At 36, Angela Hartnett has become one of the most high profile women in the restaurant world.
Antony Worrall Thompson, or Wozza as he is known, is the popular presenter of Daily Cooks Challenge and Saturday Cooks.
Atul was awarded 'Outstanding Contribution to the Curry Industry' at the 2005 British Curry Awards.
During his training at cooking college, Bryn picked up two awards, ‘Student of the Year’ and took second place in the nationwide Roux Scholarship competition.
I have spent the bulk of my life in North Norfolk and feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the World. As far as I’m concerned there’s nowhere better!
Gary's first culinary success was a traditional lemon sponge made for his family when he was 14. It was the pleasure of that occasion that encouraged him to go to catering college at Broadstairs in Kent.
Birmingham native Glynn Purnell is one of the country’s culinary rising stars. He's also been a major influence in putting his home city firmly on the culinary map. Glynn is chef-proprietor of Purnell's, in Birmingham's financial district. He was previously head chef at Jessica's restaurant, where he earned a Michelin star in 2005.
Jeremy developed his knowledge of modern European food while working with Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum.
Rochdale-born Mark has been executive head chef at the Conran Bluebird restaurant since 2004.
I was not quite sure what career path to take on leaving school but from a very early age I had always had a love of food
Matt is a passionate exponent of modern British cooking, using only the best locally sourced ingredients in simple, honest recipes. He believes in ‘rustic, informal cookery - not towers of spun sugar’.
Describing his food as clean, simple and classic, Nathan Outlaw has a fabulous reputation among chefs in Britain. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw holds one Michelin stars, with the second on the rise.
Noel McMeel is executive head chef of Castle Leslie estate and cookery school in Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland.
As well as appearing on a number of TV shows, Paul Rankin runs a successful restaurant business, the Rankin Group, in his native Belfast. His wife Jeanne is also a familiar face, cooking alongside him.
Richard Corrigan has worked on some prestigious events including preparing lunch at 10 Downing Street for Tony Blair and the King & Queen of Jordan.
Simon Rimmer opened his vegetarian restaurant, Greens in Manchester, in 1990, armed with only two cookery books and no idea how to cook.
Stephen Terry is chef-proprietor of The Hardwick, a country pub-restaurant in Abergavenny.
Tom Kitchin, head chef at The Kitchin restaurant, is one of Scotland's most talented young chefs. He opened The Kitchin on Leith's waterfront in June 2006, with the aim of showcasing seasonal Scottish produce prepared using the techniques of classic French cookery. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in January 2007.