May 20, 2011
Paul Gayler is one of the finest of the new generation of British chefs and is known for is 'Eurasian' cuisine...As Executive Chef at London's prestigious Lanesborough Hotel on Hyde Park, Paul leads a brigade of thirty-five chefs. He calls his style 'Eurasian', combining European techniques with flavours of the Orient. He is well known as one of the first chefs in London to create specifically catered dishes for vegetarians. He's had his own TV series and contributed to many others.
Silvena Rowe was born and raised in Bulgaria, but has lived in London since 1986. She is the executive chef for the Baltic Restaurant Group, which includes the London restaurants Baltic, Wodka and Chez Kristoff. A regular guest on the BBC's Saturday Kitchen, Silvena is also known for her cookery demonstrations, having worked as a cookery teacher at Mosimann’s Academy of Culinary Excellence, Baker and Spice, and Books for Cooks, all in London. Silvena also works as food consultant and recipe developer for a major British food retailer and was food consultant and designer for David Cronenberg's London-based film, Eastern Promises.
Gregg Allan Wallace (born 17 October 1964 is an English writer, media personality and former greengrocer, costermonger and farmer. He is probably best known for co-presenting MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and MasterChef: The Professionals on BBC Two and BBC One along with John Torode, where he is referred to as an "ingredients expert". He has referred to himself jokingly as just: "the fat, bald bloke on Masterchef who likes pudding".
Wallace was born in Peckham and began his career selling vegetables at a stand in Covent Garden. He started George Allan’s Greengrocers in 1989, a company that built up to an eventual turnover of £7.5 million. Due to his success he was invited to co-present Veg Talk on BBC Radio 4 with Charlie Hicks for seven years. He was the original presenter of Saturday Kitchen from 2002 until he was replaced by Antony Worrall Thompson in 2003.