April 25, 2011
Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa; born March 10, 1949 is a celebrity chef and restaurateur known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with South American (Peruvian and Argentine) ingredients. His signature dish is black cod in miso.
Nobu was born in Saitama, Japan. When he was six years old, his father died in a traffic accident and he and his two older brothers were raised by his mother. After graduating from high school, he worked at the restaurant Matsue Sushi in Shinjuku, Tokyo for seven years, and was invited by a regular customer who was a Peruvian entrepreneur of Japanese descent to open a Japanese restaurant in Peru.
Claus Meyer was born on 27 December 1963 in Nykøbing-Falster (South of Zealand). He graduated from Nykøbing-Falster Cathedral School in 1983 and after a year as an au pair in France he went to Copenhagen where he completed cand.merc international (BLC/Sprøk) specialising in business start-up and business development.
For more than 20 years, Claus Meyer has been pointing out shortcomings and possibilities within the Danish food culture. Through food policy business, lectures, participation in the public food debate and his TV-programmes and cookbooks he has tried to show the way to a higher quality of food and meals.
Franck Pontais is a chef traiteur, Charcutier and Butcher who really enjoys sharing his passion with the catering industry and the retail sector, as well as teaching in culinary schools and demonstrating for different corporations.
In his Persuit to continue learning and advance his skills further Frank worked for Harrods and Selfridges in variouse culinery roles, most notably at Selfridges where he launched the Traiteur Department in Manchester, Frank is also well known from the BBC Ready Steady Cook Programe. Most recently Franck won Iron Chef UK in December 2010. Franck also demonstrated cookery using Singapore Food Products in 2010 at Paris.
Nigel Brown was born in Bridlington, East Yorkshire on 25th June 1966, the youngest son of parents who have spent a lifetime in the Hotel and Catering industry. It is not surprising then, that Nigel, having grown up in this environment, should follow in their footsteps. From his teenage years Nigel spent much of his time "learning the ropes" at their family restaurant, then known as "The Four Winds", a sizeable conference and banqueting centre near Driffield, East Yorkshire. His formal catering training started when at 16 he spent 2 years at Hull College, 2 at Scarborough and a year each at Grimsby and Beverley College.
Nigel has regularly appeared on BBC Radio Humberside's morning show giving hints, tips and recipe advice. During his career he's worked at some of the UK's biggest and busiest hotels and competed in many national competitions including the London Hotelympia Salon Culinaire competitions and also won a place in the Forte's Chef of the Year competition.
Celebrity chef Zipora is a world-class gourmet chef and scientific food coach who is pioneering a groundbreaking approach to healthy cooking. Her impressive resume includes being the personal chef of some of the most notable celebrities in Hollywood including Mariah Carey, Pierce Brosnan, and Scarlett Johansson, just to name a few. Furthermore, she has also been the personal chef of celebrity athletes such as Donovan McNabb of the Washington Redskins.
Ian Matfin was born in Newcastle and learned basic cookery skills at an early age from his mum and gran. He started his cooking career at the city’s Country House Hotel and didn’t look back, going on to cook at the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the north-east at the time, Newcastle’s 21 Queen Street. From there Ian worked at a number of prestigious London restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s Claridge’s and Aubergine and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.
After a career in the commercial world, Kumud Gandhi went on to pursue her life-long ambition of working with food by re-training in food science. She now runs a very successful Cooking Academy and catering company The Saffron House. Often called upon to provide expert comment for national print media, radio and television, Kumud is a natural broadcaster and her work is widely published throughout the country. She offers a unique insight into the diverse world of cooking and a very grounded understanding of the nutritional and medicinal value of foods.
In April 2009, stunning canapés created by Kumud debuted in a sophisticated cocktail party scene on our TV screens alongside actors Ray Winston and Parminder Nagra in the compelling ITV drama “Compulsion”. Kumud has also worked closely with Fashion TV and recently catered for the launch of “The World’s Most Expensive Suit”. She is currently leading Britain’s Biggest Curry Party, a campaign to raise awareness for the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer.
Simon Rimmer (born 5 May 1963) is the resident chef on BBC2's Something for the Weekend, which first aired on Sunday 8 October 2006, and is also the face of cooking video website, Eat The Chef. Simon Rimmer became known for the innovative vegetarian food of his Manchester restaurant Greens, which opened in 1990. He went on to open Earle, a modern brasserie in Cheshire, in 2006, with business partners including his wife, friends, footballer Jason McAteer and football agent Dave Lockwood.
Simon's television career began on lifestyle channel Granada Breeze. He has since appeared in and presented many BBC programmes but is probably most famous as the face of Something for the Weekend. Simon has a degree in fashion and textile design, and, when not busy with cooking and television, continues to freelance as a textile designer and ceramic decorator.
William Todd English (born August 29, 1960) is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, entrepreneur, and television personality based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He is best known for his restaurant, Olives, located in both Boston, Massachusetts, and Las Vegas, Nevada and his TV cooking show, Food Trip with Todd English, on PBS.
English's first restaurant, Olives, opened in Charlestown, Massachusetts in April 1989. The food is "rustic Mediterranean," with a strong influence from Italian cuisine. The restaurant was named Best New Restaurant by Boston magazine, and has been honored as Best Food and Top Table by Gourmet magazine.
Emeril Lagasse received his first culinary experience from his mother, Hilda, when he was a boy growing up in the small town of Fall River, Massachusetts. As a teenager, he worked at a Portuguese bakery where he mastered the art of bread and pastry baking. Upon high school graduation, Lagasse was offered a full scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music, but decided to pursue a career as a professional chef.
He earned a degree from the respected culinary fortress, Johnson and Wales University, and later received an honorary Doctorate degree from the university. Lagasse then traveled to Paris and Lyon where he polished his skills and learned the art of classic French cuisine. Lagasse is now the chef-proprietor of 12 restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, Gulfport and Bethlehem.
Sandra Lee (born Sandra Lee Christiansen on July 3, 1966) has a passion for simple solutions that create dramatic results in all areas of home life. She is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine, the host of two highly rated television shows on Food Network (the multi-Emmy-nominated Semi-Homemade Cooking With Sandra Lee and Sandra’s Money Saving Meals) and the host of Sandra Lee Celebrates, a series of primetime specials on HGTV. Sandra Lee is also a New York Times bestselling author with 23 books to her credit including the 2011 spring release of the Sandra Lee Bake Sale Cookbook.