Visiting Chefs

Tim Anderson counts his main influences as his American heritage along with his love for regional Japanese cooking, but with a passion for food science and modernist cuisine in there too. Tim has lived in London since 2008, having grown up in Wisconsin and spending a few years teaching in Southern Japan. Since his all -­‐‑ important MasterChef win, Tim has carved out his dream career in food, working as a freelance chef, food writer & consultant. Tim’s proudest moment has to be the release of his first cookery book, Nanban: Japanese Soul Food,and the opening of his first restaurant of the same name, in the heart of Brixton. Both his restaurant and his book received rave reviews, with Tim challenging the view that Japanese food is delicate and fussy by offering accessible and delicious recipes. Tim has recently been nominated by Time Out as one of the top 12 chefs in London, with 2017 seeing his award winning restaurant being featured in the Michelin Guide. Watch this space…..Tim’s second book, Japaneasy will be out this September. He has also been concocting wonderful new dishes for Nanban & brewing some unbelievable new beers as well. 
Follow Tim on Twitter & Instagram @ChefTimAnderson @NanbanLondon

Lopè Ariyo, 23, recently graduated from Loughborough University, where she read Mathematics. In her spare time, she wrote and filmed recipes for her food blog, focusing primarily on contemporary African food. This lead her to enter, and win, the HarperCollins and Red Magazine African cookery competition, where she beat off stiff competition, wowing the judges with her incredible dishes and vibrant flavours to secure a book deal. In January Lopè was crowed as the Observer Rising Star of Food 2017 and her debut cookbook, Hibiscus, will be published by HarperCollins on 1st June.

Dhruv Baker winner of MasterChef 2010 and is currently embarking on the exciting journey of making his passion his career. Born in Mexico and then moved to India with his family at the age of 4 he was deeply influenced by the cuisines and culinary wonders of these very different cultures. By merging the culinary techniques and heritage of European cuisine with the wonders of Asian spicing and centuries of history of the East he hopes to come up with results that are greater than merely the sum of the parts. Part owner of Earlsfield Kitchen and The Jolly Gardeners Earlsfield, lover of food and wine

Galton Blackiston

Galton Blackiston is chef owner of Morston Hall Hotel  in North Norfolk where his restaurant has held a Michelin star for the past 16 years and is described by Michel Roux senior as perfection from beginning to end. Galton believes passionately in fresh local seasonal produce to make simple and delicious meals. Set along the spectacular North Norfolk coast 2 miles from Blakeney Morston Hall provides an idyllic place for guests to relax and recharge.
Galton is a regular on James Martin BBC Saturday kitchen and many other food programmes. 
Morston Hall Galton holds regular cookery demonstrations throughout the year, the restaurant and hotel is open 7 nights a week serving lunch on Sundays and afternoon teas daily.

Martha Collison is the youngest ever baker on The Great British Bake Off – she made it all the way to the 2014 quarter finals whilst studying for her AS Levels, wowing judges and viewers alike with her showstopper skills. Martha is a self-taught baker who started cooking at the age of eight. Since then her baking repertoire has grown no end, and she now balances studying part-time for her A Levels with writing and testing recipes. At only 19 still, Martha has a weekly column in Waitrose Weekend, has worked with brands such as Cadburys and Mars, and is this year’s afternoon tea consultant at The Gatsby Club in Wimbledon. In April Martha baked cakes for the Queen’s 90th birthday and she is a passionate supporter of Tearfund – heading up their #NoChildTaken campaign – which uses baking in safe house to prevent human trafficking in developing countries. Her first cookbook, Twist, is published in July

Georgina Hayden is a cook, food writer and stylist from North London. Growing up above her grandparents’ Greek Cypriot taverna in Tufnell Park, she developed a love of cooking from the recipes passed down to her. At university she studied Fine Art after which her passion for food landed her a job as a food writer and stylist on various food magazines. She went on to join Jamie Oliver’s food team where she has worked for ten years. She writes, develops and styles for magazine features, books, television projects and campaigns. Georgina’s work is inspired by her visual eye and her love of travel. Be it sourcing props at flea markets, traveling the world for street-food or cycling around London with her camera in tow, she documents her food adventures on her blog and Instagram page: @georgiepuddingnpie. Stirring Slowly is her first book.

