May 19, 2011
Patrick Williams is a chef with a mission – to introduce the British public to the tantalising smells and tastes of the Caribbean and change the misapprehension that Caribbean food is searingly hot and too stodgy. In his kitchen he creates delectable lightly spiced twists on British classics. A rising star of the London restaurant scene, Patrick has written The Caribbean Cook and has appeared on many popular TV shows.
Before opening his own restaurant, The Terrace In The Fields, Patrick worked his way up in the kitchens of some of the most prestigious and demanding names in British cooking. His baptism of fire came at The Canteen under Marco Pierre White; he would return later to work with White again as Senior Sous Chef at The Criterion and Titanic, after stints at The Ivy and Green’s Oyster Bar and Restaurant.
Shaun Rankin (born 1972, County Durham) is the Michelin-starred chef of the Bohemia restaurant in St Helier, Jersey. Rankin has said that he always wanted to be a chef, and set out to become one at the age of 14. He learned the trade at The Mayfair hotel in London as an apprentice, as well as attending the Thames Valley University at Slough as a day release student.
He returned to Yorkshire in 1992, after three years in London, and took a position as chef de partie at the Black Bull Inn in Moulton, North Yorkshire. Since then he has worked in restaurants as close to home as Darlington and as far afield as Chicago and Australia. 2010 saw the launch of the 'SR' brand across major retailers. Rankin's first book, Seasoned Islands, was released by The Refinery on 14th November 2010; concurrently, a television series, Seasoned Islands, was produced by Channel TV and released on DVD.
Rachel Allen (born 21 March 1972, in Dublin) is an Irish celebrity chef, known most widely for her work on television and as a writer. Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and left home at eighteen to study at the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School. Rachel is now a busy TV chef, author, journalist and mother, and still teaches at Ballymaloe.
Rachel is the author of four bestselling cookery books, which include Rachel's Favourite Food at Home and Rachel's Food for Living. Her extremely popular television series for RTE and the BBC have been broadcast internationally and she frequently appears on BBC's Saturday Kitchen. The BBC describe her as an "Irish cooking queen" and Good Food magazine believe she "has put Irish cooking on the map in recent years". Rachel has a devoted fan base both in the UK and Ireland, and the popularity of her television programmes continues to rise.