Host Ambassador 2015

Alena Melnikova

Russia

So called «Russian PR Machine» with more than 12 years of experience in Ho.Re.Ca marketing, advertising, pr & events, now specialized in start-ups & consulting.
 
Since 2011 till now a brand-ambassador for S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.
 
Drives such projects as Acqua Panna Chefs Discovery with regular gala-dinners of grand chefs from all over the world in St.Petersburg & Moscow.  
 
Since 2013 arranges PR support for Award Ceremony Where To Eat, also represents PMI bar & chef Ivan Berezutskiy world wide.
 
Traveller, food-lover, blogger & story teller always stays tuned. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Carlo Spinelli

Italy

He has a Degree in Arts and Humanities and is a perpetual student at the Ancient History Faculty. He travels, eats and writes in random order for ItaliaSquisita, Rolling Stone, Wired, La Cucina Italiana and Artribune. In the meanwhile he changes nappies, hosts the tv-shows IlMangiadischi on the internet and Foodieteller on Sky, writes books on culinary history and thinks about gastronomic comic strips.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cemre Narim

Turkey

Based in Istanbul, Cemre Narin is the food editor at Vogue Turkey and Condé Nast Traveller Turkey. With a degree in marketing and an M.A. in clinical psychology, she often carries her diverse background to her monthly articles about food culture. She travels for stories in her home country and around the world, dragging most of the time her two boys and husband along to her culinary expeditions. She’s the Turkey, Greece and Balkans regional chair for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. She’s also a restaurant consultant and a cookbook author so when not travelling, can be found in the kitchen developing new recipes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Christine Salins

Australia

With her finger on the pulse of Australia’s thriving hospitality scene, Christine Salins is one of the country’s most experienced and influential creators of food, wine and travel content.
An award-winning journalist, she honed her skills as a food and wine writer while working at The Canberra Times, the leading newspaper of Australia’s capital city. She spent eight years as Food & Wine Editor, gaining a vast network of contacts and a valuable insight into all facets of the hospitality industry.
In 2003, Christine took the leap into freelance food, wine and travel writing, leading her on a worldwide search for the very best food, wine and travel experiences. Her work has appeared in prestigious publications such as Australian Good Taste, Australian Traveller, Vacations & Travel, Reader’s Digest and the Qantas in-flight magazine.
She has contributed to a number of books, including Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Best of Australian Food, and her reviews have appeared in numerous restaurant guides.
Christine was an early convert to digital media, establishing her very popular Food Wine Travel website more than a decade ago. She has a strong following on social media and posts a weekly food and travel column on PS News (weekly audience 1 million+). She is a regular presenter on Melbourne radio 87.8FM and a regular contributor to trade magazines National Liquor News and Hospitality.
An active member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, Christine believes that gathering around a table to share a meal is one of the best recipes for world harmony.

Blog:  www.foodwinetravel.com.au

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Daniel Gray

South Korea

Daniel Gray is a Korean-American Adoptee that returned to Korea in 2005 to rediscover his roots. He is a Digital Media and Korean food expert that has consulted and many brands including PF Changs, Diagio, Outback Steakhouse, Agrosuper, The Korean Tourism Organization, the OECD, and Phillips Electronics. He also has video production experience and has worked on and appeared on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain, the Kimchi Chronicles, Gourmet Diaries of a Foodie, Unravel Travel, and much more.He has worked in the tourism and hospitality industry from 2010-2015 as a director of marketing and tours. He is currently the tour and events president of Delectable Travels which is part of the iFamily Corporation.
In his free time, he writes and photographs food, culture and travel topics. He writes on his blog Seoul Eats and he has an upcoming book on his adoptee experiences.
 

