Elisabeth Allaman currently holds the position of Vice President, Commercial Integration at IOC Television & Marketing Services SA.
Elisabeth’s role is to ensure the development, promotion, and continuity of the OCOG and NOC commercial programmes and their compatibility with the IOC’s sponsorship (TOP) and licensing programmes.
She is leading the Commercial Integration team which monitors the delivery of TOP Partners’ products and services at the Olympic Games, manages the NOC rights acquisition process for TOP and global licensing programmes, develops and implements the IOC global licensing strategy, oversees the development and implementation of the marketing education programmes to OCOG and NOC, and support the candidature process for all commercial aspects.
Elisabeth joined the IOC in 1999 and combines a legal background with sports marketing experience. She is a lawyer, graduating from Universities of Pierre Mendès-France (France) and Kent (UK) and holds a post graduate degree in European Law from the European Studies Institute (University of François-Rabelais).
Elisabeth is both French and Swiss.
Marta Ballesteros holds a bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration and has been working in the licensing business for over 17 years.
Marta started her career at Deloitte, where she lead financial and strategic consultancy projects for International groups.
She was headhunted to join Chupa Chups licensing division in 2001 as a Category Manager to support the international licensing business. Currently she co manages the division and leverages it to be recognized as one of the key players in the F&B licensing industry.
Marta’s extensive experience in the industry includes in-depth knowledge about best-in-class licensees, retailers, merchandising, publishing, marketing, promotions and events. Her main responsibilities include the licensing strategy, pitching, and client relationship management. Having a background in finance, Marta is the numbers wizard of the PvM Licensing business.
In view of the successful expansion of the Chupa Chups lifestyle licensing program, the brand owner Perfetti Van Melle Group has appointed Marta to internationally develop the Food&Beverage licensing expansion for the brand, as well as new licensing opportunities for other Perfetti Van Melle brands, such as Mentos.
David Born is Owner and Founder of Born Licensing. Born Licensing was established in 2014 to be a bridge between the licensing and advertising industries. Born Licensing has worked on campaigns that licensed IP with Moneysupermarket, Tesco, T-Mobile, Subaru, Just Eat, KFC, Barclaycard, EA Sports, Ovo Energy, Facebook, Instagram, Comic Relief and many more. These campaigns have been seen in all corners of the world including UK, USA, Australia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, India and more. Prior to starting Born Licensing, David Born was Manager of FMCG & Promotions Australia and New Zealand at Warner Bros. Consumer Products followed by Head of FMCG & Promotions EMEA at Cartoon Network.
Drew Bristow is a Brighton based illustrator, comic artist and designer. He is the creator of Blubz, the Messy Little Monsters series and co-creator of children’s comic Ramlock Investigates, to name but a few of his notable projects. When he’s not busy doodling, he can be found juggling his three cats (figuratively of course) and writing music.
Gavin Brown has 20+ years experience managing and marketing sports and lifestyle brands. Since 2013 he has focused on researching, writing and speaking on the role of licensing within the attention economy, while building a database charting more than 10,000 brand x brand relationships. He now helps clients both within and outside the licensing system to build and implement innovation plans that involve borrowing and lending cachet.
Jenny’s passion is to work with people and brands to reach their true potential. Following 20 years in the sports/fashion sector, she has developed strong relationships within the industry. Her training as a Sculptor has given her a uniquely creative approach to building brands. She has infectious enthusiasm which drives teams towards their strategic goals within specialist brand environments. Following a number of commercial roles with Ralph Lauren, Lyle and Scott and the Richemont Group, she joined The R&A 18 months ago to head up their Retail and Licensing Business. This role brings 2 loves together: Golf and brand building. Her goal is to inspire people to fall in love with the game. Jenny’s other interests include travelling, exercise and just about any activity in the sun!
