Our People

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The Snottledogs

Sea Shanty Troupe

Born out of a love for performing uplifting, accessible and rollicking good songs.

 

The Snottledogs will bring to the festival a mix of  hullabaloo and music for all ages.

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Clive Barlow MW

Wine Press Services

It was after spending several months working on a Hampshire vineyard that led to Clive’s career in the wine industry.  In 1999 Clive became a Master of Wine – one of only 400 in the world.

Clive is owner and proprietor of Wine Press Services located at The Goods Shed and is the Lead Tutor at Canterbury Wine School.

His interest is smaller, quality-focussed growers and winemakers who aim to create individual characterful wines that include wines from Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Cornwall as well as further afield.

For more about more about Clive and his wine shop and courses please visit  

www.presswineservices.com

 

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Marc Campos

Marc-Pierre's Kitchen

Marc-Pierre's Kitchen has been making waves since opening in October 2019.

Classically trained by his father and after spending many years as a golf-professional, Marc is now following his family traditions in the Thanet restaurant business.

Marc-Pierre’s Kitchen, offers a contemporary take on classic European cuisine and in 2020 was awarded a Taste Gold Accolade by Visit Kent.

With his focus on local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients Marc's dish will demonstrate how to cook delicious seasonal food that is both “affordable and attainable”.

For more about Marc and his restaurant please visit www.marcpierreskitchen.com

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Adrian Mowl

Royal Harbour Brasserie

Adrian is a Dorchester Hotel trained chef who loves to serve a range of locally sourced fish dishes at his Ramsgate restaurant,  Royal Harbour Brasserie.

No stranger to Royalty, he created a menu for the Gala Dinner for HRH Queen Elizabeth II at the opening of the Turner Contemporary Gallery and was the Executive Chef in the London Olympic Village 2012.

His dish reflects his passion for seafood, as he cooks the kind of food he loves to eat!

For more about Adrian and his restaurant please visit www.royalharbourbrasserie.co.uk

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Bruce Stratford

Nomada

Inspired by his father, a Head Chef, Bruce has been working in kitchens from the age of 15.  He quickly worked his way up the ranks and by the age of 23 became Head Chef at the now prestigious Fordwich Arms, Canterbury.

 

After moving to Ramsgate, he became Sous Chef at Wyatt and Jones, Broadstairs and assisted with the start-up of The Empire Room. 

As Head Chef at the Hop and Huffkin, Sandwich he led his team to the finalists in Best Kent Pub and Bistro at the Taste of Kent awards. 

 

Always keen to expand his knowledge he worked at Harbour Street Tapas and Bottega Caruso in Margate before taking on the Head Chef role at Frog and Scot in Deal where his culinary skills were recognised by the Michelin, Good Food and Hardens guides. 

 

During the recent lockdowns Bruce became freelance and is currently transforming Ramsgate’s Eats’n’Beats, cafe into a popular tapas and small plates bar with a great wine list and very good cocktails. 

 

 

For more about Bruce and Nomada please visit www.instagram.com/nomada_ramsgate

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Jessica Leah

Jessica Leah Catering

I’m Jess, chef and owner of Jessica Leah Catering. I’ve been a professional chef for over 18 years now, working in restaurants for 13 of them, and running my own catering business for the last 5. I’ve been a great lover of all things edible from a very young age.

 

Always wanting to try new foods, as well as new ways to create something special with the basics. Very excited to be a part of ‘Ramsgate Through the Senses’. There has never been a better time to support our local talent. 

For more about Jessica and her work please visit

www.jessicaleahcatering.com

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Georgia Brown

Massage practitioner

With over 15 years working in the spa industry, Georgia is an experienced and intuitive therapist.  As part of Ramsgate Through the Senses Festival, she will be offering bespoke massage treatments that target tension in the body and quieten the mind.  Each treatment is tailored to the individual's needs and is accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack and wonderful scents to help you switch off, relax and unwind.  She will be offering 30 or 60min sessions, please contact her directly georgiabrown45@hotmail.com

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Louise Beer + John Hooper

Pale Blue Dot Collective

Framing the impact through the eyes of evolution and the immense time period it has taken for each form of life to arrive at this point, the artists create a space for discussion around the damage we are collectively participating in and its universal impact. Both artists use installation, film, photography and sound in their independent practices to examine our place within the universe. Recent commissions include the Ramsgate Festival of Sound, Fusion Arts x Bodleian Libraries and an exhibition at The Arts Centre Christchurch Te Matatiki Toi Ora, Aotearoa New Zealand titled Harmonic Islands. The artists will be Environmental Art Award Artists in Residence at BigCi, Australia this summer.


For more about their work and achievements please visit Pale Blue Dot Collective

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Nick Robinson

The Oast Smokehouse

Nick Robinson is a keen forager and cook.

Nick’s fascination for food stems from his childhood.  His mother had attended the Cordon Bleu School in Paris and was a great cook, making her own yoghurt, granola and bread. The family also grew their own vegetables and kept chickens, making them practically self-sufficient. 

