Cruise Ship Speakers

Food & Drink
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Robert Ash
Celebrity Chef
BBC Masterchef Finalist, Winner The Observer Chef Competition. Author.
Coming from: Brentford,  Middlesex  UK
Robert Ash is a former BBC Masterchef finalist, and winner of the prestigious Observer/ Rothschild Mouton Cadet Chef Competition. He is currently Chef/Patron at Robert Ash at Rue du Lac in Macon, South Burgundy, France, the successful cookery school he opened in 2004, which is host to guests and students from all over the world. "Robert’s passion for teaching defines him. More than anything, he has the patience to convey all of this to his audience in a way that makes perfect sense."

Sue Baic
Nutrition Scientist and Dietitian
MSc RD. Nutritionist & Dietitian. Author of Nutrition For Dummies
Coming from: Bristol,  Avon  UK
Sue is an experienced and passionate public speaker in nutrition and health with over 25 years’ experience working in the NHS, Public Health and teaching and research at the University of Bristol. She is noted for her lively, interactive and entertaining lecture style which brings the local world of food and nutrition on board. Sue has worked as a guest speaker on cruises in the Caribbean, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean and can provide a tailored enrichment programme with broad appeal to those interested in nutrition, health and positive ageing to enhance passenger experience.

Ying Chang Compestine
Author, Speaker, Expert on Cuisine, and Culture
Coming from: Lafayette,  California  USA
A leading national authority on Asian culture and cuisine, award-winning author, and former food editor for Martha Stewart's Whole Living magazine, Ying Chang Compestine is the multi-talented author of 20 books including fiction, picture books, and five cookbooks. Her middle grade novel, Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, has won numerous awards, and her picture book, Crouching Tiger, won the Panda Book Award in China and the Morning Calm Award in South Korea.

Rosalind Cooper
Wine & Food
Diploma of the Wine & Spirit Association, MA in French
Coming from: London,    UK
Rosalind began her career in California, leading wine tours and tasting wines for a wine warehouse near San Francisco. She then ran her own California wine import business in the UK. In recent years, Rosalind has written wine columns for many printed and online publications. Rosalind is passionate about wine, food and travel, which she sees as inseparable and complementary; the good things in life.

Jenny A Deeprose
International Food Expert and Journalist
Coming from: Redhill,  Surrey  UK
Jenny is an international cheese judge and a member of the worldwide Guilde des Fromagers. Her passion for cheese has also extended to other foods, particularly exploring the history and production of regional specialities. For the past 8 years she has been judging the prestigious Great Taste Awards, whose distinctive logo denotes high quality artisan food. An experienced speaker, Jenny draws on her years as a professsional food journalist, passionate about the food she researches for published articles. Her lectures highlight local markets; regional restaurant specialities; the world of spices and seasonings.

Peter Dingle
Health and Wellness
Coming from: South Fremantle,  Western Australia  Australia
Nobody knows health and wellness like Dr Peter Dingle, Australia’s most engaging and innovative thought leader on the topics of health and wellness. Dr Dingle has spent the past 30 years as a researcher, educator, communicator and author. Formerly an associate professor at Murdoch University, Dr D has written 15 books on health and living well. One of the most informative and entertaining health speakers in Australia, he gives you the real facts on evidence-based wellness. He presents cutting-edge research findings in an accessible, down-to-earth manner—and is known for his straight-shooting style, sense of humour and the occasional magic trick or juggling display.

Sula Leon
Cookery Expert
AIAMA - Home Economist
Coming from: Altrincham,    UK
Sula Leon is a Cookery Expert Extraordinaire. For 20 years Sula ran her own cookery school, which was known as the 'Master Classes in Food and Wine', in partnership with the TV presenter and author Evelyn Rose. Sula was the lead demonstrator, and people came from all over the country to participate in the classes. She is the author of two 'best sellers'. Sula's main strength is as a front of house performer - with food.

Sandy Leong
History
Coming from: Loughborough,  Leicestershire  UK
Sandy Leong is passionate about the history that isn't in the history books. She is a lively and entertaining speaker bringing to life the origins of many things that we take for granted. She is also a trainer & published author and has had a lifelong career as an educator and developer of people; she is a qualified teacher, past CEO of a Racial Equality Council and guest lecturer at universities and colleges of further education. Sandy is an active member of the National Association of Speakers Club, holding the Advanced Speaker Award.

Roger Luckenbach
Planet Earth, Marine Biology & Anthropology
Ph.D.
Coming from: Carmel Valley,  CA  USA
Roger Luckenbach holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and combines a unique background of academics, research, exploration , adventure travel, film production and writing. As a distinguished, if peripatetic professor he won recognition for teaching and research excellence. He served as a research scientist /curator for the Smithsonian, as well as several museums and aquaria. For over 50 years, Roger has organized, and taught both over-seas study programs including tropical biology courses in Central & South America and a number of SCUBA-based coral reef ecology programs in the Caribbean, Central America, and the South Pacific.

Jennipher Marshall-Jenkinson
Inspirational Cook & Healthy Eating Guru
Coming from: Bray,  Berkshire  UK
Jennipher has been a ‘healthy eating guru’ and ‘inspirational cook’ for many years. She has been Chairman of the Microwave Technologies Association since 2003. Her work promoting healthy eating and environmentally friendly cooking methods prompted a nomination for ‘Business Woman of the Year’, and regular cooking programmes on BBC radio also provide frequent invitations to give cooking shows around the UK.

