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While you might think that the hot dog originated in America it was actually invented in Frankfurt, Germany, in the 13th Century. It entered America with German immigrants in the 19th Century and soon became a favourite street snack. The dish was then popularised in Britain by American GI's during WW2.
Apples originated in the Middle East more than 4000 years ago and did not arrive in Britain until the Roman era. However, cultivated apples arrived in Britain from France in 1066 following the Norman Conquest.
The Kebab is believed to have been invented in Persia (modern day Iran), when soldiers skewered their catch on their swords and roasted it over an open fire. However, both Greece and Turkey also lay claim to having invented our favourite end-of-evening snack. What is clear is that it was actually first put in a pitta bread with salad by a Turkish takeaway owner in Berlin in the 1970s.
Carrots have been used in sweet cakes since the medieval period when other sweeteners, such as sugar, were hard to come by. While the origins of carrot cake are disputed, it most likely first came from Norway. The popularity of carrot cake was probably revived in Britain because of rationing during the Second World War and the scarcity of sugar.
Pepper is native to South East Asia and has been used in Indian cooking since at least 2BC. While the Romans brought it to Europe it was not until the British East India Company began to import it 300 years ago that it became common over here.
The quintessential classic British meal actually originated in Europe. The chips came from France or Belgium while fried fish was first introduced to Britain by Jewish refugees fleeing religious persecution in Spain and Portugal during the 17th Century. The two ingredients were finally combined on the streets of London’s East End in 1860 and have been a British classic ever since.
Daniel Galmiche was born in Lure in the Franche-Comté region of France. His grandparents ran an organic farm, he hunted in the country with his father and family meals consisted of their own home-grown produce, so Daniel became interested in food and cooking at an early age.
After leaving school he took up a three-year apprentice with Chef Yves Lalloz in the spa town of Luxeuil-les-Bains. Yves ran a fine restaurant with a farm attached, replicating Daniel’s childhood by enabling him to work with ingredients from the field to the plate.
Daniel's career has taken him all over the world, including Sweden and France. He has also worked at restaurants all over Britain, from Bristol and Scotland to Reading and Berkshire; in London, he worked at the highly acclaimed Le Gavroche under the tutelage of Michel Roux.
Daniel has cooked at events around the world - at The Regency Intercontinental in Bahrain for a festival of fine food where he prepared gourmet dinners and held cooking classes. He has taught at a cookery school in southern France and, as a passionate cyclist, is extremely health conscious, loving sport almost as much as cooking.
Suzy Pelta is a mum of three who just loves cooking. In May she won Lorraine’s Cake Club Competition on ITV’s Lorraine Show with her original recipe of a chocolate and banana cake with a peanut butter frosting.
She runs a blog dedicated to her love of food and uses it to share her family’s recipes and baking tips. Her blog can be found at:
Fiona is best known for her role as the main anchor on GMTV for over 10 years, having begun as an entertainment correspondent in 1993.
Since leaving GMTV in 2008, she has been a guest on the ITV breakfast show Lorraine and has also appeared on Loose Women and the dancing show Strictly Come Dancing.
As well as presenting, Fiona is a supporter of many charities that have regularly affected her family and has helped raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. She is a patron for Barnardos, Alzheimer’s Society and Age Concern and in 2011 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University.
Fiona has a column in the Daily Mirror and is a HOPE not hate patron.
Emma Crowhurst has worked as a chef in some of London’s top restaurants. She was Head Teacher at the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine in Kensington before co-presenting BBC2’s Food and Drink programme with Antony Worrall Thompson.
She has also appeared on Ready, Steady Cook, Celebrity Chef, The Weakest Link and the Generation Game.
Since moving from London to Suffolk, Emma has established a catering business and leads cookery courses at The Cookery Rooms but will shortly move to The Cookhouse at The Suffolk Food Hall.
She is the author of ‘Men in the Kitchen’.
Visit her website: http://www.emmacrowhurst.co.uk/
From the age of four Maria knew she wanted to be a chef. “Food and cooking is in my blood having grown up in my parents’ restaurant in London. The kitchen fascinated me, I loved to watch my Greek-Cypriot dad rushing up and down the stove tossing pots and pans about like a whirlwind.”
