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Allegra McEvedy MBE is a chef, writer and broadcaster. She has run the kitchens in a number of high profile restaurants including The Groucho club, The River Cafe and Robert de Niro’s New York based Tribeca Grill.

In 2003, Allegra co-founded LEON, the award-winning, healthy, fast-food restaurant group, which was named the "Best New Restaurant in Great Britain" at the Observer Food Monthly Awards. In 2008 LEON won the Palme d’Or for the Best Restaurant Concept in Europe.

Allegra was Chef in Residence at The Guardian for three years until 2009, as well as hosting a quarterly "cookalong", the internet’s first live, interactive and illustrated cooking class. Her series Economy Gastronomy for the BBC

She is the author of five books – the latest being Bought, Borrowed & Stolen: Recipes and Knives from a Travelling Chef. Allegra has been a Patron of The Food Chain since 2009 and is currently advising on operations and logistics in the new Acorn House kitchen.

Allegra says “Wherever you are in the world, there’s no better way of giving people joy than by handing them a plate of food made with love … and watching them love it too” which resonates beautifully with our own philosophy.

 

Sir Cameron Macintosh is a British theatrical producer, described by the New York Times as the most successful, powerful and influential producer of our time. His career started as a stage hand at the Theatre Royal, Drury lane.

He has produced some of the most successful and longest running shows in London and Internationally including Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, and Boubil and Schonberg’s Miss Saigon and Les Miserables.

He was knighted in 1996 for his services to musical theatre, the same year that he agreed to become a Patron of The Food Chain.

 

Rt Hon Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury is a Labour politician and former cabinet minister. In 1984 he was the first MP to openly declare he was gay and in 2005 he publicly announced his HIV diagnosis, moved by Nelson Mandela’s announcement of his son’s death from AIDS.

In 1997 he was appointed as the first Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. He was made a life peer in 2005. He was appointed Chair of the Environment Agency in 2008 and continues in this role today.

As Patron of The Food Chain, Lord Smith most recently spoke movingly about his work and life at a lunch to promote the first Spring Office Picnic to London businesses in 2011.

 

Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster. He was born in London where he still lives and writes for the Observer, where he is a feature writer and restaurant critic.

His varied television work includes appearances as a judge in multiple series of Masterchef, and part of the expert panel on Top Chef Masters for Bravo, a spinoff from the hit TV show Top Chef. He is also the resident food pundit for The One Show. In 2012 he became the host of the food panel show The Kitchen Cabinet for BBC Radio 4.

He is the author of four novels and three works of non-fiction. His latest book, A Greedy Man in a Hungry World, about the challenges of food security in the 21st Century, was published in spring 2013.

Jay became Food Chain Patron in November 2013 having already spoken at our Green Apple Dinner in 2012 and more recently visited Acorn House and met some of the people who benefit from our services at Eating Together. In 2014, Jay was actively involved in several fundraising initiatives, including the Spring Office Picnic. His jazz quartet performed at our autumn fundraiser, The Food Chain at The Foundling, where Jay starred on the piano. Jay was instrumental in helping promote the event, also delivering a special hour-long talk to guests on the night.

 

Jimmy Somerville is a Scottish pop singer and song writer. His success includes number ones internationally with ‘Don’t leave me this way’ and bestselling albums with Bronski Beat and the Communards.

Jimmy solo career since started in 1988 when the communards split and he has had a number of hits. More recently he has produced a number of dance and acoustic albums.

Jimmy worked in the kitchen as a hands-on Food Chain volunteer for years before becoming Patron in 1996.

 

Jonathan Harvey is an accomplished British playwright, having won numerous awards including National Girobank Young Writer of the Year, The Evening Standard’s most promising playwright award and the George Devine award.

His TV works include Coronation Street (since 2004) and the BBC comedy series Gimme Gimme Gimme. In 1996, a screen adaptation of his play Beautiful Thing was produced by channel four.
In Hushabye Mountain and Jonathan’s most recent play Canary, the storyline is focused on HIV & AIDS.

Jonathan has been a Patron of The Food Chain since 1996 and most recently hosted a gala reception and performance of Canary in Aid of The Food Chain.

 

Julian Clary is a comedian and novelist. After graduating, Julian began working on the cabaret circuit in the early 1980s.

His TV break came in 1989 with an ITV quiz show called Trick or Treat, and since then he's been a regular on the nations TV screens with appearances on Strictly Come Dancing, Who Do You Think You Are, Celebrity Big Brother and many more. Julian is a regular panelist on Radio 4's 'Just a Minute' and continues to tour the UK and Australia with his one man shows.

Julian spoke at our Green Apple Dinner event in 2011 and encouraged donations totalling £627 for The Food Chain at his London stand-up shows in 2012.

In 2014, Julian won £25,000 for The Food Chain on ITV quiz show 'The Chase'!

 

Jack Monroe is a food blogger, active anti-poverty campaigner and successful author. She rose to prominence by sharing her experience of how to get by on the £10 a week she could then afford to spend on herself and her young son. Making inventive use of the best-value supermarket goods she could find, Jack wrote up her recipes on her online blog, A Girl Called Jack.

Jack joined as Patron of The Food Chain in October 2014.

Making inventive use of the best-value supermarket goods she could find, Jack wrote up her recipes on her online blog, A Girl Called Jack. - See more at: http://www.foodchain.org.uk/about-us/latest-news/jack-monroe-our-newest-patron-/#sthash.cWwVGQ3Z.dpuf

Jack rose to prominence by sharing her experience of how to get by on the £10 per week she could afford to spend on food for herself and her young son. Making inventive use of the best-value supermarket goods she could find, Jack wrote up her recipes on her online blog, A Girl Called Jack. She also shared her feelings about what a struggle it is to survive on a low income, a plight that faces 95% of Food Chain service users.

Jack is an active anti-poverty campaigner and successful author. Her second book, A Year in 120 Recipes is published today (23 October).

- See more at: http://www.foodchain.org.uk/about-us/latest-news/jack-monroe-our-newest-patron-/#sthash.cWwVGQ3Z.dpuf

Jack rose to prominence by sharing her experience of how to get by on the £10 per week she could afford to spend on food for herself and her young son. Making inventive use of the best-value supermarket goods she could find, Jack wrote up her recipes on her online blog, A Girl Called Jack. She also shared her feelings about what a struggle it is to survive on a low income, a plight that faces 95% of Food Chain service users.

Jack is an active anti-poverty campaigner and successful author. Her second book, A Year in 120 Recipes is published today (23 October).

- See more at: http://www.foodchain.org.uk/about-us/latest-news/jack-monroe-our-newest-patron-/#sthash.cWwVGQ3Z.dpuf