Frances McNaughton
Sugar-Craft Artist & Tutor, Celebrity & Author
Coming from: Bexhill on sea,  East Sussex  UK
Frances’s sugarcraft books have become international bestsellers. She has been a tutor and demonstrator since 1987, teaching all aspects of cake decorating and sugarcraft to students from beginner to advanced level. She travels all over Europe providing demonstrations and workshops for exhibitions, shops, groups and clubs. On cruises her demonstrations and mini workshops include modelling with sugar paste and chocolate to create sugar flowers and models, and she talks about her film and advert involvement.

Joseph Micallef
Age of Exploration, Military and Maritime History
Published Author, Fox News and CNN Commentator, Keynote Speaker
Coming from: Tualatin,  Oregon  USA
Joseph V. Micallef is a historian, best selling author, keynote speaker and commentator on military and international affairs. He has produced, directed or written dozens of documentary programs on military history and world politics as well as written a number of books. He has an M.Sc. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs. Joseph has lectured extensively on military history and world affairs at a variety of venues, and also frequently speaks on the history of food, wine and spirits. He is fluent in Italian and English.

Paulette Mitchell
Cookbook Author & Enrichment Speaker
Coming from: Minneapolis,  Minnesota  USA
Paulette Mitchell, the internationally-known author of 13 cookbooks, presents lectures featuring her photos from 130 countries. She explores off-the-beaten paths capturing destinations’ intrinsic allure in the elements of cultures and cuisines. She advises guests on insightful photo composition. Among her favorite subjects are the enigmatic faces of people. Paulette’s lectures offer firsthand advice on seeing the world as a traveler rather than as a tourist. She can also provide destination-specific Signature Menus, cooking demonstrations, and classes featuring cuisines of the ports.

Dr Simon Poole
Health, Nutrition & Food
Medical Doctor
Coming from: Cambridge,  Cambridgeshire  UK
Dr Simon Poole is a Cambridge based physician, author, broadcaster and acclaimed international authority on the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, explaining and celebrating the combination of wonderful ingredients in this beautiful cuisine which can add years to life. 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 regular articles in the Guardian, magazines such as Cook Vegetarian, as well as international, radio and television appearances.

Paul Riley
Popular Science, Astronomy & Food Science
BSc, MSc, PhD
Coming from: Wirral,    UK
After academic life reading chemistry Paul joined Unilever’s Personal Care Products Group. He has talks on the history of everyday products, often humorous with amusing anecdotes, that we use on a daily basis thinking little about them: tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, sugar, makeup, deodorants, toothpaste and soap. For the festive season Paul has talks on the history of our Christmas traditions. With his academic background he has talks on astronomy but from the perspective of chemistry – looking at the world around us how did its building blocks and those for life originate?

Richard Rosano
Novelist and Wine Writer
Wine, Food, and Travel Writer
Coming from: Potomac,  MD  USA
Dick Rosano has been writing about wine, food, and travel for many years. His long-running columns have appeared in The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, Country Inns, United Airlines Hemispheres magazine, and many other nationally distributed publications. In a writing career that has spanned three decades, he has been the featured commenter – in print and in person – on every region of the world. Dick has lectured on wine for the American Institute of Food and Wine, the National Italian-American Foundation, and at the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, and at many conferences around the United States.

Geoff Talbot
Food Scientist & Technologist
BSc, CChem, FRSC, FIFST
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Geoff has spent over 45 years in the food industry with Unilever and as an independent consultant (The Fat Consultant). He has advised food companies and the UK Government on the use of oils and fats in foods. He lectures on Chocolate – its history, production and nutrition, Ice cream, The role of fats in our diet. Olive oil, particular diets such as The Mediterranean Diet. His portfolio of talks is gradually being extended to cover food topics relevant to particular geographical areas and dietary needs.

Gillian Walnes Perry MBE
Social History & Destinations
Was CEO of the Anne Frank Trust UK for 26 years
Coming from: Southampton,  Hampshire  UK
Gillian was the CEO of the Anne Frank Trust UK for 26 years and is well known internationally for this. She retired from running the charity in 2016 and now lectures on the ‘Life and Inspiring Legacy of Anne Frank’, as well as other social history topics. Gillian has travelled extensively around the UK and internationally as a speaker and setting up educational projects and campaigns. She has met Presidents, Prime Ministers, royalty and people who actually knew Anne and have shared first hand recollections about her. She uses her engaging presentation skills to lecture on a range of popular social history topics, geared to the cruise destinations.

Stephen Wilson
Scientist
CSCi, CChem FRSC
Coming from: Whitehaven,    UK
Stephen has had a scientific career of over 35 years working in the nuclear industry, mainly at Sellafield – where he continues to work today. His scientific career started with a test tube, some uranium and a pen and paper - as there were no computers - culminating in the operation of a multi billion pound chemical plant employing 2000 people. His visual presentation of science, interspersed with everyday anecdotes allows a wide range of audiences to enjoy chemistry as an everyday science. Stephen’s speciality is weaving together scientific history, whilst linking to current scientific thinking.

Dr Karen Woodman
Destination History & Culture
Coming from: Brisbane,  Queensland  Australia
Dr Karen Woodman is a retired university professor, who is an entertaining cruise enrichment speaker on topics such as history, education, street art, culture, dance, language, and food as they relate to cruise destinations. Karen is also an avid social dancer who enjoys sharing her love of dance, the benefits of social dance, and the mind-body connection. She has traveled extensively, including North and South America, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, the Caribbean, Cuba, Europe, Scandinavia, and South-East Asia.