Judy Ridgway is an acclaimed food writer and international expert on olive oil. She was trained by the then EEC and commissioned to define a now generally accepted vocabulary for describing olive oil, she was also the first non-Italian judge to sit on the judging panel of the prestigious Leone d’Oro Awards for olive oil in Italy.
She travels frequently to the producing regions where she meets the growers and visits the mills, tasting oils along the way. Her visits include in-depth experience of the local diet tasting food in family-run restaurants and in the homes of the growers. She is also in regular contact with specialist cooking schools, university agricultural departments and research institutes.
She assesses quality, taste and flavour in extra virgin olive oils for growers and producers world-wide. She also gives advice on product choices and conducts staff training sessions for leading importers, wholesalers and retailers. Consumer tastings include one-day tasting and appreciation classes in London and Brighton and seminars at food exhibitions, gourmet clubs and Slow Food groups.
Judy is often the first port of call for journalists, radio and TV researchers and producers planning articles and programmes on olive oil. She also has extensive first-hand experience of radio and TV as an interviewee.
Previous books featuring olive oil include two editions of Judy Ridgway’s Best Olive Oil Buys Round the World, The Olive Oil Companion and Remarkable Recipes from the people who really know about extra virgin olive oil – the producers. She has also written a number of other books on various aspects of food and wine including Food for Sport and Fitness and The Wine Tasting Class which was nominated for a Julia Child Award in America.
Dr Simon Poole
Dr Simon Poole MBBS DRCOG is a Cambridge based medical doctor, author, broadcaster and commentator with a particular expertise in the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, explaining and celebrating the combination of wonderful ingredients in this beautiful cuisine which can add years to life.
Simon qualified as a doctor from the University of London in 1987. He has been a partner at a family medical practice in Cambridge since 1992, one of the few to be rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. He has held a position teaching at the Department of Primary Care of Cambridge University and has also held roles in Clinical Governance and Commissioning as well as participating in National Health Service public health projects such as the National Cardiovascular Strategy. He is a member of Council of the highly influential US based True Health Initiative. He is a member of the Public Health Medicine Committee and General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association as well as a Council member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Simon has regularly published on the subject of nutrition and lifestyle and public health in scientific journals including Nutrition and Food Science and the International Journal of Clinical Practice in addition to articles in the Guardian, for magazines such as Cook Vegetarian and Body Language and local as well as international radio and television appearances.
Conference addresses in recent years have included institutions such as; The National Association of Primary Care, The Royal College of General Practitioners and the International Congress of the European Society of Cardiology, The Food and Drink Network, The Italian Trade Commission, the Fine Food Fair at OIympia as well as the Institute of Health Sciences of the USA and at Oldways in Boston.
Simon has worked with chefs of international repute including Francesco Mazzei, Giancarlo Caldesi and Georgio Locatelli. However, perhaps most rewarding are the regular public presentations, cooking seminars and olive oil tasting.