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Lettuce Celebrate: Top Food & Wine Experts we Cheers to

Hey – I’m Abbie and I’m thrilled to be the newest edition to the marketing team at Speakers Corner. A somewhat recent graduate from the University of Adelaide, I hold two degrees in Commerce and Media. Upon completion I decided to relocate from my small beachside town in South Australia to London. I am please to report that I’m loving it here so far, although it has taken some time to get accustomed to there being more people on the tube in the morning then there are in my entire town!

If you’ve worked with us before (or follow our Instagram account), you’d know that all of us here at Speakers Corner are big foodies. We love food, and good food! And what goes well with food? Wine. It’s the perfect pair!

So just like food and wine complement each other, here are some connoisseurs who would perfectly complement your event. Regardless if it’s for clients, corporate, parties, conferences, perhaps a c-suite meeting, there is an option for all events. Specialising in everything from live demos, to tantalising keynotes, awards hosts and after dinner speakers – we have really spoiled you for choice.

Without further ado, enjoy reading through this list of speakers who will without a doubt leave a good taste with attendees.

LIVE DEMOS

Tom Surgery 

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Tom is an office favourite after treating all of us here to a wine demonstration (not that he could go wrong with this). A confident and energetic wine expert and presenter, he entertained us with his vast knowledge combined with a wonderful sense of humour. Providing the wine himself, he is a wonderful edition to a corporate event. Tom presents at wine masterclasses and pairing events across the country, is a director at a luxury English Sparkling Wine business and is part of Oz Clarke, Olly Smith and Tim Atkin Three Wine Men tour.

Gino D’Acampo

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Born into a poor Neapolitan family, Gino inherited his grandfather's love of cooking and entered the Luigi de Medici Catering College at the age of fifteen. He continued to develop his skills through the kitchens of restaurants in Europe, including Perignon in Nice and a spell as Head Chef at Sylvester Stallone's Mambo King in Marbella at 19 before coming to England the following year. No stranger to the screen, Gino has appeared on many TV programs including Ready Steady Cook and Too Many Cooks. Gino's food and recipes are accessible and fresh, stressing simplicity with quality, and he regularly presents live demonstrations – a hit to many events!

James Tanner

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If you have ever enjoyed a delicious meal at the Barbican Kitchen in Plymouth, or even The Kentish Hare in Bidborough, then you would have entered into the kitchen of James Tanner. Famously known for being on BBC1’s Ready Steady Cook, James has also appeared in Sep up to the Plate, the Saturday Kitchen and regularly appeared on Lorraine on ITV1. Passionate about using local, seasonable and sustainable produce, he will treat attendees to a live demonstration. There won’t be an unhappy tastebud in the room! 

Peter Gordon

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With his fingers in many pies, Peter is a multi-award winning chef and co-owner of The Providores and Tapa Room in London, has a restaurant in a five star hotel in New Zealand, consultant to award winning restaurants in Istanbul, M&S and GBK, and is an author of several books. Teaching at a number of celebrated cookery schools and getting involved in many cookery demonstrations, there isn’t a lot that he can’t do. A fine choice to entertain any audience!

KEYNOTE

Pixie Turner 

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A food blog and Instagram sensation, Pixie is the founder of Plantbased Pixie. Defined as a ‘wellness rebel’, her feed has drawn over 120,000 people, promoting a no-BS healthy lifestyle. A qualified nutritionist (MSc) and scientist (BSc), her lifestyle is supported by evidence-based science. If you haven’t checked out her Instagram, then I suggest you do it now! Not afraid to be outspoken or controversial during presentations, she will tell it how it is.

Priya Lakhani 

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Priya Lakhani OBE is an impressive, insightful and immediately-likeable entrepreneur. She grew her Indian food business from her kitchen table into the iconic brand: Masala Masala after making the bold decision to leave her law profession. In addition to building her business, she was determined to set up a charity alongside her business and began providing a hot meal to a homeless person in India for every pot of her sauces sold. A passionate speaker who takes the audience on her entrepreneurial journey, and demonstrates shrewd, analytical business know-how in her keynotes.

Heston Blumenthal

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Heston Blumenthal, not a name that needs much of an introduction. Famous for going against the grain with his inventive recipes, he knows what ingredients work in both food and business; his passion for gastronomic innovation, resulting in four critically-acclaimed restaurants and numerous TV appearances, successfully whets the appetite of his keynote and after dinner audiences. A serial restaurateur, his speaking topics of Chemistry and Creativity in the Kitchen will engage and entertain many crowds.

AWARDS & HOSTS

Ainsley Harriott

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The face of the hot TV cooking show Ready Steady Cook, Ainsley Harriott is a TV sensation. With several primetime cooking shows under his belt, and a naturally charming nature, Ainsley is an authority in fun and fresh cooking. Presenting a multitude of shows including Ainsley’s Barbecue Bible, Ainsley Harriot’s Street Food and Ainsley’s Gourmet Express, he has become one of the most recognised TV cooking faces. The combination of his natural charm and extensive camera experience makes him a wonderful choice for and award ceremony an personal appearances.

Michel Roux

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The son of fellow Michelin starred chef Albert Roux, Michel took over from his father in 1991 as Head Chef of Le Gavroche, with his individual style, helping take the restaurant into a new era. He’s made many television appearances and is an expert judge on BBC’s MasterChef. A graduate of Le Gavroche, he received his schooling in its kitchens and is imbued with its unique atmosphere and style. Michel has a deep respect for the classical foundations of French cooking. The name Roux is synonymous in Britain with the qualities of French haute cuisine.

Nigella Lawson

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Writer, broadcaster and charismatic speaker, Nigella Lawson has entertained audiences of all sizes with her wit and wonderful stories from her life as an industry icon. The bestselling author of ten books, a prominent figure on television has made her one of the most recognisable names and faces in the food industry across the globe. Available for event hosting and personal appearances, she is known for entertaining audiences of any size.

Tantalising all available taste buds, these speakers will take audiences on a rollercoaster ride full of fascinating stories. With everything from our favourite wine connoisseurs, to live cooking demonstrations, keynotes unlike others and incredible award and event hosts, these speakers will be a sure treat at an event. 

For further information or to book a speaker, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070+44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk.

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