Our Team


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Carlos Montes. Director.

He has led entrepreneurship and health projects for Cisco, the Department of Health, Accenture and the Big Lottery Fund. Previously, he has worked for the World Bank (USA) and led evaluation of programmes worth more than £10 billion for the EU Council of Ministers. Carlos was appointed Associate of the UK Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in recognition for his management and evaluation expertise. Carlos holds post graduate degrees in Economics from Yale University and Columbia University. He leads the collaboration between Food Academy and research programmes with Queen Mary University, the Medical Research Council and public health placements with Kings College London. In 2011, Carlos put together the funding and set up and successfully managed the first Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food in London. Carlos received cooking training by the Jamie Oliver team and thanks to this he has become a keen cook! Carlos is a Springboard Ambassador promoting the Hospitality and Catering industry.

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San Channa. Operations Director.

Sandeep is a nutrition professional and a trained cook. As part of the Food Academy team, she has become a well known face in Newham and participated in most of our more 300 events! Sandeep received Jamie Oliver’s training to become a Ministry of Food instructor trainer and also training to become a “Trainer of Trainers.” Previously she delivered projects for the NHS: “Cook and Eat” programmes providing cooking and nutrition advice to homeless people and the elderly and nutritional guidance for overweight children under MEND (Mind Exercise Nutrition and Do It programme). For NHS Chelsea, she reviewed Children’s Centres recipes using the NUTMEG programme and for NHS Brent, she worked with Children Centres providing mothers with weening advice, working with children that were fussy eaters. Sandeep has received culinary training from the award winning School of Wok Oriental and gained a Level 2 Award in Culinary Arts. Sandeep was an Olympic Torchbearer in 2012 in recognition of her remarkable community spirit and her cheerfulness and kindness! Sandeep holds a BSC in Nutrition from London Metropolitan University. She achieved this while working Sundays from 5am at Sainsbury’s Beckton! She is a registered Associate Public Health Nutritionist. Sandeep has lived all her life in East London.

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Matthew Cockerill. Director.

Matt is co-founder of 1000 Cookbooks and of Bio-Med Central, the first and largest open access science publisher. Bio-Med Central pioneered the open access publishing model where all peer-reviewed research articles published are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BMC was acquired by Springer in 2008. 1000 cookbooks collects and shares the finest food content, including a ranking of the best 1000 cookbooks as judged by a panel of leading Chefs and food experts. Matt is a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Cambridge University working on the cell cycle with Tim Hunt (2001 Nobel Prize) at the Imperial College Research Fund.

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MaryJo Hoyne. Head of Hospitality training

Mary Jo followed a classical apprenticeship as a Chef, working in iconic places in the hospitality industry. She has worked as a Chef at Harrod’s Harvey Nichols, Park Lane Hilton, Union Bank of Switzerland and has worked with Anton Mosimann. She was the first woman Pastry Chef to receive the prestigious Palmes Culinaires from the Association Culinaire Francaise. MaryJo holds a BSc in International Cuisine, a Certificate in Education and a MA in Food Policy. Maryjo helped to set up the training and subsequent cohorts for Jamie Oliver’s First Fifteen project as well as the First Hell’s Kitchen. MaryJo has brought these skills to education, spending 10 years raising the food education profile in different settings across London. She has been head of school hospitality at Haringey Council, Head of School Service Industries in Waltham Forest College and currently runs a fab training restaurant in a local College! MaryJo has cooked in the best restaurants in London and with the best Chefs!

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Jeremy Pang. Partner Chef.

Delivering Get Into Hospitality, a gold standard programme of cookery classes and work experience that gets great jobs for unemployed young people. Jeremy is a celebrity Chef with two best selling books and the founder and School of Wok, an award-winning cookery school in London. Jeremy comes from three generations of Chinese chefs and having studied at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, there is very little that this food enthusiast doesn’t know about Eastern cuisine. Jeremy attributes his love of food to his father, who was keen for him to experience exciting flavours and exotic foods as a Jeremy’s expertise in the Chinese food industry has continued to gain recognition. Jeremy was a contributor to Nigel’s Simple Cooking series an has appeared on Sunday Brunch, The Big Eat, Blue Peter, Nigel and Adams Farm Kitchen.

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Ben Purton. Partner Chef.

Ben has worked as an executive chef for a number of high-profile brands, with the Royal Hourseguards Hotel ‘s One Twenty One Two (recipient of two AA rosettes), Selfridges, Hyatt Regency and Goldman Sachs on his culinary CV. He was appointed as the Lancaster’s Executive Chef in 2014, giving him responsibility over an 85-strong kitchen brigade, as well as over the Lancaster’s Apprentice Scheme. Ben is renowned for his passion and dedication for giving back to the community. Whether this is training ex-offenders and giving them a much needed second chance to succeed in the workplace, organising work placements for students, judging Springboard’s Future Chef Competition, or auctioning himself as a prize for charity, Ben always goes above and beyond

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Annemarie Knight. Nutrition and Dietetics Associate.

Annemarie coordinates the programme of Public Health work/research placements between Kings College London and Food Academy and other special research projects. Annemarie is Programme Director for the undergraduate and postgraduate Dietetics programmes and a Lecturer at King’s College London. Before joining Kings College London, Annemarie was Dietetic Services Manager at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and she worked as a dietitian in several London teaching hospital specialising in nutrition and gastroenterology. Annemarie’s research interests include food service and public health. She holds a BSC Hons, in Nutrition and Dietetics from Trinity College and a Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University.


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Levi Roots. Patron

Young people and children’s programmes. Levi is the most successful entrepreneur to emerge from the popular Channel 4’s Dragon Den television programme and with strong support for his Reggae Reggae sauce from Peter Jones. Today the Reggae Reggae brand is a product well known across the UK and Levi Roots is a TV personality, celebrity Chef and a Reggae musician with a new album! Levi runs a multi-million business. However, Levi Roots has not forgotten where all started and he is a Prince’s Trust Ambassador and supports their cooking programmes for young adults (which Food Academy delivers) and spends considerable part of his time giving inspiring talks on his journey to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds all over the country.

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Lord Mawson. Patron.

Founded the Bromley- by-Bow Centre in East London, Community Action Network (CAN) and Poplar Harca (one of the first housing companies). He co-founded One Church 100 Uses CIC and launched Water City Group to create and implement a vision for East London revitalised by the opportunities of the 21st Century and the 2012 Olympic Games. Andrew was made a life Peer in 2007 in recognition for the social impact of his work. He is also the best selling author of the book, “The Social Entrepreneur: Making Communities Work” and Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation. Andrew has inspired the work of Food Academy where everything is possible…

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Sophie Radcliffe. Sports challenges and Physical Activity Lead.

Sports challenges and Physical Activity Lead. At Food Academy we believe that good performance and wellbeing depends not only on enjoying good food but as importantly on enjoying physical activities and being active. Sophie is fanatical about making fitness and adventures fun for everyone. Sophie is an endurance athlete and sports writer that challenges her limits through climbing, cycling and running. Sophie’s activities aim to show us that we can all achieve more than we think and they help us to develop confidence, resilience and drive to achieve more across all areas of life. Sophie has completed challenges such as a world-first by cycling the Alps and climbing their highest mountains in one month, cycled London to Amsterdam in 48 hours and ran London to Brighton (62 miles). Previously, Sophie excelled building and leading business development for MVF, the UK’s fastest growing tech company, winners of the Sunday Times Best Companies Award. Sophie holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of York.