I am very much in the start-up phase of my business. It is a massive career change for me as I am currently working in the Pharmaceutical industry and have done since University. I have always loved to draw and have done so whenever I can. I love animals and this is mainly what I focus on. I have often been encouraged to pursue a change towards a career in design and have finally taken the plunge. My style can be described as colourful, characterful and essentially quirky with an emphasis on pattern and a hint of retro.
Pete Cartlidge is director at toy invention company, Fuse London. Since 2001, Fuse has been inventing and licensing ideas to leading companies and their brands such as Barbie, Fisher-Price, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Monster High, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Disney Princess, My Little Pony and Polly Pocket
Matthieu Sylphe has a solid track record in several renowned French communications agencies and big-size international companies. He has a keen understanding of today's marketing transformations and is Sylphe's best asset for managing big-size projects involving the cooperation of top-grade influencers
A senior entertainment marketing and licensing executive with over twenty years of experience in branded character franchise development. Principal areas of expertise include IP financing and commercial development alongside the creation of integrated marketing campaigns across movie, TV & digital platforms, and brand extensions into licensed merchandise and live events.
Most recently a co-exec producer on Aardman’s Early Man and Shaun the Sheep movie’s.
Christine grew up in Belgium but soon her passion for languages made her move out to Spain after getting a bachelor degree as an interpreter. In Barcelona she took up a master in foreign trade and marketing management in the Esade business school. She started her career in international banking as a relationship manager for Dutch startup companies in Spain. Later she joined the confectionery company Chupa Chups to coordinate the group’s global relations and the first licensing deals of Chupa Chups. Aware of the brand’s potential, she put the international licensing business on track and managed its expansion. Today, as co manager of the division, she sets the overall strategy for the licensing business of Perfetti van Melle and has leveraged what has become a booming licensing business with eight brands. She is also the sweet news whisperer in the licensing industry and loves the challenge of creating a point of difference for the brands in various business cultures around the globe.
Ping Coombes won MasterChef 2014, stunning the judges with food inspired by her Malaysian heritage.
Born and raised in the town of Ipoh in Malaysia, which is famous for its pomelo fruit, chicken noodles and Ipoh white coffee, Ping grew up with amazing food around her and was inspired by her mother’s cookery. She began to inherit traditional skills, starting with the basics - how to hold the ‘wok chan’ (the ladle). Perhaps most inspiring to Ping was her mother’s way of showing love and passion through cooking, something which is hugely important in Ping’s food ethos. Having lived in the UK and travelled around Europe, she draws inspiration from her heritage but delivers her food with modern twists adapting to ingredients that can be found locally.
This was apparent during MasterChef when she continued to wow the judges round after round with her take on Malaysian food delivered with modern adaptation, and since being crowned winner Ping has become a Malaysia Kitchen Ambassador, promoting Malaysian food around the UK and abroad. She was involved in the first MasterChef Pop Up in the UK that was sold out in record-breaking time. She has given talks about Malaysian food at the World Economic Forum in Davos and travels frequently to cook in various countries around the world. One of her latest projects will see her dishes featured in a brand new restaurant in Dubai.
Her recipes are frequently featured on the BBC Food website, various big food magazines and newspapers include Delicious, BBC Good Food Magazine, Olive Magazine, Good Things Magazine, The independent, Observer, Hello Magazine and OK Magazine to name a few.
Ping appeared in The Good Food Channel’s John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure broadcasted in 2016 and appears as guest chef on popular daytime talk shows such as ITV This Morning and Sunday Brunch. She launched her YouTube channel ‘in the kitchen with Ping Coombes’ showcasing simple and delicious recipes.
She is also a frequent fixture at some prominent food festivals in the UK including Taste of London, Pub in the Park and BBC Good Food Show. Her chef demonstrations are always very engaging and draw a large crowd.
Ping’s first book MALAYSIA has topped the Best Seller list on Amazon and regularly features in the movers and shakers list. It is in its 3rd reprint due to popular demand. MALAYSIA is also published in America and has been translated into Dutch. MALAYSIA won the Asia category in the Gourmand World Cookbook Award and will be representing UK in the category for The Best in the World event will be taking place in Yantai, China this year. Ping is also a contributor to two other MasterChef Cookbooks, MasterChef Streetfood and MasterChef Kitchen Bible. A third MasterChef cookbook is currently in production and due to be published next year.
