The seventh of twelve people, men and women, all of whom in their various ways work with food and all of whom are passionate about what they do. It's a truism to say there has been a revolution in food but these twelve have all taken fresh approaches: all have a sense of rootedness and authenticity. It was a great pleasure meeting all of them: from the lovely Jeremy Lee working in a down-to-earth way at his grand and history-imbued Quo Vadis to the three artisan producers at Spa Terminus: extraordinary people working enormously hard at what they love. Our great thanks to them all.

Rachel Khoo is an English chef, writer and broadcaster. Born in Croydon, she studied at Saint Martins and worked briefly in fashion p.r. before moving to Paris where she learned patisserieat Le Cordon Bleau. She has written two cookery books published in French. Her third book, The Little Paris Kitchen, is also the name of her first TV series, famously and engagingly shot in the kitchen of her small Belleville apartment - where she also for a while ran a tiny, two cover restaurant.

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