May 25, 2011
Madhur Jaffrey (born 13 August 1933) is an Indian actress, who has also found fame as a food writer, introducing the Western world to the many cuisines of India.Born in Delhi, Madhur Jaffrey came to London aged 19 to study drama at RADA and pursue her passion for acting. It was here that she learnt to cook, effectively by correspondence: while in London, she desperately missed home-cooked food, so her mother would send her recipes.
Madhur acted in TV, film and radio productions in England, then headed to New York, where she wrote food articles to supplement her income and fund her children’s education. This foray into food writing led to hugely successful books and accompanying TV programmes, made popular due to Madhur’s straight-talking approach.
Lotte Duncan is a skilled and highly experienced broadcaster. Recognised as a leading authority on English cooking, Lotte approaches all television presenting with a light, humorous touch. Lotte started out on television by presenting three of her own series - Simply Puddings, Feast Days and Holidays and Quick Cooks on Carlton. Guest appearances also include Channel 4’s The Richard and Judy Show, Ready Steady Cook, Battle of the Chefs, Channel 5’s Open House with Gloria Hunniford, Quick Cooks, Eastenders Revisited, BBC1’s Value for Money, Animal Park, Club Vegetarian, Ideal Home Cooks with Nanette Newman, and Kate Humble’s Webwise programme, where she told the world a thing or two about Tudor food.
She has recently started her own blog entitled Kitchen Chronicles. Her first book, Lotte’s Country Kitchen will be published by Absolute in Spring 2010.
Keith Valentine Graham (born 24 June 1958), better known as Levi Roots, is a British-Jamaican reggae musician, television personality, celebrity chef, businessman and multi-millionaire currently residing in Brixton, South London. He has performed with James Brown and Maxi Priest and was nominated for a Best Reggae Act MOBO award in 1998. He was a friend of Bob Marley when he resided in the UK and performed "Happy Birthday Mr. President" for Nelson Mandela in 1992 on his trip to Brixton. He gained widespread fame after appearing on the UK television programme Dragons' Den where he gained £50,000 funding for his "Reggae Reggae Sauce".
Levi had a television cooking show, Caribbean Food Made Easy, on BBC2, with a book of the same name publishing in August 2009. The show follows Levi as he travels the UK and Jamaica demonstrating easy ways to cook Caribbean food at home.