Olive Oil Maker and Olive Oil Business Consultant, Marco is leading several olive oil projects all over the world. He gained his technical experience in the field of milling olives in Tuscany since he was seventeen years old. After qualifying in economics, he has been dedicated to agriculture and his passion: olive oils. He is an extra virgin olive oil taster and a professional olive oil maker since 2001. At that time he was leading the organic production of BIOLIVE, Argentina, running an orchard of 3,700 acres and a mill of ten tons per hour capacity. In 2006 he founded SCANU OLIVICULTORI, his olive business & consulting company, creating new extra virgin olive oils such us Olivos Patagonicos, D’Isola in Argentina, and was also the quality manager in Colinas de Garzon and Olivares de Rocha, Uruguay, and General Manager in Dievole, Tuscany, Italy.
Simon Field, BA (Hons), MA (Cantab) founder and organiser of Savantes (www.savantes.com) and Olive Business (www.olivebusiness.com), is a producer of organic olive products and olive industry consultant. His tasting experience comes from travelling to growing regions worldwide and tasting thousands of olive oils at Savantes and in the company of some of the world’s leading tasters.
Hayley Stevens is a graduate from the Corso Superiore at the renowned Italian culinary school, Alma, in Parma, Italy. She has experience in kitchens from the north to south of Italy; between Oderzo, outside of Venice under the tutelage of Alessandro Breda, to Licata, Sicily where she worked with Pino Cuttaia at La Madia. Hayley was employed on the Amalfi coast at the 2 Michelin star restaurant Don Alfonso where she first partook in the production of extra virgin olive oil and spent several years enjoying cooking with fresh products from the fertile Vesuvian land and the nearby Mediterranean sea.
Hayley was a Chef/Instructor at the International Culinary Center where she taught professional and amateur classes in the Italian Culinary Academy and French Culinary program. Most recently, she spent six months traveling throughout Western and Eastern Europe to explore regional food and production of extra virgin olive oil and wine. She currently resides in Saratoga Springs, NY where she continues to teach classes on cooking with extra virgin olive oil, manages Saratoga Olive Oil Company and heads their restaurant program promoting extra virgin olive oil in kitchens and on tables.
CHEF OLLY ROUSE
Olly Rouse is one of a new breed of creative chefs who has an inspiring and original vision for modern fine-
Head Chef at The Avenue in Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel near Winchester, Hampshire, Olly has a tireless obsession for seeking out ingredients he considers special and firmly believes that a chef is a ‘custodian of nature’s larder’. Olly is keen to celebrate British and grows his own produce in the hotel’s abundant kitchen garden; his menus are completely market-
Brie Thompson is the proud co-
Host and executive producer of the Public Television cooking series “Ellie’s Real Good Food,” and well known as the host of Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite,” Ellie Krieger is the leading go-
She is a New York Times bestselling, James Beard Foundation and IACP award winning author of five cookbooks. Her most recent is You Have it Made: Delicious, Healthy Do-
A registered dietitian who earned her bachelors of science in clinical nutrition from Cornell and her master’s in nutrition education from Teacher’s College Columbia University, Ellie has been at the forefront of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign from the beginning when Mrs. Obama’s team invited her to head up a nutrition education initiative at the “Healthy Kids Fair” on the Whitehouse lawn.
Mother of three children, Soledad Serrano graduated from the University of Navarra in Journalism and has an MBA from IESE, Business School, Barcelona, Spain. She has worked as a journalist in Actualidad Económica and collaborated on projects for the European Commission. She started her business career at the Carrefour Distribution Company in the Head Offices in Madrid but soon moved to a smaller, family company –Cosmewax-
She brought her international experience enabled to her family company and became the fourth generation in the line of olive oil producers. She started running Finca Duernas, an olive grove and mill in the South of Spain, in 2010 and prepared the company to be able to offer one of the best organic extra virgin olive oils. In 2013 she founded, together with 15 other producers, QvExtra! International Association to promote and spread the knowledge of Extra Virgin Olive Oil internationally.
Joe is the Head Chef of the up and coming Aurora Restaurant on the Ipswich Waterfront in the United Kingdom. A post held for the past 8 months, some 12 years after he started his journey at the tender age of 14.
Joe learned his craft working at some of Southern England’s finest five-
More recently taking the reins at Aurora’s sleek and modern venue, Joe has explored the unique sensory effect food can have on guests, in his own words “targeting nostalgia and wonder in equal, plentiful measure.”
RICHARD W. SMALL
Graduated Kansas State University w/ a BS in Biology. Served 4 years active duty as a Nuclear Field Artillery Officer in the 3rd Infantry Division in West Germany. I then spent 18 1/2 years in the Reserves w/ specialties in Civil Affairs & Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Warfare. Retiring as a LT Colonel. I began my civilian career in the Plastics Industry selling all types of resins, from olefins, styrenics & engineering resins to molders & extruders for 4 years. For 12 years in the Specialty additives for Plastics. For the last 24 years working for myself in the personal care & cosmetics industry, ink industry & industrial industry. I represent one company in particular that manufactures olive oil into an alkyl polyglucoside, or non-
Nikisha Horn is currently Head of Research & Development at Namaste Laboratories, LLC, a leading international cosmetic company, where she is responsible for spearheading the company’s technical development of cosmetic products from concept to commercialization. Prior to Namaste, Nikisha served as Group Leader for L’Oreal USA where she was responsible for managing the development of hair care and hair styling products for multi-
Bob Weeks has spent the last twenty-