The Food Fanatics

Chef, Baker, Cook?
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This section will have more information about the chefs, cooks, bakers and all-round legends who are sharing their passion for food, and teaching you lots of tips and tricks around the kitchen.​

Wendy Barrie

Wendy Barrie is a Scottish Thistle Award Regional Ambassador, professional cook, presenter, food writer and educator. Inspired to collaborate more with artisan producers and like-minded chefs, Wendy established her award-winning quality assured guides www.scottishfoodguide.scot and www.scottishcheesetrail.com in 2002. Dedicated to biodiversity and food heritage, Wendy is Scotland’s Leader for the Ark of Taste, and Slow…

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Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Since graduating with a Physiology degree, Lucinda has spent her career working with food. After training at Leiths School of Food and Wine and the Michelin-starred Bibendum Restaurant, she ran a successful catering company before returning to Leiths to teach. There, she co-authored the award winning Leiths Techniques Bible, focusing on the functionality of mainstream…

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Caroline Wengel

Caroline works for Scotland Food & Drink, an organisation that champions Scottish produce.  Before this she ran a brewery with her husband from the family pub and restaurant (The Fox & Hounds, Houston) which helped Caroline pick-up some top cooking tips – and having to feed 3 growing kids meant she had to learn fast! …

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Bill Caven

Bill Caven has been working in the catering trade for over 40 years and has been working for Gather & Gather for over thirteen years as head chef at two of their high profile clients SKY TV & now Lloyd’s Banking Group. Bill also assisted in the “Chef of the Year” team Scotland. Bill is…

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Lucia Ortisi - Chef

Lucia Ortisi

Lucia Ortisi, originally from Italy, is a qualified chef with a PgDip in Gastronomy from Queen Margaret University. Cookery has been a passion of hers ever since her mother taught her how to make fresh pasta back in Sicily, Italy. Making that fresh pasta taught her how important food is in giving people a sense…

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The Entertainment

Are you an entertainer?
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This section will have more information about the entertainers who will make these events even more fun, enjoyable and pass the time really quickly as you cook up a storm.

Sophie Rocks

Sophie Rocks

Originally hailing from the Shetland Islands, Sophie draws influence from her traditional roots but also harbours a passion for contemporary music, ranging anywhere from Berio to Bowie. Since graduating with a Masters in Music (Distinction) from the Royal Northern College in 2018, Sophie has enjoyed a vibrant and diverse freelance career. As a soloist, Sophie has…

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Laura-Jayne Singer Guitarist Songwriter

Laura-Jayne

Originally from Northern Ireland, Laura-Jayne started performing from the age of 6 on local TV shows. She has been singing, writing and playing guitar professionally from the age of 16. In 2004, she moved to the UK to study Music and Performance, during which time she sang in numerous function groups and several of her…

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James Bradshaw

Pop / Soul vocalist, James Bradshaw, 23, honed his craft at the Royal Northern College of Music from the age of 16 as a classical singer and since become a full-time songwriter and session vocalist & piano player. James’ songwriting has taken from performances around Europe, overseas to Los Angeles where he made his debut…

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Gillian Cullen

Gillian Cullen

Gillian has worked at Scotland Food & Drink for more than nine years, as Finance and Office Manager, and loves it there! At weekends she sings in China Blue, duo travelling all over Scotland, from Thurso to Castle Douglas, Eyemouth to Benbecula! Mother of two, granny of one, she loves spending quality time with her…

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Francesca Ortisi

Francesca Ortisi

Francesca Ortisi is a singer and songwriter based in Edinburgh. She is attending the HND Music course at Edinburgh College. She released a single in 2019 called “Dear Mother” while performing as main singer in the Pop/Rock function band The New Waves.

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Mike Lean

Mike Lean has been playing and hosting folk music events for many years. Well known in the “scene”, Mike has played with many other top-level “fiddlers” and folk musicians. Not only a talented musician, Mike Lean has a huge brain! He is a professor of human nutrition, has a masters from Cambridge University, and is…

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