Pam is chef and co-owner of Inver Restaurant on Scotland’s remote west coast. Pam’s 20-year food career bounces from academia to kitchens and back again; from remote Scottish islands to Scandinavia, via London, Belgium and France. After an aborted philosophy degree, Pam started cooking. Nine years later she returned to university to gain a masters in food policy, followed by four years of food charity and campaign work, learning to think again about restaurants and their role in the world. Pam and her partner, Rob Latimer, came home to open Inver in March 2015. The restaurant unites their combined skills and creativity to inspiring effect; Inver opened to critical acclaim and has been listed among the UK’s top restaurants ever since.
Grace Dent is the presenter of Best of British by the Sea for Channel 4, as well as the award-nominated Comfort Eating podcast for the Guardian, where stars like Stephen Fry and Russell Tovey discuss their snacking habits. She is a regular face on BBC1’s MasterChef. Her memoir, Hungry, won the Lakeland Book Awards and the Fortnum & Mason’s Food Book prize. Grace Dent is restaurant critic for the Guardian.
Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn
Samantha and Shauna started Hangfire almost 10 years ago after a six-month BBQ pilgrimage to the southern US states. They’ve since gone on to be lead ambassadors for outdoor cooking in the UK. The pair have won many awards for their sustainable, ethical cooking, a highlight being previous winners of the OFM Award for Best Restaurant in 2018. They are also winners of Slow Food UK Best Restaurant and Best Street Food at the BBC Food and Farming Awards. They host Sam and Shauna’s Big Cookout on the BBC, wrote best selling Hangfire cookbook and regularly contribute to national food and drink publications.
Ravneet is an author, pastry chef and founder of Countertalk – a job service and community that promotes healthy work environments in the food industry. She is also a judge on Channel 4’s Junior Bake Off.
Angela is one of the UK’s best-loved chefs and restaurateurs. After starting out in the kitchens at Aubergine, Zafferano, L’Oranger and Petrus, Angela became head chef at Petrus within seven months, helping the restaurant to achieve a Michelin star. In 2007, she was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry, and the following year opened her own restaurant, Murano, in London’s Mayfair, which holds a Michelin star. Angela opened the acclaimed Cafe Murano in St James in 2013 and there are now three in London. Earlier this year, Angela was awarded an OBE for services to the hospitality industry and to the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tom is the award-winning and celebrated chef of the two-Michelin starred pub The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, as well as The Coach, Kerridge’s Bar & Grill in London, The Bull & Bear in Manchester and Kerridge’s Fish & Chips at Harrods. A favourite across TV screens up and down the country, he is the author of nine best-selling cookbooks and the founder of the hugely successful food and music festival Pub in the Park. More recently, he campaigned alongside Marcus Rashford to help end child hunger in the UK with Full Time meals. Tom is also head judge on BBC One’s Great British Menu.
Jeremy joined Quo Vadis in Soho in 2012 as chef proprietor. He had previously manned the stoves of Blueprint Café at Sir Terence Conran’s Design Museum, and has worked with the chefs Simon Hopkinson and Alastair Little. Originally from Dundee, Jeremy came from a family where home cooking of a high order was daily fare. His parents and grandmother taught him the mysteries of finding good produce through good shopping. He applies this to the menus at Quo Vadis, where the cooking is bright, fresh and quintessentially British in a manner most modern.
James is head of product development for fresh food at M&S. He has worked in the business for 11 years, leading the development and culinary teams in Fresh Foods and working on high-profile projects and range launches for M&S, such as “Our Best Ever”, “Plant Kitchen” and market-leading Christmas and seasonal product launches. Previously to M&S, he worked as a chef for 20 years, gaining experience at elite hotels and restaurants including Claridge’s, The Ritz and Mosimann’s, as well as stints spent working in France, Switzerland and New York. James also has extensive experience in both taking part and judging culinary competitions and awards.
Andi is host of Great British Menu and Sky Arts’ Book Club Live, as well as C4’s Beat the Chef and Food Unwrapped. She also appears on Saturday Kitchen, is a regular panel member on Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet and a contributor to The Food Programme. In 2020, she launched her newest food project entitled Wadadli Kitchen, which showcases real Caribbean home cooking. Wadadli pop-ups took place throughout summer 2020, including a pop-up at Somerset House, and an offshoot of the Wadadli brand, called One Love, which Andi created alongside Fred Siriex.
Jay is the Observer’s restaurant critic and a feature writer. He presents The Kitchen Cabinet for Radio 4, is a judge on MasterChef and is the host of the Out To Lunch podcast. He has published 12 books, the most recent of which is Chewing the Fat, a collection of his OFM columns.
Emily is director and executive chef of Emily Scott Food in Watergate Bay in Cornwall, the county she champions throughout her cooking. When Cornwall hosted the G7 summit last year, Scott cooked for world leaders at the Eden Project. Before Watergate Bay, Emily ran the acclaimed St Tudy Inn in Bodmin and Harbour in Port Isaac. Her passion is for the connection between food, place and storytelling, showcased in her first cookbook, Sea & Shore, published in 2021.
With a global reputation as one of the masters of Indian fine dining, Vivek’s signature culinary style marries modern Indian flavours with Western techniques. He is the executive chef and CEO of five restaurants (The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen in Battersea and the City, and Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden and Dubai), author of six cookbooks and a regular face on both television and live cookery events across the country.
Nigel has been the Observer’s cookery writer for more than 20 years. His cookbooks, which include Appetite, Eat and The Kitchen Diaries, have won a host of awards and his autobiography, Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger, was adapted by BBC Films and starred Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore. It has also been adapted for the stage. His most recent TV series, Nigel Slater’s Middle East, was broadcast on BBC2 and his most recent book, A Cook’s Book, was published last year.
Gary trained in London under Andrew McLeish and Angela Hartnett before moving back to Chester to open Sticky Walnut. He has become one of Kickstarter’s most prolific advocates, using the platform to open a further five restaurants and a hub for the burgeoning events and “at home” business. He and the restaurants have collected various awards along the way, including AA Restaurant of the Year for Sticky Walnut and Restaurateur of the Year. This year brings a £2m fundraise on equity platform Crowdcube in April, for the launch of a new tapas restaurant and a pub outside Chester.
Andrew is an award-winning chef and anthropologist. British born of Chinese heritage, his environment and nurture have had an equal impact. Combined with a strong academic background, the marriage of both has led to a cooking style that has one foot placed firmly in the future and the other inspired by the past. Andrew opened A.Wong in 2012 with his wife, Nathalie – the “A” paying homage to his parents Albert and Annie – and the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in 2017. In 2021, A.Wong was awarded a second Michelin star, the first outside Asia to achieve this honour. He is also a research associate at the School of Oriental & African Studies’ Food Studies Centre in London.
Allan Jenkins, editor, Observer Food Monthly
Allan is editor of Observer Food Monthly. He was previously editor of the Observer Magazine, food and drink editor on the Independent newspaper, and once lived in an eco-community on Anglesey, growing organic food on the edge of the Irish sea. He is the author of Plot 29: A Memoir and Morning: How to make time, both published by Fourth Estate.
Gareth is deputy editor of Observer Food Monthly. He was formerly deputy editor of Observer Music Monthly.
Molly is a contributing editor at Observer Food Monthly and editor of OFM’s 20 Best recipe specials.