Marcus Wareing is one of Britain’s brightest young chefs. He was named Young
Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association in 1995 while working at Gordon
Ramsay's Aubergine in Chelsea. At the age of 25, he earned his first Michelin star
at L’Oranger in London, then in 1999 gained another Michelin star at Pétrus, the
restaurant he opened with Gordon Ramsay in St James’s. In 2006, he was a winner
of the Great British Menu challenge. His perfect custard tart, which he went on to
cook for the Queen’s 80th birthday banquet, was the only recipe in the competition
that all three judges gave 10 out of 10. Marcus now divides his time between Pétrus,
which has recently gained a second Michelin star and has relocated to The Berkeley
Hotel, and the Savoy Grill. His first book How to Cook the Perfect... was published
by Dorling Kindersley in April 2007.
Charlie Trotter started cooking professionally in 1982, and in 1987 opened Charlie
Trotter’s in Chicago. Now recognized as one of the finest restaurants in the world,
it has received five stars from the Mobil Travel Guide, five diamonds from the AAA,
and seven James Beard Foundation awards. Wine Spectator named it Best Restaurant
in the World for Wine & Food in 1998, and America’s Best Restaurant in 2000.
Charlie is the author of 11 cookery books, hosts the TV series The Kitchen Sessions
with Charlie Trotter, and produces a line of gourmet products under the Charlie
Trotter brand name. In 1999 he founded the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education
Foundation, which awards funds to individuals seeking careers in the culinary arts.
Shaun Hill has been described by Delia Smith as “one of Britain’s most outstandingly
gifted chefs”. He was made the Egon Ronay Chef of the Year, and received the Catey
Chef Award, and the AA Restaurant Guide’s Chef Award, all in 1993. His restaurant, The
Merchant House in Ludlow, won a Michelin star almost on the day it opened. It held
the award throughout its 10 years and was voted 14th Best Restaurant in the World in a
2003 poll of international food writers and chefs. He now divides his time between The
Glasshouse in Worcester, where he can be found in the kitchen at least four days a week,
and London, where he consults for Fortnum and Mason.
Lyn Hall created a name for herself as chef of Blake’s Hotel in London before
setting up her own La Petite Cuisine School of Cooking in the 1980s, the only school
in which Michel Roux (3 Michelin stars) would agree to work. He has described
Lyn Hall as “the best teacher in England to-day, very gifted, methodical and kind.
Most importantly, she has a passion for her subject and her students are always
the best.” Lyn Hall’s dynamism has earned her international respect as a cookery
teacher. She contributed to the epic Great Chefs of France whilst studying in the
finest restaurants in France, including La Tour d’Argent and Le Pré Catelan. Lyn now
organizes cookery theatres, celebrity programmes, chef’s competitions, and major food
exhibitions. She is the author of Lyn Hall’s Cookery Course (Conran Octopus, 2004).