Ping Pan Asian is Ping’s newest venture, located in Selfridges London and Manchester. It will feature quick, fresh and delicious Asian favourites also available as a takeaway at the deli. Opening in August 2018.
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Kelvyn has been involved in the international licensing business for over thirty years. A graduate of King’s College, London, his early business career led him into marketing and licensing with Italian children’s collectables company, Panini. After a successful period there Kelvyn and three colleagues started Merlin Publishing in 1989 to market licensed stickers and trading cards. The company grew throughout Europe and in just five years annual sales reached US $80 million. Merlin was the UK’s fastest-growing private company in 1995.
Since 1998 Kelvyn has worked as a consultant in the licensing industry through his company, Asgard Media. Clients include Yoplait, The Topps Company and Finsbury Food Group. At the 2013 Licensing Awards in London, Kelvyn was presented with the Honorary Achievement Award for his work in licensing. Kelvyn has spoken at conferences in London, Manchester, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris, New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, Delhi, Berlin, Seoul and Tokyo. He speaks good Italian, competent French and Spanish, and basic conversational Japanese. In 2017 Kelvyn featured prominently in the ITV documentary ‘Stuck on You’ recounting the history of football stickers.
Since 2006 he has held the mantle of Managing Director of the UK division of LIMA, the Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association. Kelvyn is also a trustee of the Light Fund, the licensing industry's independent charity.
Amanda has a PhD in neuropsychology, the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and over 20 years’ experience working with children and families. Widely considered as the UK’s go to expert on play, toys and child development, she combines her theoretical knowledge with a refreshingly pragmatic approach to family life, that resonates both with parents and professionals.
After over 25 years of developing and monetizing IP for leading global entertainment companies, Charlotte Hargreaves founded HEG an independent production company focusing on scripted drama and entertainment formats. Her skills and experience in international licensing, commercial development and managing complex rights has led her to hold senior positions at Disney, BBC Worldwide, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Atari. Working with major television shows, brands and films; Top Gear, The Weakest Link, Spider-Man, Disney characters and Atari games. An experienced expert witness, Charlotte has worked with lawyers in the UK and North America on high profile IP cases.
Charlotte is a regular speaker on IP and how to retain and maximize those rights. She’s a member of the Royal Television Society and Women in Film and Television.
Rob Harris heads up development at Modiphius, leading the design process behind the firm’s range of board games, card games and roleplaying games including Kung Fu Panda: The Board Game, Fallout: Wasteland Warfare and Star Trek Adventures. Away from the day job, he has cultivated one of the UK’s most passionate design communities in Playtest UK, a community of game designers who meet up monthly all across the UK to play each other’s games, give each other feedback, improve concepts and help each other get published.
With over 15 years’ experience in international marketing and brand management within the Media, Entertainment and Brand Licensing industries, Charlotte has amassed a deep knowledge of broadcast, brand development, marketing and consumer products. She has worked on an extensive range of children and adults’ brands including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, High School Musical, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and, more recently, Teletubbies, In the Night Garden and Twirlywoos.
Sophia Jansson is the niece of Tove Jansson (1914-2001), the illustrator, writer, and artist who achieved worldwide fame as the creator of the Moomins, a family of white and roundish trolls with large snouts. Sophia is chairman of the board and creative director of Moomin Characters Ltd, managing and protecting the company’s rights and licenses to Tove’s heritage and the original Moomin artwork. She carefully selects and co-directs all projects involved with her aunt’s heritage, whether it be collaborations with artists in exhibitions, authors for new books, or animation filmmakers.
Austrian based ULLA KLOPF is an experienced graphic designer, illustrator and artist, working in the creative industries for more than 25 years.
