A. A. Gill was born in Edinburgh. He is the author of two novels, Sap Rising (1997) and Starcrossed (1999), books on two of London's most famous restaurants, The Ivy and Le Caprice, a travel book, A. A. Gill is Away and most recently, The Angry Island. He is the TV and restaurant critic for the Sunday Times and is a contributing editor to GQ, Vanity Fair and Australian Gourmet Traveller magazines. He lives in London and spends much of his year travelling. Previously at Langan's Brasserie and Joe Allen respectively, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King are probably still best known as the restaurateurs behind the celebrity-studded Caprice and The Ivy. Their Caprice Holdings Company also resurrected J. Sheekey, the seafood restaurant in the heart of London's theatre district. After selling the group in 1998 for over GBP 13 million, they waited patiently for exactly the right premises to come along for their concept of a 'grand cafe' for London. The Wolseley opened in 2003 and immediately became the place to see and be seen. In a highly varied career, Lewis Esson, as well as having run both the Pan Bookshop and a Mayfair delicatessen, is recognized as one of the country's most experienced editors of food books. He is also author or co-author of several books, including The Gate Vegetarian Cookbook (with Adrian and Michael Daniel), Cowboys & Cookouts: A Taste of the Old West, Quick Cuisine and Fast Food for Friends (both with Marie-Pierre Moine and Henrietta Green), and was Contributing Editor of the English language edition of Larousse Pratique. Lewis contributes occasionally to magazines such as Waitrose Seasons, BBC Good Food and Olive, and is currently Chairman of the Guild of Food Writers.