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Comedian, impressionist & actor Ronni Ancona is best known for her work with Alistair McGowan on the BBC’s BAFTA-winning sketch show The Big Impression. Ronni’s book (co-written with Alistair McGowan), A Matter of Life and Death, or How to Wean a Man off Football, is published by Faber at £12.99.
Dermot O’Leary hosts The X Factor on ITV1, and presents his own Saturday-afternoon music show on Radio 2. He began his TV career on Channel 4’s weekend programme T4, later going on to host Big Brother’s Little Brother. Earlier this year, he joined forces with two close friends to open Fishy Fishy, a seafood restaurant in Brighton.
TV presenter Gaby Roslin made her name as a co-host on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast, though she is perhaps best known for her 10-year stint co-presenting the BBC’s Children In Need. She has also been seen on the stage, as Mama Morton in the West End production of Chicago
Comedian Dave Spikey co-starred in the award-winning Channel 4 series Phoenix Nights. His first book, He Took My Kidney, Then Broke My Heart (And Now the News from Dave Spikey), is published by Michael O’Mara Books at £10. The DVD of his recent nationwide tour, Dave Spikey – Best Medicine Tour Live, is out now.
Richard Arnold is a regular face on GMTV, whether presenting his showbiz slot from the studio sofa or out on the road. He currently hosts Challenge TV’s quiz show Take It or Leave It. His media career started with a job on Inside Soap magazine.
Actor Sir Roger Moore first won fame for his role as Simon Templar in The Saint (1962-9). In 1973 he was cast as James Bond in Live and Let Die, going on to play 007 in six subsequent Bond films until retiring from the role in 1985. Since 1991 he has worked as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. His autobiography, My Word Is My Bond, is now available in paperback (Michael O’Mara, £8.99
TV cook Valentine Warner grew up on a farm in Dorset. After a brief career as a portrait painter, he worked in numerous London restaurant kitchens, later co-launching Mexican restaurant Taqueria in Notting Hill. His TV series, What To Eat Now, first aired in 2008. What To Eat Now – More Please is published by Mitchell Beazley (£20).
Comedian & broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli is a regular face on our TV screens. He has reported for BBC1’s The One Show, and appeared on Question Time, This Week with Andrew Neil & Newsnight Review. He was runner-up on the first series of Celebrity Masterchef, which led to two series for UKTV Food, New British Kitchen & Chefs and the City. He is also a judge for the Organic Food Awards 2009.
Lyndy Redding trained as a chef & in 1997 helped to found Absolute Taste, which is now one of London’s leading catering & events companies, working on high-profile events such as Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday dinner. In partnership with Gordon Ramsay she owns the Tante Marie School of Cookery in Surrey
Following a career as a musician, Levi Roots won national fame with his appearance on BBC2’s Dragon’s Den; his Reggae Reggae Sauce is now stocked in all major supermarkets in the UK. Star of BBC2’s Caribbean Food Made Easy with Levi Roots & he has an accompanying book of the same name (BBC, £17.99). He owns the Battersea restaurant Papine Jerk Centre (8 Lavender Road, SW11 2UG; 020 7924 2288).
Benares’ Michelin-starred chef, Atul Kochhar, talks Tania Daniels through the kitchen of his Osterley home