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Chef Presenters 

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James Graham:

chef presenter

James Graham (right) has been our lead presenter since late 2009.  James has presented to many high profile chefs and establishments.  He has presented at The National Chef of the Year's Mentor Day with all eight finalists and Chair of Judges, Phil Howard, present, as well as Master Classes for the likes of Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurants.  James has recently taken over the F&B operation as Head Chef at Bibury Court Hotel near Cirencester in Gloucestershire having previously been Chef Proprietor of his own restaurant, Allium which was Michelin listed since 2005 and situated in the Cotswold wool town of Fairford,  and included its own exclusive 12 seater Tasting Room where James cooked in front of his guests in an open kitchen and imparted his passion and knowledge to his customer.  His new restaurant James Graham at Bibury Court continues to serve modern cuisine using classic British culinary heritage with the latest modernist techniques and innovations. 

James possesses an unmatched passion for utilising the finest local produce and in his spare time loves to shoot wild deer and game for butchery and use in the restaurant.  Prior to Allium, James worked at the Wickham Vineyard in the heart of the Meon Valley, as well as Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Peter Gorton's Horn of Plenty, Le Petit Blanc in Oxford and Oxo Tower in London.  



Mel Jones:

Mel Jones

Mel Jones (left) is a Master of Wine, writer, broadcaster and web master.  She has been a Master of Wine since 2010 and carries authority on all things related to wine.  Mel currently gives consumer tastings in food and wine matching.  She is also the author of QuaffersOffers - a web site that allows shoppers to search and discuss current wine offers at supermarkets and specialist wine merchants.  Mel is always interested to promote awareness of wines to serious chefs and hear their opinions as they are already very in tune with flavours and keen to understand the language and science of wine.  Mel has another hat as a partner in Birds with Bottle, a duo that releases a new wine recommendation programme on YouTube every Thursday choosing wines to go with various foods and also occasions. She also runs the Master of Wine Practical group of students, giving tasting help to those who have passed the Theory part of the exam but need some extra help with tasting. She recommends wine on a weekly BBC radio slot.