Instantly recognisable as the First Dates barman Merlin Griffiths is usually the man tasked with warming the First Daters up and breaking the ice. The King of Cocktails, Merlin has been a Bartender and Mixologist for more than 20 years and has worked all over the world. When speaking Merlin shares some of the most […]
Restaurants and Food
Restaurateur, branding and customer services expert, speaker, interviewer, author and TV’s Restaurant Inspector Fernando Peire is director of one of the world’s most famous restaurants The Ivy Restaurant and private room. Frequented by films stars and Royalty, TV personalities and leading names in the world of business Fernando oversaw the 2016 £5 million refurbishment. He is also Director of the prestigious The Club at The Ivy and sits on the Board of Caprice Holdings.
An incredibly hardworking and talented man Fernando is dedicated to the restaurant business. He is also a consummate networker and is passionate about his job, his customers and maintaining the highest of standards in everything he does.
A fascinating speaker for all types of events including corporates, food festivals and general interest audiences, Fernando’s skills as an interviewer are also well honed and he has worked with incredible names including Sir Roger Moore, Joanna Lumley, John Cleese, Sir Michael Parkinson, Hugh Bonneville, Zoe Wannamaker and many more.
Arthur Potts Dawson is a classically trained chef and outstanding eco restaurateur and is ‘the original green chef’ as described by Jamie Oliver. Arthur was trained by the famous Roux brothers and has now been creating extraordinary cuisine and running restaurants for nearly 30 years. A fine speaker, media pundit, TV chef, author and entrepreneur Arthur is dedicated to encouraging sustainability and educating diners, students and audiences with informative and well grounded menus, lesson, talks and books.
Healthy Food producer Kirsty Henshaw is passionate about educating people about nutrition and has created a fabulous range of ready made meals.
She fist came to our attention when she delivered the most memorable, emotional and successful pitch ever seen on Dragon’s Den in July 2010.
The then 24 year old single mum electrified the Den with her passion, commitment and gritty determination to succeed and she became one of the youngest entrepreneurs to receive investment on the show securing a 65,000 pound investment from Dragons, Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne, in return for a 30% stake in Kirsty’s Freedom, her frozen dessert business.
Just three years later in 2013 she was able to buy them out and is now embarking on expansion overseas.
An inspirational, confident ‘can-do’ young woman, Kirsty is passionate about nutrition, she enjoys educating people about why healthy diets is essential for everyone and she is in much demand as a speaker and media contributor.
Her speeches are about her entrepreneurial journey so far and what she has discovered about healthy food along the way. Now supplying all Sainsburys and Budgens with her healthy meals range Kirsty emphasises the importance of building great relationships with the people around you.
Kirsty is very focused on building the Kirsty’s Freedom brand and is consolidating her position as one of the most inspirational young businesswomen in the country.
Lynne is a highly experienced social media consultant who has developed and implemented award winning online content for many blue chip organisations. She is a digital and social media lecturer and mentor, a successful food blogger and a digital awards judge.
Former Farm Manager of TV’s famous ‘Jimmy’s Farm’, Dave Finkle is writer, TV presenter and expert in all things to do with agriculture, horticulture, gardening, cooking, wholesome living, supermarket activity, consumer affairs (food related) and rural pursuits, He is also the World’s Pumpkin Expert, holding Two World Records in pumpkin carving. Strange but true…
Passionate about sustainable farming, eating fruit and veg in season, eating British meat, cooking with fresh produce, gardening with a foody theme, humane slaughter and growing your own. Dave is married with two young daughters.