BBC Good Food's ‘Great Game Changers’

To mark our 25th birthday, we've selected a list of Great Game Changers from the world of food. From TV heroes to food charities and websites, find out who we think has shaped the way we eat.

BBC Good Food's ‘Great Game Changers’

BBC Good Food has been at the heart of the nation's eating habits for the last 25 years, helping to make sense of trends, issues and social changes, and bring to life the foods and cuisines we all want to try. Our Good Food Nation campaign involved a huge nationwide survey into our eating habits – with some surprising results. Now we're reflecting on the individuals, companies and websites who have revolutionised how we cook, shop and eat. Read on to discover our selection – and let us know your suggestions in the comments below.

BBC Good Food’s Great Game Changers

James MartinJames Martin 

Who: Chef and TV personality
Why: James has hosted the longest running Saturday morning programme in UK history (BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen) putting cookery programming firmly into the lifestyle realm, plus providing a platform to so many up-and-coming chefs.

Read more about James Martin and find James' recipes here

Anna Beattie

Who: Creator and producer of The Great British Bake Off
Why? Anna has galvanized a new generation of bakers with the global TV sensation that has homemade food at its heart.

Read more about The Great British Bake Off

Angela HartnettAngela Hartnett

Who: Chef
Why? Angela is one of our highest profile female chefs who has inspired a generation of women to follow in her footsteps in professional kitchens. 

Read more about Angela Hartnett

Jack Monroe

Who: Author and campaigner
Why? Jack has raised awareness about budget cooking and champions universal access to affordable home cooked food.

Read more about Jack Monroe

Fiona HamiltonFiona Hamilton

Who: Founder of The Kids Cookery School
Why? Fiona has changed the lives of families for the past 20 years by teaching children to cook.

Read more about The Kids Cookery School


Budget supermarkets

Who: Low-priced supermarkets such as Lidl and Aldi
Why? Budget supermarkets have been profound in revolutionising the supermarket landscape and providing alternatives for the consumer.

Sorted foodSorted

Who: Food website
Why? Sorted has changed the face of food publishing by engaging internet viewers with a phenomenally successful YouTube channel

Visit the Sorted website

Vegetable box delivery services 

Who: Businesses offering a fresh produce delivery service
Why? Entrepreneurs in this area allow consumers to combine convenience with the best fresh and local food.

Food CycleFoodCycle

Who: Food charity
Why? FoodCycle tackles food waste from supermarkets and connects the community with local food and cooking services.

Read more about FoodCycle



Michael Mosley

Who: Journalist
Why? Michael has shaken up the way we think about food and health by keeping the subject in the headlines.

Read more about Dr Michael Mosley 

Thomasina MyersThomasina Miers 

Who: Restaurateur
Why? Thomasina has changed perceptions of the chain restaurant scene, alongside Mexican cuisine, with the hugely successful Wahaca.

Visit the Wahaca website


What do you think of our choices? Are there movers and shakers we've omitted from our rundown? Share your suggestions with us below…


Comments, questions and tips

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6th Mar, 2015
Lots of suggestions: Fergus Henderson - single-handedly re-invented British food Jamie Oliver - popularised cooking for a new generation, plus all his political stuff Russell Norman (Polpo etc) - informalised eating out Yianni Papoutsis (MeatWagon etc) - brought dude food into the mainstream
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