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Dr Adam Fox read Medicine and Neuroscience at Cambridge University before completing his clinical training at University College, London. Having completed specialist training in Paediatric Allergy in 2006, he spent 9 years as clinical lead of Allergy at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London – Europe’s largest specialist Allergy service. He Is now Clinical Director for Specialist Ambulatory Medicine.
Adam chaired the UK Department of Health National Care Pathway for Food Allergy in Childhood and was a member of the National Institute of Healthcare and Clinical Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline development group for the assessment and diagnosis of food allergy in children. He is also an author of the Milk Allergy in Primary Care guideline.
Adam was awarded ‘Paediatric Allergist of the Year’ from Allergy UK in 2007. His doctoral thesis on peanut allergy received the Raymond Horton Smith prize from Cambridge University in 2012 and he was included in The Times ‘Britain’s 100 Best Children’s Doctor’s’ (2012). Adam received the William Frankland Award for Outstanding contribution to Allergy by the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology in 2015.
Adam’s particular interests are food allergy, gastrointestinal allergy, immunotherapy and medical education.
Born and raised in metro Detroit, Christopher attended the University of Michigan, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree. He then moved to Chicago to work as an analyst for United Airlines, then a Fortune 100 company. By his mid 20’s, he was ready for new challenges and new beginnings.
Christopher merged his life-long interest in nutrition with his emerging interest in cooking. He moved to Austin where for three years he studied holistic cooking and nutrition at the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts. During this time, he established Miso Hungry, a catering and private chef operation. Eventually, his Austin success led him to the majestic shores of southern Greece.
In 2005 Christopher began managing the kitchen for Triopetra Yoga Retreat in Crete. There, his delicious creations dazzled the world’s most renowned yoga teachers and their students. With a growing reputation and scores of impressed clients, he received many exciting opportunities throughout Europe. During the yoga off-seasons, Christopher organized cooking classes in Prague, London, Paris, Munich, Madrid and many other cities.
In 2012, Christopher was based in Geneva where he worked as a consultant, teacher, and guest chef for Insens, a luxury spa and wellness center. During this period, he also worked with many elite clients while collaborating with his friend, colleague, and fellow nutrition expert, Karim Chubin.
Christopher published his book, Nutritional Grail, in 2014. It quickly garnered outstanding praise from many distinguished doctors and scientists. The book has been featured in many publications and has won three awards:
- Gold Medal in the Food/Cooking category of the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards
- Gold Medal in the Diet/Nutrition category of the 2014 Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards
- Silver Medal of the Nonfiction Authors Association Awards
Christopher’s writing success earned him an invitation from Dr. Loren Cordain to write forThePaleoDiet.com. Dr. Cordain is the world’s foremost expert on the Paleo diet and the founder of the Paleo movement. Christopher writes a regular column for Cordain’s website. Christopher was also invited to write regularly for The Huffington Post and Men’s Health (Middle East). Furthermore, he serves on Men’s Health’s Advisory Board as their nutrition expert.
Christopher is currently based in Dubai, where he created the menu concept for Comptoir 102, a thriving health-conscious restaurant. He teaches regular classes at Top Chef Dubai and works on many other exciting projects.
Henry Ehrlich is the editor of asthmaallergieschildren.com. He is the co-author of Asthma Allergies Children: a parent’s guide and his first book is about Dr Li Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure, His latest book is Tradititional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Fight Against Allergic Disease and is co-written with Dr. Li.
Jolene Beatson is the founder of The Children’s Allergy Foundation, a small UK charity run by parents, for parents of babies and children with food allergies and intolerances. The charity is also know as CMPA Support, their aim is to raise awareness of cmpa at all levels, so that future generations of CMPA babies (& their families) shouldn’t have to suffer.
Kim Koeller was diagnosed with food-related allergies as well as celiac disease in 2002, she has since founded glutenfreepassport.com, produced allergy translation cards in 15 languages, mobile apps, gluten free and food allergy language phrase Guides, ebooks and helped millions of people travel and live confidently with food allergies.
