Slow Food England Ark Advisory Board
Peter comes from a family of retailers, food manufacturers and farmers with four retail shops and four markets within the North West of England.
He started farming Wild Boar and rare breed pigs in 1993.
Sillfield Farm was one of the original retail stalls at London’s Borough Market, trading there between 1998 and 2015.
Peter has appeared frequently on television and radio, most recently as a judge for the Food and Farming Awards on The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4. In 2000, Peter started a Slow Food group (Convivium) in the North West of England.
He has been a specialist advisor to the Ark of Taste in the UK since 2010. Sillfield Farm have exhibited and sold Cumbrian food products at Terra Madre in 2004, 2006, 2008, and in 2010 attended with the Community (association) of Traditional Cumberland Sausage makers. In 2014 Peter was selected to attend as a UK delegate.
An Italian chef, horticulturist and wild food academic from Venice, his unique expertise lies in the traditional knowledge of ingredients, from fungi to plants and animals. He works as a Senior Practitioner in horticulture at Writtle University, Essex. Claudio has worked with Slow Food in Italy and the UK, and in 2004 was “the nettles chef” of “the 1000 chefs at Terra Madre”.
Claudio originally learned foraging skills as a survival chef in the Italian army. His experience since then has led him to the conclusion that “free food” obtained by foraging local wild ingredients is not sustainable. To him, “Wild Food” seems to contradict common sense: wild areas are protected and should be respected.
Ned studied Philosophy at Sussex University and worked in the theatre before seeing the light and becoming a cheese monger.
He worked first at the Gorwydd Caerphilly stall at Borough Market, and soon moved on to work at the British cheese shop, Neal’s Yard Dairy, where he spent six years tending cheeses as they matured in the cellar, and travelled around the country visiting cheese-makers and asking questions.
After leaving Neal’s Yard Dairy he took over the Caerphilly stall at Borough Market, which was a bit like coming home. Ned now runs private and corporate cheese tastings, and is writing his first book about cheese.
A member of Slow Food since 2002, and a member of its London committee since 2009, Alistair helped initiate the Slow Food London Approval and Awards Schemes for retailers and artisan producers.
He has regularly attended Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre as a delegate for Slow Food London. He also visited the Cheese festival in the city of Bra in 2013 and 2015.
In 2015 Alistair elected as Coordinator for England of the Chef Alliance andArk of Taste.
As a professional retailer of food and wine for over thirty years, and as a trader at Borough Market between 2000 and 2008, he has acquired a wide knowledge of food.
He is also a keen market shopper and curious cook.