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This year’s invitation-only Power Breakfast was hosted by Juliet Kinsman, founding editor of the Mr and Mrs Smith guides and now eco-travel consultants Bouteco. Hoteliers Joined us at The Business Theatre, 8:30 - 9:30am on Wednesday 17th October, as renowned critics Giles Coren, Fiona Duncan and Grace Dent joined Juliet and shared their views on what makes the ultimate hospitality experience.
FOUNDING EDITOR, BOUTECO
Meeting philanthropic hoteliers and working with award-winning luxury-travel brands all over the inspired Juliet Kinsman to set up Bouteco to share the most inspiring stories of sustainability. As a freelance journalist and hotel expert Juliet has spent much of the last two decades celebrating the world’s most special places to stay. Louis Vuitton City Guides author for London and New York, and founding editor of Mr & Mrs Smith, her design and travel articles appear in the Evening Standard to Condé Nast Traveller. Notting Hill is home, but New York City and Bali are among the destinations from which she regularly shares tips on her instagram @julietkinsman
BRITISH FOOD WRITER AND TELEVISION PRESENTER
Giles Coren is a writer, critic, columnist and television presenter. For the last thirteen years he has been the Times’ restaurant critic and has written a weekly opinion column for them for even longer than that. In 2005, he was named ‘Food and Drink Writer of the Year’ at the British Press Awards and in 2016 was named Restaurant Writer of the Year at the Fortnum and Mason Awards. With numerous TV credits under his belt including ‘Back In Time for Dinner’ and presenting on the second series of the BBC’s ‘Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby’.
EATER, WRITER, TALKER
Grace Dent is a columnist, author, broadcaster and The Guardian's newly appointed restaurant critic. Grace Dent had two weekly columns in the Independent: an opinion-editorial column each Wednesday and Grace Dent on Television each Saturday and Grace’s restaurant column Grace & Flavour appeared in the London Evening Standard every Friday for seven years until taking on the revered role of restaurant critic for The Guardian. Grace has fronted documentaries for Sky Atlantic, Channel 4 and W. Recently Grace presented ON Romance for W, interviewed Game of Thrones author George RR Martin for a one off special and was a presenter on Thronecast. Grace has fronted the Radio 4 documentaries Duration Duration Duration and a tribute to Nancy Mitford. Grace is a regular show guest, having appeared twice on Have I Got News For You, The Now Show, BBC2's The Review Show, Film 2012, The Culture Show, Delete Delete Delete, Very British Problems, The Apprentice, Masterchef and Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe and recently contributed to Channel 4's The Great British Sex Survey. Grace regularly hosts events for BAFTA and Sky. Grace has written eleven novels for teenagers. Grace's Diary of a Snob novels about the schoolgirl Poppet Montague Jones were acquired by Nickelodeon. Grace's first non-fiction title was How To Leave Twitter (My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop). Her latest project sees Grace presenting The Untold on BBC Radio 4. These observational documentaries give a real insight into British lives where something is at stake. The Untold has been nominated for an ARIA twice. In addition, 2017 saw Grace become the Curator of London Food Month alongside Tom Parker Bowles which won Best Debut Event at The Event Awards 2017.
TRAVEL JOURNALIST, THE TELEGRAPH AND SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Fiona Duncan has been reviewing hotels for over 30 years. She began her career as an editor and writer of travel guides before launching her own series with her husband: the Charming Small Hotel Guides. She researched and wrote many of the guides, travelling in Britain, Europe and beyond, and in 1999 was asked to write about hotels for the Telegraph. She began her Sunday Telegraph hotel column in 2006 and continues to this day. She also writes for other publications, including a monthly page in Country and Townhouse magazine.