Our presenters include some of the top talents in Food combined with an insatiable appetite for being able to interpret and communicate everything from global food programmes to the freshest ingredients.
Arthur Potts Dawson
Arthur is our lead presenter. He is a chef, sustainability campaigner and a TED Talk speaker.
He trained with the Roux brothers, then at the River Cafe with Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers and then Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Pierre Koffman.
He founded the Acorn House in London, one of the very first waste-aware restaurants, and The People’s Supermarket, a co-operative supermarket for locals in Bloomsbury, London. He is an Advocacy Chef for the World Food Programme which was recently awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. He also has a passion for music, cooking along while his father Chris Jagger plays blues.
Zoe is the Founder & Culinary Director at Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen (fast/casual and street food) and Sankofa Test Kitchen (fine food consultancy and private dining). She is also the co-founder of Black Book Global, an agency driving equality and visibility for Black and non-white people working within hospitality and food media.
She has won numerous awards including the 2018 Iconoclast award given by the James Beard House in New York City. She has also been invited to speak at TEDxOxford, speaking about “Food: Its Importance to Cultural Stepping Stones of Understanding And Exchange.” Most recently, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoe has converted her entire operation into a community kitchen to feed those in her East London community and the NHS – serving 500 meals per week. An operation she ran alone for the first 4 weeks.
She is a thinker. Doer. Writer. Speaker. Connector of people and ideas. Ambassador for new African cuisine, chefs of colour, women in food, queer business.
Patrick is a photojournalist and food bank volunteer.
Stephen is a Master Baker and Managing Director of Dickinson & Morris, renowned globally for its pork pies. His varied career includes working in Germany and Spain as well as patissier on the QEII and has brought him numerous prestigious awards for baking as well as the Daily Telegraph voting him ‘The Nicest Man in England’ for Outstanding Customer Service.
A Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, he is Past President of the British Confectioners’ Association and Chair of Judges for the Tiptree World Bread Awards in the UK and USA.
Sahar is the founder of two disruptive food businesses and has seen up close how the unique spirit and energy that exists in a start-up can dramatically transform behaviour and performance.
A former lawyer, Sahar started the UK’s first chain of coffee bars with her brother Bobby, building Coffee Republic to 110 stores and a £50 million market cap in five years. Later she founded market segment-defining sugar-free sweets brand Skinny Candy, selling it to confectionery conglomerate Glisten PLC in 2007. Her work has attracted international attention and made her a bestselling author.
She recently co-chaired the UK government Scale Up Taskforce shaping government policy towards growing SMEs. She sits on the board of the Scale Up Institute as well as several charities including Change Please Coffee, a social enterprise that trains and hires homeless people to run coffee bars.
David is a journalist, writer and broadcaster, with two decades of experience in print, online, TV and radio and a life-long love of food and wine.
The former boss of BBC Breakfast and Channel 5 News, David has also presented programmes on LBC and BBC local radio, as well as writing for The Buyer, Club Oenologique, Harpers, Waitrose Magazine as well as his own website and has also appeared as a drinks expert on ITV’s This Morning.
David has a diploma in wines and spirits from the WSET and also judges for the IWSC, the leading international wine and spirit competition, for whom he co-presented the 2020 awards ceremony.
Charlotte is a wine presenter, consultant, social media communicator and events host. She is a passionate storyteller, loves travelling to wine regions near and far and the art of wine and food pairing.
Food writer Jenny Linford has long been fascinated by cheese. Her book Great British Cheeses (Dorling Kindersley, 2008) was seminal in being the first fully-illustrated guide to British cheeses. It inspired many now working as cheesemakers or cheesemongers. In April 2020 – having realised that with the closure of hospitality Britain’s cheesemakers were facing a crisis – she wrote a piece called The British Cheese Crisis for her own website and shared it on Twitter. Described by Rachel Cooke in The Observer in May as a “rallying cry”, Jenny’s call to get people to buy cheese, had a remarkable response.
Jenny Linford is the author of over 20 books. Her critically acclaimed book The Missing Ingredient – the Curious Role of Time in Food and Flavour, was described by Marina O’Loughlin, the Sunday Times restaurant reviewer, as ‘a treatise on the single most vital and most overlooked element of food and cooking that’s as page-turning as a thriller.’
Merav is a serial & multidisciplinary passionate entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in Creative, Marketing and innovation, focusing the past 10 years on the FoodTech & Culinary ecosystem, Merav works with startups, bringing her entrepreneurial, strategic management and operational skills.