Storytelling and communication runs like a red thread through works from advent calendar illustrations for Milka chocolate to exhibitiondesign.
With the love for haptical impressions, a background in typesetting and letterpress printing and the vision to start something new, she and her partner Ute Baurecker founded the independant greeting card business PABUKU – The Quirky Paperie in 2015.
Bethany Koby is the co-founder and CEO of Tech Will Save Us, creators of award-winning make-it-yourself kits that fuse the power of play with the possibilities of technology. Koby is also a mum, designer, educator and entrepreneur. She is passionate about shaping a brighter future for kids by empowering them to create with rather than be fearful of, or passive to, technology.
In 2018, Koby was awarded Innovator of the Year at the Technology Playmaker Awards. Koby has also been named one of the Designer’s that Matter by Wired Magazine, one of the Top 50 Creative Leaders by Creative Review, Barclay’s Entrepreneur of the Year and has spoken at TED Kids, Resonate and Maker Faire, to name a few. Koby also contributed to Wired’s recent Generation Alpha report.
Originally from Los Angeles, Koby now lives in London with her husband and co-founder, Daniel Hirschmann and their son.
Celia Law the real person behind Doll Truth’s internet star Gail Grisham, the sassy little doll with the big attitude.
“Funny, brave and she always says what the rest of us are thinking.”
“So observant and hilarious.”
“Brilliant. Says what all normal mums are thinking.”
Dave has over 25 years of strategic planning experience working with blue chip companies on advertising, brand positioning, market segmentation, brand identity, retail marketing and NPD.
His commercial and strategic skill sets have been honed across a range of different client-side and agency planning roles. The first half of his career was forged on the client-side at SC Johnson, Nestle, Cadbury and Waterford Wedgwood. Moving over to the agency side he has worked across the full discipline spectrum including advertising, design and brand development.
He has extensive kids marketing experience having been the Planning Director of Logistix Kids, Europe’s leading kids and family marketing agency. During this time he was instrumental in developing the stand-alone toy division of Logistix Kids and worked on a number of consultancy projects for the likes of LEGO and Hasbro. Other kids and family accounts included Fritolay, Kellogg, Burger King, Masterfoods and Capri Sun.
Dave has been at advertising agency Brave for over 6 years and is the Planning Partner, working across all of Brave’s global clients, including Panasonic, Mattel, and John Frieda. In October 2017 Brave was acquired by Lagardere, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment marketing agencies.
Martina Longueira is Senior Marketing Manager at Sanrio Gmbh, the European arm of the global character licensing company Sanrio, whose global headquarters are in Tokyo, Japan.
Martina leads on marketing and communications of the Hello Kitty brand, across EMEA and Oceania, ensuring that brand partnerships and content-led campaigns drive increased demand for Hello Kitty with demonstrable commercial success. In addition to looking after this iconic, evergreen character, she is part of the team charged with diversifying Sanrio’s portfolio of characters in Europe.
Before joining Sanrio, Martina’s experience focused on sport management and marketing. For four years, she was a core member of the team that delivered and communicated International Inspiration, the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics international legacy programme. After the Games, she focused solely on marketing and communications, and joined Pentland Brands to manage sports marketing and brand campaigns at the licensed apparel and footwear brand ellesse.
Paolo Lucci is a marketing, branding and licensing specialist, with a professional experience at Ferrero, Hasbro and The Walt Disney Company Italia. He has been a licensing consultant since 2001 and founded Brand Jam in 2011 as a content and consultancy platform for clients including Ferrari, Luxottica, Ray-Ban, Campari Group and Replay. He is a guest lecturer on brand innovation at SDA Bocconi, Accademia del Lusso and IED Milan, and has published two books: Brand Jam (2010) and Backward & Forward (2018, with Stefano Sacchi).