Allie Bahn, (a.k.a. Miss Allergic Reactor) has a great deal of allergic experiences. Whether navigating allergy-safe restaurants or finding ways to eat while traveling all over the world, Allie is here to share her valuable knowledge and experience with you. She has always lived with life-threatening allergies to numerous foods and environmental allergens, as well as having asthma. She hopes her experiences will give parents and children inspiration to thrive with allergies. Allie is a licensed elementary school teacher, with her Masters in Elementary Education and her Bachelors in Journalism. During Allie’s senior year of college, she did an independent study on children with food allergies. She realized as she interviewed parents, that many were fearful and seeking guidance on how to teach their children to navigate the world safely with allergies. Allie was raised by parents who understood a child’s need for independence. Her parents showed her how to become the self-reliant, adventurous, world traveler that she is today. By speaking with these parents of Allergic Reactors, Allie realized her allergy expertise could guide others to live and thrive with food allergies.
Jackie Nevard is the founder of My Food Allergy Friends, Jackie’s son Thai has multiple food allergies and after realising the need for allergy education Jackie launched My Food Allergy Friends, she has produced four books in her educational allergy series with another two books in the pipeline, a string of educational resources and her very popular allergy awareness sessions around Australia and New Zealand.
John Burke is the founder and chairperson of the FreeFrom Food Awards in Ireland. He has been a panel judge on the FreeFrom Food Awards in the UK since 2010 and is a panel judge on the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards, the Irish Quality Food Awards (FreeFrom categories), the IQDrinkAs and the ICafeQFAs. John was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in 1973.
Caroline Oldham is 31 years old and started life being able to eat whatever she wanted, in her late teens she was diagnosed with Coeliacs disease and a lactose intolerance which changed her life. She found it very difficult to eat out locally and abroad hence her inspiration for ‘ Biteappy’. ‘Biteappy’ is a worldwide restaurant search for people with allergies, intolerances and special diets, Caroline wants to be able to help people find places to eat where people are willing to cater for them. Caroline loves to cook and saw the potential to help herself and others and hopes that her years of recipe building will encourage people to get back in the kitchen and cook good homemade food again.
Jonathan Bright is the Creative Content Lead at Southerly, a south west London-based creative content marketing agency with an award-winning blog. He’s a journalist and biologist by background, now with many years’ experience in creative copywriting both client and agency side. The world of creative marketing moves so fast that at Southerly we believe in adopting a highly targeted and adaptable approach to making your content shine. He’s also a keen allergy sufferer, and when not dealing with the annual hay fever onslaught he will enthusiastically react to pretty much anything from pet hair to peaches.
Nick McNally brought CELIA Lager to the UK and has a passion for things that are better thanks to being gluten-free. As part of the CELIA project Nick ran a pop-up called Vozars which was London’s number 1 tripadvisor restaurant for 10 weeks in 2014. Everything made was developed to be better thanks to being gluten-free.
Lisa Musician, RD, LDN has over 17 years of experience working with a board certified allergist and is a member of several national and state organizations. She holds several certifications of training as a Food Allergy Specialist and speaks professionally to organizations, schools and support groups about the management of food allergies and increasing optimal health. Not only does Lisa have experience managing her own food allergies, she is also the mother of two adult children with multiple food allergies. Lisa has presented on food allergies for the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, FARE and at numerous groups of nutrition professionals, nurses and other health care professionals. She is recognized as a food allergy expert and the Founder and President of Food Allergy Dietitian, Inc., where she brings together her professional and personal experience to help those with food allergies avoid their allergen and develop a safe, healthy and balanced diet. She is the author of Parenting a Positive Reaction-A parent’s guide to help promote safe care at school for your food allergy child.
Bal Cummins is Head of Marketing and Design for FoodMaestro. Bal has over 18 years’ experience scoping and project managing large digital projects. She has worked for leading global agencies and clients focusing on strategy and planning through to design delivery. Bal is responsible for the marketing and social channels for FoodMaestro working closely with content writers to create engaging content for consumers with specific dietary requirements.
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