Merav is the Co-Founder of ACT Foodtech –The Innovation hub for the foodtech ecosystem, CEO of Foodish – The food arm of ANU – The museum of the Jewish people, Founder of OpenRestaurants® – An urban culinary festival, combining food with everything – Art, design, innovation & tech, Founder of WMN – A CoWork space & ecosystem for women-led startups and female entrepreneurs and Founder & CEO of UrbanPlayground, focused on Innovation, Lifestyle, & tech. Works with cities, commercial entities and nonprofit organisations, providing services and solutions designated to create and sustain stronger communities.
As the Co-Founder and CEO of ACT Foodtech, Carmit Oron is responsible for running all facets of the business focused on supporting the business growth of food tech startups. Carmit is a business leader with a proven executive management track record and over 25 years of experience in driving business growth.
Prior to establishing ACT Foodtech, Carmit was the head of value creation at SOSA, where she worked closely with Fortune 500 companies to create collaborations between global corporates, startups, and investors, in order to accelerate innovation in internal and external channels. She acted as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales for Brooks Keret financial management, responsible for all global sales and marketing activities.
Early in her career, Carmit held positions from marketing manager to health division manager, during a 7 years career, at a leading insurance company and broker in Israel.
Carmit is the co-founder at WMN, an Israeli community for Women tech entrepreneurs designed to support women CEO’s in their business challenges.
She earned a BS degree in political science at Tel Aviv University
Dr Chintal Patel
Chintal is an NHS General Practitioner in London. She works with families and children and has a keen interest in food and nutrition. She writes a recipe blog sharing quick and easy family-friendly recipes and also runs cookery classes for adults and children.
“I am a doctor, a mum, a passionate cook and healthy living believer. I come from an Indian background where food has always been a huge part of my life. I started helping in the kitchen at a young age and have been independently cooking from age 10. I genuinely love creating recipes, using ingredients to expand my children’s tastes and encouraging them to form healthy relationships with food from an early age. I believe food doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated to be healthy and delicious. I believe in using good wholesome ingredients.”
Celia was born and raised in San Francisco. During her seven-year tenure at Pacific Book Auction, Sack channelled her passion for rare books into a private antiquarian cookbook collection, and then into a bookshop.
Since November 2008, when she opened Omnivore Books on Food in Noe Valley, Celia has gotten to know Alice Waters’ tastes (books on victory gardens, not surprisingly), has enticed Ruth Reichl into buying a first edition of A.J. Liebling’s Between Meals, and has seen her store become the destination for internationally known food writers touring their new books and for collectors expanding their shelves.
John is the owner and Managing Director of Partridges, the world-renowned, family-run grocer which was established nearly 50 years ago just off Sloane Square, is proud to be Royal Warrant holder and grocer to Her Majesty The Queen.
John has helped over 250 enterprising foodie Start-Up Artisans, or ‘Startisans’ as Partridges calls them, since the scheme’s inception in 2005. Partridges’ Shepherds Markets brand runs 10 bespoke markets across London on a regular basis, including the extremely popular and vibrant Saturday Market in the Duke of York Square in Chelsea, next to its flagship store. Partridges also has a second store in Gloucester Road, Kensington.
John was awarded ’Icon of the Speciality Fine Food & Drink Industry’ in 2019, is a well-respected and long-term judge on The Good Taste Awards panel. Partridges is also the annual host of The World Chelsea Bun Awards which takes place on the first Saturday in May at Partridges, Chelsea to celebrate World Chelsea Bun Day.
Alison Swan Parente
Alison studied social anthropology at LSE and went on to have a long career as a child psychotherapist both in the USA and then the NHS.
On ‘retirement’, she started a bakery and founded the School of Artisan Food, a not-for-profit organisation which not only aims to raise aspirations, revive lost skills and provide routes into employment, but looks at the future of sustainable food in a rapidly changing economic and environmental context
Anne has had an extraordinary career in the culinary arts and is recognised as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on French cooking. She founded École de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris in 1975. In 2014, Anne was awarded the rank of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for her accomplishments in promoting the gastronomy of France.
She has more than 50 years of experience as a teacher, author and culinary historian and has written more than 30 books.
Being inducted into the James Beard Foundation Awards Hall of Fame in May 2013 puts her alongside a food world legends including Julia Child and Elizabeth David.
Martin is Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times.