Marika Makaroff is an award-winning content creator, producer, and creative director. As CEO and founder of Gutsy Animations, Marika has worked in media for over 20 years with past roles including creative director at Fremantle Media and Filmlance International and CEO at Fremantle Media Finland and Friday TV. In 2016, together with Aram Aflatuni she co-founded Gutsy to create high-quality, funny, clever and meaningful content with a global appeal. One of their first projects is ‘Moominvalley,’ an animated TV series based on the beloved Moomin books, on which Marika also works as creative director and executive producer. The series is directed by Steve Box (‘Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit’) and will premiere in spring 2019.
Formerly global principal creative at Vivid, Fi Murray now runs invention and innovation studio, Making Things. Based in Southsea, Portsmouth, Making Things focuses on inventing IP for products, brands and experiences across the toy and game space, the entertainment industries and the gifting arena.
Emily Nicholls is product development manager at Golden Bear. Nicholls Emily has product managed the Bush Baby world plush development (Golden Bear’s own IP) as well as working on licensed ranges spanning the likes of Twirlywoos, DC, Hey Duggee and Thomas and Friends.
David Nivelle is a French national with more than 15 years of experience working in international sports marketing.
After completing his business degree from Bordeaux Ecole de Management (Kedge), he started his professional career in sports working for the FIFA World Cup Local Organizing Committee in France in 1998 on the rights’ implementation of the events’ sponsors at the venue of Bordeaux.
In 1999, he joined Amaury Sport Organisation where he was responsible for managing the sponsorship sales and servicing for all running events including the International Paris Marathon and, from 2002, for all cycling events including the Tour de France.
In 2008, he obtained his MBA from UCLA Anderson after following a two-year programme in Los Angeles, USA.
After graduating from UCLA, he returned to Europe in London to join ESPN EMEA as the Associate Director of Business Development where he was responsible for the management and development of ESPN’s action sports franchise, the X Games, in the EMEA region. In 2010, he launched in France the first ever Winter X Games to take place outside the USA. Additionally, he worked on the development of ESPN footprint into the European media landscape, and was a member of the team who launched the first ever ESPN premium sports channel in the UK.
In 2012, he joined SportAccord, the Union of the International Sports Federations, as Director of Multi-Sports Games. In collaboration with the International Sports Federations, he developed and managed the World Combat Games in 2013 in Russia and the World Mind Games in China from 2012 to 2014.
In 2015, he joined FIBA as Marketing Director managing the global sponsorship and licensing rights, as well as the marketing services in the areas of branding, event promotion and research. In 2016, he was appointed to lead the newly created business unit FIBA Marketing following the strategic partnership closed between FIBA and Infront, one of the world's top rights agencies.
Zara Picken is an illustrator based in Lincoln, UK. She has been working as an illustrator since graduating from the University of the West of England in Bristol in 2008. Her bold, graphic work is created digitally and characterised by a distinctive tactile style.
She works with a diverse range of international clients, creating illustrations for editorial, publishing and advertising. Over the past decade Zara has worked with The Guardian, Waitrose and Macmillan Publishers, amongst many others.
Zara's work has received international recognition from 3x3 Professional Show, AOI Illustration Awards, Associazione Autori di Immagini, Creative Quarterly and Society of Illustrators.
Richard Pink is the owner of Pink Key Licensing and a specialist in Brand Licensing and Promotions. Pink Key Licensing manages programmes for Kellogg’s, Pringles , SLUSH PUPPiE, Jane Asher and Pan Am. He is Head of Awards at the Institute of Promotional Marketing and was previously Promotions Controller for Kellogg’s. He also won the Brand Ambassador of the Year award at the 2018 Brand and Lifestyle Awards.
After completing a degree in creative arts I worked as an in-house designer for Boots where I gained invaluable experience within brand development, creative direction and marketing across the business. After a number of years and a spell working overseas in Japan, I made a career jump into the greetings card industry. The creativity and freedom of this new role as Creative director gave me lots of opportunity to work alongside many outstanding artists and photographers. I really enjoy the challenges of license development, working with some great iconic brands such as Life, V&A, Transport for London and more recently Designers Guild, as well as smaller independent artists, makers and agencies (and even the occasional social media star!) to bring fresh ideas to life within a really exciting industry.
