May 18, 2011

Noel McMeel

Noel McMeel is an Irish chef who is executive head chef at Lough Erne Golf Resort and Hotel in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. He describes his cooking as "modern Irish cuisine". He studied at the Northern Ireland Hotel and Catering College before training in a number of restaurants, including working for the well known Irish Chef Paul Rankin. He then earned a scholarship to attend Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Following this he worked in a number of establishments, including the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. and Chez Panisse in San Francisco. He opened his own restaurant Trompets in the late 1990s.

Silvana Franco

Silvana Franco was born into a large Italian family and raised in Derby. She trained as a chef at High Peak College in Buxton and then did a degree in home economy. After a college work placement writing for BBC Vegetarian Good Food magazine, Silvana worked her way up to become a senior writer at Good Food. She later worked as Food Editor for M&S Magazine before moving into TV. Silvana started as a food stylist on Ainsley Harriot's shows, but her engaging personality soon attracted television producers and she eventually became a presenter. Silvana also runs food media company Fork with two former work colleagues and is the author of several cookery books.

Delia Smith

Delia Smith CBE (born 18 June 1941) is a British cook and television presenter, known for her interest in teaching basic cookery skills. She is the UK's best-selling cookery author, with more than 21 million copies sold.Born to a Welsh mother in Woking, Surrey, Smith attended Bexleyheath School, leaving at the age of 16 without a single O-level. Her first job was as a hairdresser, and she also worked as a shop assistant and in a travel agency before starting her career in cookery.When Delia was 16, her boyfriend often complimented her, saying how good her food was.
This was the nudge forward that made Delia take that step into cookery. At 21, she started work in a tiny restaurant in Paddington called The Singing Chef. She started as a washer-upper, then moved on to waitressing, and then was allowed to help with the cooking. She started reading English cookery books in the Reading Room at the British Museum, trying out the recipes on a Harley Street family with whom she was living at the time.

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