Blog: www.seouleats.com
Company: Delectable Travels (www.delectabletravels.com)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Enrico Cleva

Canada

Enrico G. Cleva is an accomplished architect, interior designer and international consultant working in the architectural and design sectors. His clients include corporations, real estate developers, professional and industry associations, expositions, conferences and manufacturers in both Europe and North america.
Graduated from Politecnico di Milano in Architecture he worked for architectural firms with a portfolio of large scale, high-end residential, hospitality and commercial clients.
In 2005 he founded ec&co. focused on the adaptive reuse of industrial buildings into residential and commercial uses and in addition to large scale projects, Enrico has completed numerous residential design renovations for private clients.
Since 2007 his firm ec&co. works with international publishing company, Moleskine, he signed the project of their world headquarter in Milan and guided them through numerous expansions.
From 2009 until 2012, Enrico merged his team with the international firm Work Architects, becoming Partner and Director of the Milan office, managing Milan based multinational clients. During this partnership, he was chosen to open a new branch of the firm in Bucharest, Romania, where he worked on urban planning, residential and hospitality projects.
He is actually the European liaison consultant for the Interior Designers of Canada, for ASID - American Society of Interior Designers and International Business Development Manager for the IIDEXCanada exposition.
Enrico has consulted to international expositions like the Interior Design Show in Toronto, the furniture show MIFF - Malaysia International Furniture Fair, the Real Estate show Cityscape Dubai. In Italy he worked on international projects with the fairs of Milan, Verona and Pordenone.
He is a professional speaker on Interior Design and Architecture trends and have been invited at international events, conferences and expos in Italy, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore.
Enrico also writes about international trades shows and exhibitions in Europe and Asia for the magazine Canadian Interiors.

www.cleva.it
enrico@cleva.it

 
 
 
 

Judy Sebastian

United Arab Emirates

Judy Sebastian is a Dubai based food safety consultant who is also the author of Food She Blogged.
Having specialized in food biotechnology, Judy aims at bridging the gap between consumers and suppliers in the field of HORECA. Her work not only involves travel but also meeting personalities behind the brands that represent various sectors of the food and beverage industries.

She has recently taken up blogging, in particular food and travel blogging, to increase the consumers' awareness on food safety. When she isn't designing kitchens or food trucks, she illustrates for fun and some of her work have been shipped to art lovers that love illustrations with a dash of quirky.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kalyan Karmakar

India

Kalyan is a Mumbai-based food blogger and columnist who loves to travel in search of local tastes. He is at his happiest when eating at small, family-run places. His blog Finely Chopped won the Best Food Blog Award in 2013 and 2014 at the Food Bloggers Association of India awards.

He is the lead critic for Mumbai at EazyDiner, the editor at large for the India Food Network and is a columnist for Femina. He is also the Chief Chowzter for Mumbai, and conducts food walks in the city. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Leiti Hsu

United States

Leiti hosts a weekly live radio show called "WORD OF MOUTH with Leiti Hsu" on Heritage Radio Network. Guests are the best chefs and restaurateurs in the world, and they talk not just food and wine but also love, fear, business, pleasure.

This Kevin Bacon of dining connects food people for a living. She works with chefs, sommeliers, big brands, tech startups–those doing what’s most innovative and delicious. Leiti is a regular speaker and moderator at The Culinary Institute of America, UCLA and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Clients have included the likes of Twitter, Unilever, Cover, Baldor, David Rosengarten, Plated, and Thrillist. You may have seen her in Forbes, Eater, NYMag Grubstreet, Cosmopolitan, Town & Country, Eater and First We Feast.

Connect with Leiti:

 
 
 
 

#WOMshow #AskLeiti

 
 
 
 

Luciana Bianchi

South America

Luciana Bianchi is an Italian–Brazilian journalist, book author and trained chef with a background in Molecular Science. A frequent traveller and food researcher with more than 20 years experience in the field, she has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, cooked for celebrities, interviewed most of the best international chefs, and has published work in 14 countries. She is an Associate Lecture at Basque Culinary Centre and a gastronomy consultant for M&C Saatchi.