Tom has a strong background in commercial management of a diverse range of properties across all categories with such leading licensing agencies as CPLG, IMG and ITV. His vast and varied experience with IP includes sports, collegiate, entertainment, movie and classic brands, including: Liverpool FC, Minions, Power Rangers, Care Bears and now Teletubbies, In the Night Garden and Twirlywoos.
Hannah began her career in licensing after several years in technology start-ups and a degree in Illustration & Animation. She joined Sanrio at the start of 2016 and heads up marketing and digital for Mr. Men Little Miss and Gudetama. Hannah has a strong focus on creative thinking whilst ensuring marketing campaigns are supportive of sales.
Steve Scebelo serves as vice president, licensing and business development for NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association, which has been named LIMA’s Best Sports Licensing Program on multiple
occasions. NFL Players Inc. is the exclusive source to connect partners and their customers directly with all active NFL players, and provides clients with B2B solutions including group player licensing rights, marketing strategy and player engagement. In his role, Scebelo oversees business development, licensing and marketing operations, which includes leading a team responsible for representing the intellectual property for a group of more than 2,000 current NFL players, plus a roster of more than 70 digital, apparel, and hardlines licensees responsible for $1.6B in retail sales.
Scebelo also serves as the president of newly formed REP Worldwide, the first-of-its-kind group player representation business that provides licensing and brand management services to athlete-driven and sports properties. Founding partners of REP Worldwide include the United States Women’s National Team Players Association and Women’s National Basketball Players Association.
Over the course of his career, Scebelo has increased domestic and international merchandise licensing revenues for world-class brands in the sports, consumer products, and media industries, including directing the $500 million North American retail licensing program for The Coca-Cola Company and extensive work in sports licensing via management positions at the NBA, the 1996 Olympic Games, and Major League Baseball.
Prior to joining NFL Players Inc., Scebelo was principal in TM317, a boutique licensing and merchandising agency that served a roster of sports and entertainment properties. He also spent several years as senior vice president of cross-platform marketing at Gemstar-TV Guide, where he led integrated marketing efforts and oversaw consumer engagement and social media initiatives. As senior vice president of merchandise licensing, he grew the TV Guide program from a start-up to a $50 million endeavor for which TV Guide was nominated as LIMA’s Best Corporate Brand License of the Year.
Kira Schroeder is a producer at Moomin Characters Ltd in Helsinki, working with content production and approvals of Moomin products and partnerships. She has a background in journalism and communication, with a Master’s degree in Communications from Helsinki University and a Bachelor of Business administration from The Swedish School of Economics. She was the publicist for Helsinki International Film Festival for two years and has worked as a film critic, foreign news reporter and tv host at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle. She is co-founder of Outhouse Media, which has produced tv and audio content for public broadcasters and commercial clients in Finland and the Nordics.
Sabrina joined the licensing world as an intern at Marvel Entertainment in 2008 and has worked at TLC, The Beano and 20th Century Fox. She is currently the Senior Licensing Manager at Sanrio, managing all categories for the global icon Hello Kitty, British classic Mr Men Little Miss plus newer additions to the Sanrio portfolio including the quirky Gudetama and Aggretsuko. Sabrina enjoys shaping brand strategy and thinking of new ways to extend the brands whilst staying true to their DNA.
As a former Data Analyst, Samy had the invaluable opportunity to grasp not only how to interpret complex data in a technical sense, but also the value-added of such analysis in terms of business and marketing insights as well as the fundamental need to deploy plural and complementary approaches to their use within the influencers realm.
Serena Sibbald is Vice President of Brand Development at Beanstalk. Serena originally took a degree in fashion and textiles, but soon realised that she wanted to extend well beyond design and originally joined Beanstalk in 1994. She now has over 20 years in developing strategy and executing licensing programmes across a wide variety of fashion, corporate and celebrity clients. She oversees and drives business development for many of the agency’s food and fashion clients across Europe, ME and Asia, including European and Australasian responsibility for the Diageo account. She is also global lead for the Paris Hilton, Alessi and Matthew Williamson accounts. Additional and prior client experience includes The Coca-Cola Company, Chupa Chups, TGIF, Harley-Davidson, Aquascutum and Stanley.
