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Padma Lakshmi keynote speaker for events

Padma Lakshmi is an Emmy-nominated food expert, television host, producer, and a New York Times bestselling author.


Padma is the creator, host, and executive producer of the James Beard Award-winning Hulu series Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi. She is also well known for serving as host and executive producer of Bravo’s Emmy-winning series Top Chef.


Padma is the author of several New York Times bestselling books, including her memoir Love, Loss, and What We Ate.


Named one of TIME's most influential people in 2023, Padma is an ACLU Artist Ambassador for immigrants' rights and women's rights.


She is also co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound), a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and a Visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Padma is a sought-after speaker and host on topics including women’s empowerment, mental health, social justice, and philanthropy.



Gordon Ramsay keynote speaker for events

Gordon Ramsay became head chef of Aubergine in London, and within three years Aubergine was awarded two Michelin stars. At the age of 35, Ramsay opened Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in 1998, and quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the culinary world – three Michelin stars. Today, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is London’s longest-running restaurant to hold this award, and Ramsay is one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three stars. Gordon also holds a Michelin star at his other London restaurant Pétrus in Knightsbridge. \In addition to his stars in the UK, Gordon holds two stars at Le Pressoir d'Argent in Bordeaux and one star at Gordon Ramsay au Trianon in Versailles. 

 

Now internationally renowned and holding 7 Michelin stars, Ramsay has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe, from Singapore to the United States. In the UK, the Gordon Ramsay Restaurants has locations across major cities including London, Edinburgh, Manchester & Liverpool. These include iconic brands such as Lucky Cat, Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill, Bread Street Kitchen, Heddon Street Kitchen, Street Pizza and Street Burger.  

 

Ramsay has also become a star of the small screen both in the US and internationally, with four top-rated FOX shows that air in more than 200 territories worldwide. These critically-acclaimed shows include HELL’S KITCHEN, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JR., 24 HOURS TO HELL & BACK, GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED and THE F-WORD, as well as UK shows: GORDON, GINO AND FRED: ROADTRIP, GORDON RAMSAY ON COCAINE, CULINARY GENIUS, GORDON BEHIND BARS, ULTIMATE COOKERY COURSE, GORDON’S GREAT ESCAPES and GORDON RAMSAY: SHARK BAIT. In 2016, Ramsay launched his own independent next-generation production company, Studio Ramsay, that develops shows and formats for the U.K., U.S. and digital properties. 

 

While best known as a celebrity chef now, Ramsay is successful in a variety of other ventures outside of food and television. Most notably as a published author, Ramsay has released a number of books, many of which have become bestsellers around the world; including his autobiography, Roasting in Hell's Kitchen. Aside from this, Ramsay has a global partnership with WWRD (Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton), which offers quality home and lifestyle products as well as HEXCLAD offering high performance cookware. 


In 2006, in recognition of all that Ramsay has contributed to the industry, he received an Order of the British Empire awarded by Queen Elizabeth II.



Martha Stewart keynote speaker for events

Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.


She is the author of nearly 100 lifestyle books, including the bestsellers Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook, Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook, and Martha Stewart's Cooking School.


Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which includes publishing, internet, and broadcasting media platforms, also has a growing retail presence with products in thousands of retail locations. 


Since founding her company, Martha has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women” by Fortune magazine five times.


She reaches more than 100 million devoted fans on a monthly basis through her magazines, television shows, books, digital platforms, and products for the home.



Tom Colicchio keynote speaker for events

Tom Colicchio, a culinary icon, developed his passion for food during his upbringing, learning from his mother and grandmother. Encouraged by his father, he embarked on a career in cooking. Inspired by Jacques Pépin's manuals, he honed his skills and made his debut at Evelyn’s Seafood Restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey, at 17.


In 2001, Tom opened Craft one block south of Gramercy Tavern. Soon after, The New York Times awarded Craft with three stars, deeming the restaurant “a vision of food heaven.” Craft was awarded The James Beard Foundation Award for “Best New Restaurant” in 2002.


That same year, Tom received The Bon Appétit American Food and Entertaining Award for “Chef of the Year.” The New York Times revisited Craft in September 2011, ten years after its debut, upholding its three stars and stating that the restaurant is “as magical and delicious as it was when it opened.”


Crafted Hospitality, currently includes New York’s Craft, Riverpark, and Temple Court; Craft Los Angeles; Las Vegas’ Heritage Steak and Craftsteak; and Small Batch in Garden City, NY. Tom has published three cookbooks to date. The first, Think Like a Chef (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2000), won The James Beard Foundation “KitchenAid” Cookbook Award in May 2001.


Since 2006, Tom has been applying his experience and expertise to cable television as the head judge on Bravo’s hit reality cooking series Top Chef. The Emmy-winning show is currently in its 18th season. In May of 2010, Colicchio was awarded The James Beard Foundation’s coveted “Outstanding Chef” award, the culmination of his 30 years of hard work in the restaurant industry.


Tom and his restaurants give back to the community by supporting charities including Children of Bellevue, City Harvest, Alex’s Lemonade Foundation, United Way of New York, and Food Bank for New York City. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Lori Silverbush, and three sons.




Carla Hall keynote speaker for events

Carla Hall stars across Food Network's linear and digital programming, taking part in Halloween Baking Championship, Holiday Baking Championship, Worst Cooks in America, and Food Network’s Kitchen app.


She can also currently be seen hosting the MAX Original, Chasing Flavor with Carla Hall as she travels around the world to track down the unexpected lineage of dishes we think are quintessentially American.


Carla was the former co-host of ABC’s Emmy award-winning, popular lifestyle series The Chew, and appeared on ABC’s Strahan and Sara.


Her podcast, Say Yes! with Carla Hall, features conversations with people who have found success all while overcoming personal and professional challenges.


Her latest book, Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, takes us back to her Nashville roots to offer a fresh look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine and the rich history behind it.


Carla cultivates audiences with discussing “Discovering Your Authentic Self”, “Finding My Roots Through Food” and “Growth and Transformation Through Facing Your Fears”.



Antoni Porowski speaker for events

Antoni Porowski is a New York Times bestselling author and star of Netflix’s hit series Queer Eye, which has won “Outstanding Structured Reality Program” for six consecutive years.


As the show’s food and wine expert, the self-taught cook brings with him a lifelong passion for food, later honed in restaurants from Montreal to New York and under mentor Ted Allen, original Fab Five food and wine expert.


Antoni’s first cookbook, Antoni in the Kitchen, debuted at #2 on the New York Times’ Best Seller List and was followed by Antoni: Let’s Do Dinner.


Antoni brings his lifelong passion for food to Yummers, his pet food brand co-founded alongside Queer Eye castmate Jonathan Van Ness, and pet industry veteran Rebecca Frechette Rudisch.


He is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights everywhere and serves on the board of the Equaversity Foundation which was established to organize international fundraising to support the LGBTQ+ community in his family’s native Poland.







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