charm.  James has a background in marketing and copywriting and knows his audience.   Having had a short story published he has embarked on a novel about the misadventures of an embarrassingly middle class and painfully lovesick millennial travelling around India – a male Bridget Jones for his generation.

Robert Shepherd

Bobby is a writer, journalist, author and radio broadcaster who has covered a range of sectors over the years. Having cut his teeth on a south London newspaper, he has since covered business, TV, radio and technology for national newspapers and magazines. A regular traveller prior to becoming a doting father, Bobby has written three travel guides on Italy and broadcasts on a French radio station.

 

His mother moved to east London from Burma, now Myanmar, when she was a teenager and the Burmese influence on the family, especially through food, was strong.

 

Away from the keyboard and microphone, Bobby enjoys playing chess, pétanque, guitar, piano and walking Biscuit, the family dog. He is also an avid viewer of foreign dramas.

Zoey Goto

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Zoey Goto is a journalist exploring fashion, travel, lifestyle and mid-century pop culture genres appearing on the pages of GQ, GQ Style, Esquire, The Times and The Independent.  Her first book, Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits was published in July 2016 by Libri to great acclaim. She has had book signings at Waterstones in London and at Elvis’ favourite tailoring house: Lansky Bros store in Memphis, Tennessee and has appeared in various media including The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and BBC Radio discussing her work in depth. Her second book, Vintage Style: Inside the Dapper World of Retro Enthusiasts was published in the spring of 2020, with a foreword by designer Wayne Hemingway OBE.  Zoey is currently working on her third book, examining the life and clothes of legendary Dolly Parton. She also has a documentary about fashion in music in development.  

Felice Hardy

Felice is a journalist and author who has covered diverse subjects ranging from travel and food to yacht charter and fashion. Earlier on in life, she studied for a foundation course at University of the Arts London followed by a degree in Illustration. It was by chance that she moved into journalism, when offered a job at Vogue magazine. This was followed by a period as deputy editor of a ski magazine. She has also co-written 18 travel guidebooks. 

As a travel writer, in recent years she has toured the world contributing to a variety of publications including The Guardian, The Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller, and British Airways High Life magazine. She co-edits the ski information website Welove2ski and hosts a successful new podcast called Action Packed Travel. Felice is currently working on a book based on a search for three generations of family secrets steeped in survivors’ guilt.

Chip Colquhoun

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Chip began writing early, really early, he had his first newspaper article published at the age of 9 and then went on to write numerous scripts whilst still at school.

But that was all for fun. Chip became a professional storyteller in 2007 and has since performed his engaging blend of traditional folklore and originality in 9 countries and counting. He’s now a regular at Glastonbury Festival, and has written the EU’s guidance on storytelling for schools (who though they’d have one of those), 5 theatrical productions supported by Arts Council England, and 3 books beginning with “Cambridgeshire Folk Tales for Children” in 2016.

Chip has collaborated with ITVs 100 Favourite Walks and the Roald Dahl’s estate and is now working on a book alongside award-winning illustrator Korky Paul on a collection of tales that inspired Dahl’s genius. He’s also working on his first thriller for adults.