Co-Owner, creative and writer at The Real Monster Show, fan of creating stories, characters and strategy specialist.
She worked for many years in the advertising and entertainment industry for leader global brands. She believes that promoting good values and fun, can save the world. Creating stories and content for kids is her superpower.
Millions watched Kenny Tutt crowned as this year’s MasterChef Winner, following on from the ‘make-my-heart-thump fantastic’ dishes he created for the final.
Cooking runs in Kenny’s family; he says that his Mum (who had a wonderful cameo in the MasterChef final) is a fantastic cook & that he’s been cooking alongside her since he was a child. His Dad instilled in him the value of being able to cook a mean Full English. A great life lesson!
On leaving school, some travelling beckoned which opened up Kenny’s culinary mind to a breadth of food cultures, heritage & flavours – he says there’s nothing more exciting than exploring all of these new things, and then putting them into practice in his own kitchen.
Having threatened to apply for MasterChef for a number of years, it wasn’t until his wife put the laptop under his nose & said ‘you’re doing it’, that he finally got up the courage to put his money where his knife was. Despite being an experienced home cook, getting to the finals was a fairy tale moment for Worthing based Kenny. “No-one prepares you for how hard it is in that kitchen working to strict times under the watchful eyes of John and Gregg. They are cracking guys and it was great to get the chance to cook for them both. I think they have both done great things for the industry as a whole.”
Kenny cites his influences as some of those who were on the scene as he was growing up – larger than life Keith Floyd, Gary Rhodes, Paul Rankin, Jamie Oliver & Rick Stein. He thinks they all have something in common though, namely making food more accessible, but most importantly, the way that food & cooking brings people together.
Kenny’s passionate about so many aspects of cooking & food, that it’s difficult to pinpoint anything specific that really drives him. “I love reading about food, eating out and trying new cuisines, creating and going through a process to strive for perfection. I am also passionate about taking classic dishes and elevating them. It’s important for me to keep the heart of the dish and this is something that I really learnt in the competition.”
So what’s next? Is it back to the bank for Kenny? First it’s back to the kitchen! Kenny’s eager to work alongside some of his chef heroes, so will be kicking off with some stages over the coming months.
Co-Owner, Creative Director and Designer at The Real Monster Show, a license full of color and joy about a new generation of monsters that WON’T follow in the family tradition. She owns, and works as Director at LiebreStudio, a boutique design studio, attending clients such as Pepsico, Jumex, Sabritas and Unilever.
Experienced and awarded Executive Creative Director in the marketing, advertising and licensing industry. More that 18-years developing innovative content and characters for kids. Also mother of two amazing monsters.
After graduating with a MBA specialised in Marketing and Branding, Bettina started her career in the PR team at Fendi, Paris. After moving to London she joined Condé Nast International where she developed a strong interest in digital marketing including social media channels management. Bettina started at Sanrio in Spring 2018 and heads up digital marketing, influencer outreach as well as event planning for Hello Kitty. Bettina combines her PR and digital background to give Hello Kitty products maximum visibility online.
Hélène VIRENQUE has been working for more than 20 years in the licensing industry, during which she has been in charge of EMEA territories. She is today Licensing Senior Manager EMEA for Toei Animation Europe
Alex Ward is the Chief Executive of Lime Communications. Established since 1999 Lime are a brand partnerships and promotions agency specialising in film and entertainment partnerships. Clients include Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Studio Canal as well as P&G , Mars & Rakuten TV. Lime also have a thriving experiential and live events division – Sublime.
Prior to Lime Alex worked at EMI Records as International Marketing Manager and also at Virgin Radio as Promotions Manager.