Nigel Barden is a food & drink journalist & broadcaster, working with Simon Mayo & Chris Evans on their BBC Radio 2 shows, BBC London and Reader’s Digest magazine. He specialises in promoting British ingredients and artisan producers, particularly in his role as Chairman of The Great Taste Awards. He’s currently the ambassador for a pop-up restaurant at The Cadogan Hotel in London, where these award winners are showcased. In a former life Nigel was a Yorkshire-based wine merchant, having previously studied land agency at Cirencester’s Royal Agricultural College. He grew up on a farm in Lancashire, married a Sicilian and has three boys. Nigel’s also a BBC rugby commentator.
Karen Barnes has been editor of delicious. since April 2010, before that was head of the Good Housekeeping Institute and has been a journalist for over 20 years. To say she’s mad about food is an understatement. She put together her first (hand-written) magazine (complete with recipes and crossword) at the age of six and has been obsessively reading about food, cooking and writing recipes ever since. Her mission? To get more people into the kitchen and discovering the rewards of cooking.
Martin Johns has been Kenwood’s Development Chef for the past five years. Working closely with the new product development and research & development departments, Martin’s role involves working on new culinary concepts, helping to translate them to new machinery, and recipe development.
After a managerial career in the NHS, Martin followed his true love and retrained as a chef, attaining a Culinary Arts Degree at the University of West London. Working mainly on the South Coast of England, Martin has worked in a variety of establishments including the Goodwood Estate, and as the Pastry chef at Amberley Castle, West Sussex.
Guy Lincoln is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Centre of Hospitality and Retailing Management. The Centre has a reputation as one of the largest and most successful departments of its kind in Europe and is rated in the top 10 providers in the UK. With 25 years higher education teaching experience and a restaurateur background, Guy is a highly regarded judge for The British Institute of InnKeeping Training Awards and Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards. Guy’s fellow Senior Lecturer, Jane Welbourn, will be joining him on the British Cookery School Awards 2012 judging panel.
Anthony Warner has over 20 years of chef experience, training in Manchester under John Benson-Smith at the celebrity filled Victoria and Albert Hotel, and then moving to London to become Head Chef of top London events caterer The Pie Man. While at the Pie Man, Anthony supervised the manufacture of pies, cheese straws and scotch eggs for Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum and Mason, as well as the development of new products for Sophie Conran. He then moved into the world of food manufacturing in 2005, quickly rising to become Head Development Chef of the UKs largest food manufacturer – Premier Foods. Anthony leads a team of chefs to deliver innovation and recipe development for some of the countries leading grocery brands, including Lloyd Grossman, Sharwoods, Bisto, OXO, Mr Kipling, Ambrosia, Homepride, Batchelors and McDougalls. An experienced trainer, demonstrator and presenter, Anthony still manages to work a number of restaurant stages at foodie events every year, including recently at The Ledbury, Le Manoir, The Hand and Flowers, Theo Randalls, The Church Green and Murano.