Chetna Makan, a food writer whose first book 'The Cardamom Trail' is all about traditional bakes with Indian flavours and baking with spices. She was part of 'The Great British Bake Off' in 2014 and won 'The Christmas bake off' in 2016. She has a very popular Youtube channel called 'Food with Chetna' and is now working on her second book out on 13th July.


Thuy Pham was born in ‘Hanh My’, a small village in south Vietnam, her early childhood was surrounded by food. As the grandchild of farmers, she grew up amidst a happy tumult of livestock & produce, with a wonderful variety of fruits hanging from trees, morning markets & the amazing smells of traditional street food. Thuy & her family moved to the UK when she was just seven years old, seeking new opportunities at the close of the war. Whilst she calls England home, Thuy had always explored & maintained her connection to Vietnamese culture through its vibrant cuisine. Learning her craft through studying traditional recipes & techniques, passed down to her by her mother & other family members, she believes learning in her mother’s kitchen was the best training possible. Thuy started out on her own by launching supper clubs in her own living room. In April 2015, her life long culinary dream came true when she launched The Little Vietnam Kitchen, a restaurant tucked away in the trendy Chapel Market of London’s Islington. Thuy takes the best of her Vietnam roots & combines it with her London inspirations to create her dishes.
Instagram: @the_little_viet_kitchen Twitter: @ThuyDiemPham @LVK_ISLINGTON   

José Pizarro has lived in the UK for 15 years and in that time has worked at some of London’s most prestigious Spanish restaurants including Eyre Brothers, Brindisa and Gaudi. In May 2011 he opened his first solo venture – José – his proudest moment yet. Later that year he opened Pizarro, a few yards away from José. José was planning to become a dental technician in Spain but realised his love of food was bigger than his love of dentistry and completed one year of catering school in Cáceres before working in a restaurant local to his home town. In 1997 Pizarro moved to Madrid to the award-winning Meson de Doña Filo where he cooked nueva cocina and began his love affair with fresh, brightly flavoured dishes. José has appeared on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen many times with more appearances planned for this year. In 2014 he also took part in Ch4’s What’s Cooking?, Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose and he also filmed a Spanish special for the newly launched Food Network series, The Big Eat. José has also previously been part of UKTV Food’s Market Kitchen, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and Rick Stein’s Christmas on BBC1.
His first book Seasonal Spanish Food was published in 2009, to great critical acclaim. José’s last book, Spanish Flavours, came out in 2012.

Tim Siadatan graduated from the first intake at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen and has become synonymous with bold Italian cooking. Aged twenty-three he became the youngest head chef at Fifteen (and chose to spend his one day off each week training at the iconic St John restaurant). He went on to work at Moro before opening Trullo with his good friend and business partner Jordan Frieda in June 2010. It opened to a flurry of critical acclaim that propelled Trullo into the spotlight and it has since established itself, not only as a favourite neighbourhood restaurant in Islington, North London, but as one of the best Italian restaurants in the UK. In 2016, the duo opened their second restaurant, Padella, a fresh pasta bar in Borough Market that, within months, scooped awards in The Times, Observer Food Monthly, Evening Standard and Time Out for its affordable and authentic pasta dishes. Tim’s first cookbook Trullo, The Cookbook will be published on 6th July 2017. 

Cyrus Todiwala from ‘chef of genius’ to ‘creator of the classiest curries in the City’ and in 2014 ‘BBC Food Personality of the Year’ this Bombay-born Parsee chef has been called all manner of good things, but the Chef Patron of Cafe Spice Namaste, Mr Todiwala’ʹs Kitchen, and The Park Café in Victoria Park East still has his feet very much on the ground… running.
He cooks, teaches, writes, runs successful restaurants and does more than his fair bit for charity and the community, but Cyrus’ restless, entrepreneurial soul means he’s never going to stand still.
A passionate campaigner for sustainability and buying British, Café Spice Namaste’ʹs list of green awards includes the Sustainable Food Award from the Corporation of London and a ‘ʹSpecial Achievement Award’ʹ for his commitment to the environment from the Footprint Forum. Cyrus was awarded an MBE by HM The Queen for services to education & training and an OBE for his contribution to the hospitality industry.