Tony is a British journalist who began his career writing for NME in 1976. In the nineties he became a regular on the live BBC panel show, Late Review. After a series of controversial documentaries, he became a columnist for the Daily Telegraph.
Tony is the author of the No 1 bestseller Man and Boy (1999) and in 2009 he signed a three-book contract with HarperCollins.
Today, Tony writes a monthly column for GQ magazine and a weekly column for the Daily Mirror. He is a big supporter of HOPE not hate and has written several articles of our campaign supplements over the years.
Beverley released her debut album in 1995 and has released six albums to date. In 2006 she starred in the hit BBC show Just the Two of Us and hosted four seasons of the BBC Radio 2 station Beverley Knight’s Gospels.
Beverly is also known for her extensive charity work and is an active campaigner for Christian Aid, Stop AIDS Campaign and the Terrence Higgins Trust. She is also a HOPE not hate patron.
In 2007, she was made an MBE in recognition for her contribution to music and charitable work.
You can visit Beverley’s website at http://www.beverleyknight.com/
Levi Roots is a British-Jamaican reggae musician but now better known as a celebrity chef.
Born Keith Valentine Graham, Levi grew up in the small Jamaican village of Clarendon and it was his grandmother that he learnt the secrets and subtleties of mixing Caribbean flavours, herbs and spices. It was as a child he also fell in love with music and he went on play with James Brown. He became friends with Bob Marley during the reggae legend’s time in London and in 1992 he performed ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ for Nelson Mandela.
He became a household name after winning £50,000 on Dragon’s Den for his Reggae Reggae sauce. His appearance on the BBC show caught the attention of Sainsbury’s and before long 600 of their shops were selling the jerk barbecue sauce.
He has gone on to publish a number of cookery books, including Levi Roots' Reggae Reggae Cookbook (2008), Caribbean Food Made Easy (2009), Levi Roots Food for Friends (2010), Spice it Up (2011) and most recently Sweet (2011).
The Daily Mirror’s food columnist, Nadia was the winner of Celebrity Masterchef in 2007. She was previously an actress, starring in Casualty, The Bill and Eastenders. She also co-hosted the One Show with Adrian Chiles.
Nadia is the daughter of the Jordanian-born, English actor Nadim Sawlha and his English wife Roberta, and sister of television actress Julia Sawalha. She says that her passion for all things foodie began when she was a little girl. “I was brought up in an Anglo Arab home and our family mantra was ‘good food cooked with love feeds the soul as well as the body’.”
She presents the cookery section on ITV’s Lorraine and has regular columns in Best and Closer magazine.
In 2010 she wrote Stuffed Vine Leaves Saved My Life.
Simon Rimmer is the resident chef on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, which he co-hosts with Tim Lovejoy. The pair had previously hosted the BBC food programme Something for the Weekend. He is also the face of the cooking video website, Eat the Chef.
In 1990 he established Greens, a vegetarian restaurant in West Didsbury, Manchester, which the Guardian described as one of the most exciting new restaurants in the UK. It went on to win The Big Issue’s Restaurant of the Year. In 2006 he opened Earle, a restaurant for meat eaters, in Hale, Cheshire.
He has starred on numerous television cookery programmes, including hosting shows such as Livetime and Battle of the Chefs. He has also appeared regularly on programmes including This Morning, Granda Tonight, A Taste of Travel, Lunchtime Live and The Afternoon Show. He co-presented UKTV’s Great Food Live and the BBC’s To Buy or Not to Buy.
His first book, The Accidental Vegetarian, was published in October 2004. His second book, The Rebel Cook, was published in October 2006. His third book came out in spring 2008, it was co-written with Tim Lovejoy entitled Lazy Brunch, which is based on the feature in Something from the Weekend. In spring 2009, Mitchell Beazley published his fourth book, The Seasoned Vegetarian.
On becoming a patron for HOPE not hate, Simon says: "It's fantastic to become a patron of the Hope not Hate campaign. I'm a passionate believer that there's no place for racism in our country. Just looking at the food we think of British shows what an incredibly diverse country we are."
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