BBC Radio London

Maxwell is thoroughly enjoying his new slot at 11am every Tuesday on the Robert Elms Show on BBC Radio London. His weekly feature on architecture and London life has been a regulat highlight since the show started and he is particularly enjoying being out on location.

Maxwell also has a number of corporate talks scheduled for 2019 and has just finished recording a 6 part TV series to be announced later this year.

In between his busy schedule, Maxwell is writing his first novel and developing an international book format for a London publisher.

Orchestrations and Dance Arrangements

The Producers - Chris is delighted to be working with The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester on the orchestrations of their Christmas 2018 production of Mel Brooke’s comedy musical which runs until 26th January 2019.

Cats - Chris thoroughly enjoyed re-orchestrating ‘The Gumbie Cat’ and working again with Andrew Lloyd-Webber on this hugely successful production for The London Palladium and UK tour. The show is continuing its European tour in 2019.

Top Hat - The West End stage  production at the Aldwych Theatre was the first ever stage adaptation of the 1935 RKO film of Irving Berlin’s TOP HAT starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The show has just completed its latest run in Japan.

delicious Magazine Food Produce Awards

Valentina is thrilled to be the Ambassador for the Food Produce Awards for delicious Magazine. The aim of the Awards is to search out and celebrate small-scale, artisan producers across the UK. In 2018, Chef Valentina toured the country managing the awards. She also oversaw the judges tasting a wonderful array of produce, based on Appearance, Taste, Provenance and Passion culminating in the finals in London with Prue Leith.

Anness Publishing: ‘The Italian Regional Cookbook’

Valentina’s book examines each region with a carefully curated selection of 325 recipes and 1,500 photographs to help achieve an authentic, and completely delicious, end result. A culinary tour of Italy including: Lombardy; Piedmont; Liguria; Emilia-Romagna; Veneto; Tuscany; Umbria; Sardinia; Campania; Sicily; Puglia; Basilicata; and Calabria. An extensive introduction examines in detail the history and traditions of classic Italian cooking, the ingredients and how to prepare and use them. This comprehensive book is a must-have reference for anyone who is passionate about cooking authentic Italian food.

Bloomsbury Publishing: ‘Risotto, Risotto’

The latest edition of this highly acclaimed recipe book based on Valentina’s signature dish won the acclaimed ‘Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2017’. The book, published by Bloomsbury in association with Absolute Press incorporates a range of exciting new recipes and is now available. Order here

The Ideal Home Exhibition

Following  the year on year success of the IHE in London / Manchester  / Glasgow, Valentina, an authority on Italian food and food culture, will return to The Ideal Food & Drink Theatre at Olympia in March 2019 working alongside a number of other celebrity chefs where you will find her bringing a selection of recipes to life.

Kenya Wildlife Expedition 2018

John has just completed a 3 week expedition in the Mt Kenya, Nanyuki area in January 2018.

This involved community aid, wildlife studies and the use of horses to move through the lower reaches of Mt Kenya.

Colombia Amazonas Expedition

The vast department of Amazonas is home to some 17 distinct, mainly indigenous groups, who live much as their forebears did.  Many of these live in small villages on tributaries to the Amazon and need aid.  There are few places where life flourishes in such abundance.  Sloths move languidly in the high branches, small mammals scutter around in the undergrowth and sleek Jaguars prowl the forest. 

A team of 24 visited the area in the period 10-30 May 2017 to catalogue the wildlife and give aid to the indigenous people.  Our team included a doctor, a dentist and zoologists as well as people interested in community aid work.  

Speaking and Lecture Engagements - 2019

Stephen continues to entertain audiences with his highly successful talks which include ‘In the Steps of Eric Shipton’, ‘Ernest Shackleton’ and ‘Everest and Beyond’. 2018 marked Stephen’s 30th Anniversary accent of Everest.

Hong Kong Royal Geographical Society and Korean Alpine Club- June 2019

Antartic Expedition - January 2019

Led by Stephen to climb, ski, sea kayak and watch wildlife, the Antarctic Expedition took place between 4 Jan to 1 Feb 2019 on Pelagic Australis.

If you are interested in taking part in the 2020 expedition, please contact Stephen as soon as possible to reserve a place on the next trip.

South Georgia Mountaineering Winter Expedition

Stephen has completed his seventh expedition to South Georgia.  In fact he completed two expeditions, back to back.  The first trip, aboard Pelagic Australis, was to the southern Salvesen Range, where he and Skip Novak led a team to make first ascents of peaks which Stephen first admired 26 years ago when he made the first ascent of Mt Carse. Then, Stephen and Caradoc Jones joined a grand-daughter and great-grandsons of Tom Crean, to follow in their ancestor’s footprints, 100 years after he made his legendary crossing of the Island with Frank Worsley and Ernest Shackleton.

- Musical Director, Orchestrator & Composer

- Chef, Author & Broadcaster

- Explorer, Author & Motivational Speaker

- Mountaineer, Author & Motivational Speaker

- Architect & Broadcaster

Home Fires - Jambusters

Acclaimed British actresses Francesca Annis and Samantha Bond led an impressive ensemble cast for two highly successful series of this six-part drama  on ITV. Both series averaged consolidated viewing figures of over 6 million. Inspired by Julie Summer’s non-fiction book, ‘Jambusters’- the story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War, the drama followed a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community with the shadow of war casting a dark cloud over their lives. The adaptation of ‘Jambusters’ into a period drama was created and written by 'Lewis' writer Simon Block.

The series has been sold to numerous territories around the world and Series 2 was recently released on the PBS Msterpiece channel in the USA. Both series are now available on Netflix.

- Author, Historian, Broadcaster & Motivational Speaker