Having recently moved to the Kent coast after a successful publishing career, Nick is now enjoying foraging in the local area, not just for mushrooms, but wild asparagus, sea beet, wild garlic, seaweed and wild oysters. 

Nick shares his knowledge and passion for food via his foraging tours and artisan smoked products at “The Oast Smokehouse”.

For more information on Nick please visit www.theoastsmokehouse.com

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Diana Cox

​Reiki Master and Teacher

Diana is a Ramsgate-based Reiki practitioner and Reiki Master teacher, Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner and yoga teacher. She’s been practicing Reiki since 2005 and loves how it’s changed her life and how it helps and empowers her clients and students. She offers Reiki sessions, Holy Fire Reiki courses and Karuna Reiki courses In Ramsgate up to Master level, and Emotional Freedom Technique sessions in person or via Zoom.

For more about Diana and her Reiki practices please visit reikiramsgate.co.uk and www.healingheartsandminds.co.uk

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Mike Spackman

Chef Newington Green Community Centre

Mike has been part of the Kent Community Chef project since 2008 and was acknowledged in 2017 as BBC Food & Farming Awards: Cook of the Year.

 

He devotes his time to helping families cook on a budget by providing easy-to-cook meals and giving hands-on advice on how to cook on a shoestring.

 

His signature dish is paella. "It’s colourful, cheap to cook, tastes good and is always a crowd-pleaser”.

 

He is currently working with Newington Big Local and the wider resident community to improve community food culture on the Newington Estate, Ramsgate.

For more about Mike and his work please visit

www.facebook.com/NewingtonBigLocal

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Melanie King

Artist

Melanie is based in Ramsgate and is an Artist in Residence at the School of Metallurgy and Materials at The University of Birmingham and lecturer in photography at Canterbury Christ Church University.

She interested in the relationship between the environment, photography and materiality.  The purpose of her work is to demonstrate the intimate connection between celestial objects (sun, moon, stars), photographic material and the natural world.

Melanie is currently researching a number of sustainable photographic processes, to minimise the environmental impact of her artistic practice, informed by the Sustainable Darkroom movement.

The Kent coast with its dark skies, dramatic sunsets and a tumultuous sea have inspired her recent work.

 

To find out more about Melanie, please visit www.melaniek.co.uk

Photo credit  ITV/Theo Deproost

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Kate de Syllas

Owner and Head Chef

Kate de Syllas is owner and head chef at Hantverk & Found - a Japanese inspired seafood restaurant in Margate's Old Town, she also runs Big Naturals, a natural wine and small plates bar in Margate and co-runs Margate Cookery School.

Before moving to Margate 7 years ago, as well as being a working chef in London, she oversaw food projects at brain injury survivor charity Headway East London. 

It was at Headway that Kate became interested in retronasal smell and its effect on our ability to taste and smell the food and environment. Many survivors of brain injury suffer from anosmia, or the inability to smell, which can have a profound impact on the pleasure and wellbeing that comes from our senses of smell and taste. This is something that many of us now have first hand experience of through Covid 19 infection.

For more informatrion on Kate please visit 

hantverk-found.co.uk

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Bettina Ji

Kundalini Teacher

Bettina has never looked back since moving from Zurich to Ramsgate in 2016

As a Kundalini teacher, discovering Thanet was a 'coup de coeur’ and the decision to bring Kundalini Yoga (Yoga of Awareness) to Kent was almost instant.

As a Sound Therapist and using the sacred sound frequencies produced by the Gongs, Bettina is able to help people to release energetic, emotional and mental blocks which are stored in our cells and nervous system.  By using sound, we can release and restore the body and mind.

She holds regular classes at ARCHIVE Homestore and on Zoom, allowing you to connect physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually through the technology of Kundalini Yoga.

They are fun and deep; all ages are welcome with no previous yoga experience required.

To find out more please visit: 

https://www.b-ji-kundalini.com/

 

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Sylvia Tillmann

Certified TRE Provider 

Sylvia Tillmann is a Jikiden Reiki practitioner, has a foundation training in counselling skills (COSCA), facilitates Laughter Yoga sessions and is a certified TRE Provider.

After teaching TRE online all over the world she is delighted to launch her local classes at Ramsgate Through The Senses.

She truly believes that stress really is the root of almost all evil and that it is incredibly important to work with the body and its innate wisdom, not just the mind.

Sylvia's teaching is informative, gentle, empathic and empowering.

Please visit www.tremendousTRE.co.uk for more info.

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Patrick George

Freelance illustrator

Patrick George is a Ramsgate based freelance illustrator and children’s book creator.

As the designer of our logo it has been a pleasure working with him from concept to execution.

To find out more about Patrick, please visit 

www.instagram.com/patrickgeorge_illustration

To be part of our 2023 event, email info@ramsgatethroughthesenses.org