Angela Mount is a wine expert and presenter, who is often credited with revolutionising wine on the high street. Angela’s taste buds were famously insured for £10 million when she was head of wine buying at supermarket chain Somerfield. She is a frequent presenter for the media and at consumer and business events on food and wine matching, and has worked with top chefs including Gordon Ramsey and Anthony Worrall Thompson.

Angela has been named as one of the top 50 most influential people in the Wine Industry by The Drinks Business, and is also head judge for Bath Good Food Awards.

Xanthe Clay originally worked as a bookseller specialising in cookery books, before training to become a chef at Leiths School of Food and Wine. She has worked as both chef and caterer in and around the West Country, before becoming a food columnist for the Telegraph newspaper.

Since then she has worked on both food and cookery features for Weekend Telegraph and is the author of several cookery books including The Contented Cook: Fuss-free Food Throughout the Year and Recipes to Know by Heart.
Richard Bertinet
Richard was named the BBC Food Champion of the Year 2010 at the BBC Food & Farming Awards on 24 November 2010. He trained as a baker from the age of 14 in France and has held a number of head chef positions in the UK since the late 1980s. In 2005 he opened his own cookery school and is now a chef and food expert on TV.
Martin Blunos
Hailing from the West Country, Martin Blunos is regarded as one of the UK's greatest chefs.

Martin held two Michelin stars for more than fifteen years, and he is now much in demand nationally and internationally as a foodie media personality and awards judge. Martin appears regularly on television and radio with regular slots as guest chef and presenter on BBC television’s Saturday Kitchen, BBC Great Food Live!, Food Uncut, Market Kitchen, Food Poker and James Martin’s Feasts. He has also appeared on ITV television’s Saturday Cooks and Britain’s Best Dish, as well as Channel 5 television’s Cooking the Books.

Martin most recently appeared in the Channel 4 television series Iron Chef UK, the ITV series Daily Cooks and Master Chef Australia, the country’s most popular television programme.

Sam Moody
Sam Moody started his career as a chef at the age of 16, and has worked in some of the most prestigious restaurants in the UK as a member of Michelin star winning kitchen teams.

In 2009 Sam was appointed by Executive Chef Michael Caines MBE to be his Sous Chef at The Bath Priory hotel. After proving himself to be of the highest standard, Sam was promoted to Head Chef at the hotel, and in 2012 his hard work and talent were rewarded with a Michelin star.

Sam says of his success at The Bath Priory, “This has truly been the biggest and most rewarding challenge of my career thus far - food and cooking are my life.”

Romy Gill
Romy Gill is a chef and food writer who is passionate about good health. She focuses on the nutrition and healthy aspect of Indian cooking and is currently writing her first book, as well as opening ‘Romy’s Kitchen’, a new restaurant and cookery school in Thornbury.

Romy demonstrates at events, cookery schools and food festivals all over the UK and abroad. She also has her own line of sauces, spice mixes, pickles and chutneys, which can be found at local shops and food fairs. Romy grew up in India's West Bengal, where her family cooked with traditional flavours from around the area.

Silvana Tann
Silvana Tann’s Italian mother taught her to cook before she could walk. She was trained at Leith’s School of Food & Wine and is the founder of the Cupboard Love Preserves range, which is available in retail outlets throughout the UK. In addition she writes a regular recipe column for a local magazine.
Emily began popular local food blog Bristol Bites in January 2010, shortly after moving to the city from London. Since then, the blog has grown from strength to strength, and with over 15,000 unique visitors per month was voted as Best Blog at the Food Magazine Readers’ Awards in early 2013.

Emily is also the editor of flavour, a print magazine for those who love local food and drink which has both South West and London editions.

Dhruv Baker
Dhruv Baker is a former winner of BBC television’s MasterChef competition in 2010. He has always loved food and is using the recognition he has received from Masterchef to make his passion his profession.

Since winning the competition he has had the opportunity to spend time in some of the best kitchens in the UK and Europe, learning the skills to help him put his passion into practice. Dhruv says, “By merging the culinary techniques and heritage of European cuisine with the wonders of Asian spicing and centuries of history of the East I hope to come up with results that are greater than merely the sum of the parts.”

Richard Truscott
Richard Truscott is Marketing Manager of Almondsbury Garden Centre. He is a keen gardener and grower of his own produce, and likes nothing better than sampling the products of local producers from around the West Country. He is proud to represent Almondsbury Garden Centre in their support for the Bristol Good Food Awards Local Producers event.
Susy Atkins
Susy Atkins is a popular, award-winning wine writer and broadcaster. She writes the weekly wine column for the Sunday Telegraph magazine Stella, and is drinks editor for Delicious magazine, as well as appearing regularly on BBC1's flagship cookery show 'Saturday Kitchen' as a presenter and wine expert for the past six years.
Lorna Knapman
Lorna Knapman is the organiser of Love Food festivals, a network of foodie events that seeks to raise awareness of the importance of sourcing and cooking locally grown produce, and the positive impact local food can have on the economy, the environment and society.

Lorna started providing healthy local food for children at events around the West Country with her company Bitesize, before starting Love Food festivals in 2008. Since then she has held more than fifty Love Food events, and is a winner of The Princes Trust Enterprise of the Year Award.

Jenny Chandler
Jenny Chandler trained at Leith's School of Food and Wine. She lives in Bristol where she writes about cookery and teaches at her school The Plum Cooking Company in Clifton. She also teaches at The Bertinet Kitchen in Bath and the W.I's Denham College as well as various London establishments.

While living in Barcelona Jenny fell in love with Mediterranean food, and has written two Spanish cookbooks, The Food of Northern Spain and The Real Taste of Spain.
Barbora Stiess
Barbora Stiess is the culinary guru behind the The Devilled Egg Kitchen Academy and has engineered a range of user-friendly cookery classes to bridge the gap between ‘fine dining’ and home cooking. Barbora’s study at Leith’s School of Food and Wine (London) and subsequent Michelin-starred training under Michael Caines enables her to empathise with students and understand their needs and aspirations from both teacher and student perspective.
Hrishikesh Desai
Hrishikesh Desai is Head Chef at Lucknam Park Cookery School. Hrishikesh grew up in India, where his love of food, cooking and luxury hotels led him to study in France at the Institute Paul Bocuse.

Hrishikesh has worked in some of France’s best known Michelin star restaurants working to the exacting standards of inspirational chef’s including Olivier Roellinger in his two Michelin star restaurant in Brittany. His career at Lucknam Park began working under Executive Head Chef, Hywel Jones. During his 8 years at Lucknam Hrishikesh has scooped some incredible accolades of his own, winning the prestigious Roux Scholarship in 2008 and the National Chef of the Year award in 2010.

When talks began about the introduction of a Cookery School to the facilities at Lucknam Park, Hrishikesh was a natural choice to head up this project, his passion for food and exacting standards combined with an easy conversational manner made him the perfect choice for Head Chef and in 2012 the school opened under his direction.