Luciana is a member of the Guild of Food Writers UK, and a regular contributor of several magazines and newspaper in the UK, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. She is one of the authors of the Identità Golose Food Guide, and of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Guide and Blog. Her latest book - Brazilian Food - winner of The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, is published worldwide.

www.luciana-bianchi.com

 
 
 
 
 
 

Melinda Joe

Japan

Melinda Joe is an American journalist in Tokyo specializing in food and drinks. She writes two columns for The Japan Times and is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal Asia, FOUR Magazine, and CNN. Her work has appeared in a number of publications such as Ryori Tsushin (The Cuisine Magazine) in Japan, Newsweek, and the South China Morning Post Style Magazine, among others. A certified sake and wine professional, she has judged sake and wine at London’s International Wine Challenge since 2012. Melinda is the Asia panel chairperson for FOUR Magazine's Rising Star awards, which recognizes emerging culinary talent in the Asia-Australia region.

She posts at @MelindaJoe on Twitter and @melindarjoe on Instagram.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Nelson Carvalheiro

Portugal

Nelson Carvalheiro grew up with his grandparents in a small farming village of central Portugal and soon learned to value the “Portuguese Gastronomical heritage”
At the start of 2014, a mere 6 months after founding his blog, he is declared FITUR’s European Travel Blogger. In 2015 he wins the 2015 World FITUR Travel Blogger.
He writes in English to the world, showcasing Portugal as his identity and a brand which he takes with him wherever he travels.
People, Travel and Food are the reasons why Nelson decided to hit the road, and fundamental what led him to trade the world of luxury hospitality for a pen, some paper and a camera.
He is a firm believer in cultural identity through gastronomy. He constantly seeks little and intimate details, as he believes they are a destination’s culture in its raw state.
He fell in love in a trip to Germany and now Berlin is his home.  
“The Portuguese Travel Cookbook”, his is most recent project in partnership with APTECE. It is his way to pay tribute to the true bastions of Traditional Portuguese Cuisine, who make it their daily mission to give life through food to the greatest from of Portuguese Identity.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Qin Xie

China

Qin Xie is an internationally published food, wine and travel journalist. Based in London, she travels frequently around the world, reporting on destinations, restaurants, trends and the people that make them happen. Her work has appeared on CNN, Condé Nast Traveller and Lonely Planet amongst others. As well as being a trained chef, she is also the co-author of “Hunan: A Lifetime of Secrets from Mr Peng’s Chinese Kitchen”, published by Random House in 2014. It was one of the 20 best food books of 2014 according to Observer Food Monthly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rachel Walker

UK

Rachel Walker is the food and drinks editor at Reader's Digest, freelance food writer and advisor. She has had work published in various national publications, from The Telegraph to Stylist. She is a regular contributor to Great British Chefs and Fish on Friday - a site run by The Guild of Fishmongers  - and has done advisory work with brands such as Unilever and Kellog's.

Rachel lives with her husband in Bethnal Green, East London, where spends a lot of time cooking and developing recipes on her pistachio-coloured AGA. As a brand ambassador for the historic company, she also gives cooking demonstrations in her home. From smoking salmon in a bin in her back yard, to exploring the future of aquaponics and ocean management, Rachel is interested in both culinary heritage and also future trends which will change the way we eat.

Blog: www.thefoodieat.org

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stefan Maiwald

Germany

Stefan Maiwald is one of the most influential German food, travel, and lifestyle writers. A former editor of the travel magazine GLOBO, he now writes for GQ, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Feinschmecker, GEO Saison, Merian, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Furthermore, he wrote the best-selling novel »Laura, Leo, Luca, and me – how to survive in an Italian family«. His latest books are »The search for the very best pasta – an adventure trip through Italy«, and »How to become a world-famous chef in just one week – a self-experiment«.
He lives with his Italian wife and two daughters in Munich and Grado, a beautiful island between Venice and Trieste.