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 began his career in food after winning MasterChef in 2010. Born in Mexico and raised in India prior to moving to the UK in 1989, he was fortunate
enough to be exposed to a myriad of culinary influences from an early age. He describes his Mother as an ‘atrocious cook’, who taught herself to cook ‘astoundingly well’, and as a result she has been a great influence on his style of food & his determination to make food his life. After a 10 year career as a sales director, on winning MasterChef, it was time for him to pursue his dream of a career working in the food industry. During his time on MasterChef, Dhruv was fortunate to work in some of the UK’s finest restaurants including Le Gavroche, The Kitchin & Helene Darroze at The Connaught, which gave him an unrivalled insight into the industry. Following on from his win, Dhruv became a regular at the BBC Good Food Shows and a regularly presented on Waitrose TV, is a regular contributor to numerous publications and is also an in demand brand ambassador. Dhruv’s huge appeal comes from his ability to demystify spice and to make spices accessible and ‘friendly’. To that end, he was proud to work on his first book, Spice: Layers of Flavour, which was published by Orion in July 2014. In September 2014, Dhruv opened his first kitchen when he took over The Jolly Gardeners in South West London. The pub was revitalised with an exciting new menu, truly echoing Dhruv’s style with an emphasis on dishes that pack a punch, using the very best ingredients, simply. Most recently, Dhruv has returned to the stage to host Foodies Festivals across the country, has been filming a new food series in Croatia & judging the World Cheese Awards in San Sebastian. He cites one of the best things he did in 2016 as going to visit Ibérico pigs on a vast dehesa in Spain, accompanied by one of his chef heroes, Pierre Koffmann.

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.

Jordan Bourke is a chef and award-winning author. Having trained at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in his native Ireland, he went on to work under Skye Gyngell at the Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries restaurant in London. His latest book, HEALTHY BAKING, was published by Orion in February 2017, and focusses on sourdough bread, savoury & sweet baking, ancient grains and fermentation. Jordan is the winner of the 2013 K-Food Festival, which named him the best Korean chef in the UK, and he was also awarded an honorary ambassadorship by the Korean foreign ministry to promote Korean food in the UK. His book Our Korean Kitchen (co-authored with his wife Rejina Pyo) was named cookery book of the year 2016 at the Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards, and also best new cookbook at the Observer Food Monthly Awards. Jordan divides his time between writing, food styling and consulting for various food brands and restaurants.

Melissa Cole, award-winning beer & food writer passion in life is getting people to learn as little or as much as they like about what she considers the finest social lubricant known to man.

Respected the world over for her fine palate, she is invited to judge at competitions in places as far flung as New Zealand, the US and Brazil, as well as closer to home across Europe, aware of the impact this can have the future of breweries she has also spent years educating herself on the brewing process, often getting her hands dirty and making beers with some of the best breweries across the globe. Melissa's other passion is food and she is recognised as probably the UK's leading expert in pairing and cooking with, beer, having spent years dedicated to figuring out which beers work in which dishes and why - which she regularly calls 'making a whole series of disgusting mistakes, so you don't have to’.
The Little Book of Craft Beer, out in Autumn, is Melissa's second book and keeps true to her passion for simple beer communication that neither baffles nor patronises the audience, she just wants people to enjoy beer as much as she does!

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

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 Viet 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   

Dentistry or food? Yes, believe it or not, Spanish chef, José Pizarro considered both career paths, but thankfully his love of food was just too strong and he had no choice but to leave his passion for dentistry at the kitchen door. Originally from Cáceres, José, has now lived in London for over 18 years, and is often described as the Godfather of Spanish cooking in the UK. In that time, he has worked at some of London’s most prestigious Spanish restaurants including Eyre Brothers, Brindisa and Gaudi. In 2011, Londoners were delighted when José opened his first solo venture, José Tapas Bar on Bermondsey Street, and has since gone on to open two further restaurants in the Capital: Pizarro, just a few yards from José Tapas, and José Pizarro at Broadgate Circle. José is a popular face on TV too! A regular on BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen, José has also appeared on Sunday Brunch, Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose and Rick Stein’s Christmas. Most recently he was part of the debut series of The Wine Show, where he championed two of his favourite things, sherry & clams! José’s first two books, Seasonal Spanish Food and Spanish Flavours launched to great critical acclaim. His third book, Basque has been his most exciting work to date. In May 2014 José was voted one of ‘100 españoles’ – a hugely prestigious award which showcases the top influencial 100 Spaniards around the world. José loves nothing more than flying the flag for his homeland, so this award was particularly close to his heart. José believes that tapas is for all, and that home cooks don’t have to be scared off by the idea of cooking lots of dishes! José kicked off 2017 in style with a collaboration with Tonkotsu using his exclusive Iberico Pork Presa from Cinco Jotas and being part of this year’s Who’s Cooking Dinner? with a host of London’s best chefs. He also went off to Spain to film as part of a new series with AOL! José’s fourth restaurant, Little José has just opened at Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf. He’s also excited to be working on his 4th book, all about the food of Catalonia, which is due for release in October.

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.