The FBC Team




Bethany Kehdy

In 2009, Bethany (@Bethanykd) decided it was long overdue for the food community to come together – not just in the US.  The inspiration for FBC came after Bethany was unable to make it out to the many food blogging conferences that are frequently held Stateside. So it seemed a natural step to create a central event for those in Europe, and things have just grown from there. Alongside managing FBC Bethany spends her time concocting Middle Eastern delicacies which can be found in her award-winning cookbook The Jewelled Kitchen and on her food blog Dirty Kitchen Secrets. Bethany is also the founder of Taste Lebanon  and is a mentor on The Taste Arabia. She is currently working on launching her Middle Eastern food range.

Joslin Kehdy
Event Manager Joslin (@Kehdy) is a creative and zealous organiser living between the UK and Lebanon. She worked as an Engineering Project Administrator in Maui, Hawaii for longer than she cares to remember and has made the switch to food, something she naturally enjoys and fluidly shifts between set styling, project management and general making sure everything is running smoothly with FBC, DKS and Taste Lebanon.


profilepictureciaraCiara Attwell
Sponsorship Team

Former lawyer Ciara (@MyFussyEater) moved from London to the Kent countryside in 2012 and now splits her time between looking after her two young children and working on her family-focused food blog My Fussy Eater. In less than a year Ciara has gone from living on a diet of white bread and pasta to discovering a whole world of healthy and exciting food. Now her recipes are based around whole and unprocessed ingredients. When not in the kitchen Ciara can be found pounding the pavements in an attempt to get fit or trying to improve her photography skills.

Sarka Babicka - Food BloggingSarka Babicka
Photographer Sarka (@SarkaBabicka) is a London-based food, travel and lifestyle photographer. She was born and brought up in Prague, Czech Republic. Her passion for photography was ignited with the first photo she took for her blog Cook Your Dream. When not cooking, baking and taking mouth-watering pictures, Sarka loves to travel and explore culinary art and traditions from other countries and cultures.

Bashar Alaeddin

Bashar (@balaeddin) is the man behind the camera! A Middle-Eastern mix based in Amman, he documents the cuisines he encounters daily and on his travels along with capturing beautiful landscapes and everything adventurous the Arab region has to offer. Check out his travel-diary on instagram (@basharalaeddin) and his commercial/personal website Adasat.  

Laura Stahl FBCLaura Stahl
At-Event Organiser Extraordinaire
In true German form, Laura brings the event together on the day, making sure every nook and cranny of the event and volunteer team comes together seamlessly. She is the true epitome of the behind the scenes team, delivered with a big warm smile!

Jason Lee
IT Manager

Jason is a professional researcher by day and web designer by night with a decade’s worth of experience with various web publishing platforms. A seemingly tireless workaholic and creature of the night, Jason toils surreptitiously behind the scenes lending technical support to the bevy of Kehdy online properties that are DKS and Taste Lebanon. When not nose-deep in a computer monitor, Jason finds respite in world travel and amateur astrophotography.




CeriB&WCeri Jones

Conference Moderator

Ceri Jones (@cerikitchen) is a passionate healthy foodie, exemplified through her whole food blog Natural Kitchen Adventures. Originally a trained classical musician, Ceri worked for many years in orchestral event management in London, but in 2013 – some 2 & 1/2 years into her blogging adventure – swapped the concert hall for the kitchen and trained for a Natural Chef certification at Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in San Francisco.  Ceri now lives and works back in London as a freelance healthy cookery instructor, a food writer and occasional chef.  In her flourishing career in food, Ceri has worked for Blackheath Cooks, Made in Hackney, The Healthy Eating team at the Shoreditch Trust and has many published works online and offline.


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Behind the Scenes Support

Olivia Righton (@oliviarighton) is the author of Nourishing Philosophy. She is a nutritionist and eating psychology coach in the making, and was born with an unbounded interest in food. When not studying for her MMedSci in Human Nutrition, she can be found cooking and hosting informal suppers, taking photos, reading or doing yoga. Through her blog, she hopes to inspire others to cultivate a loving relationship with food.


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Behind the Scenes Support

Although Vanesther (@bangermashchat) has always been a food lover, it was not until she had children that she really learned to cook herself. Now feeding her family and experimenting with ingredients is one of her main passions in life. The results of these experiments can be found on her award-winning food blog Bangers & Mash, where she shares her ideas for delicious family meals. It’s all about dishes that won’t break the bank, are easy-to-cook and are big on flavours. When she’s not cooking, photographing and blogging, Vanesther works as a PR manager and copywriter, loves running and dreams one day of writing books for children.


Vania_1Vania Ling
Behind the Scenes Support

Vania (@LoveMEsaysfood) is a passionate and creative food specialist. She has a BSc. in Nutrition and Food Science, and is pursuing a MSc. in Food Policy.  This allows her to conceptualise food from an artistic, social, cultural, and scientific perspective. Vania started her blog Love ME says Food to share her experiences in food, predominantly as an excuse to eat out at fancy places; but in time, this has evolved to cover all her fascinations of photography, travel, and sensory experiences in food. Dublin has proved to be a food inspiration hub and has created a vibrant excitement for her in recent years.


Rachael McKenzieRachael McKenzie
Behind the Scenes Support

Rachael (@_twistedbeauty1)  is a final year university student, graduating in Criminology and Psychology in July this year, and started blogging as an escape from her university work, though she’s wanted to start a blog for years. Even though she’s only been blogging a few months on, she’s in love with it and loves to blog about anything and everything. Rachael loves writing and cooking, especially baking, and hopes to do much more of it now that university is behind her. She’s a massive food lover and loves trying new and exotic flavours and combinations of ingredients.


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Behind the Scenes Support

Helen Costello (@CasaCostello) has been blogging at for 7 years now. What started as an extension of her celebration cake business has now turned into a true foodie passion. Helen is a mum of 3 girls in the North-West of the UK and enjoys the challenge of getting her daughters to challenge their palates (sometimes!). Helen has an insatiable sweet tooth and is nearly always to be found baking in the kitchen. A very active member of blogging social media, Helen enjoys a food challenge – she can make an amazing 5-tier cake but always seems to burn fish fingers!


IMG_6297Kirsty Ralph
Behind the Scenes Support

Kirsty Ralph (@kirstyralph11) blogs at Her main focuses are her own life experiences, music and creating playlists and of course food. Kirsty loves to cook at home, whether it is steak pies and winter warmers like stews or family favourites such as lasagna. Kirsty is currently in her final year of her BA History and Global Studies degree and outside of blogging her other main passion is tenpin bowling (she bowls for her home county as well as her university).

Nick BeardNick Beard
Behind the Scenes Support

Nick (@BakingBeardy) moved to London from Ireland in 2011. After starting to provide weekly baked goods for her fiance’s office, she decided to start documenting the recipes for her own baking blog, BakingBeardy. One of her favourite things about blogging is getting to share recipes with other keen bakers, so helping out with the wonderful FBC came next! In the time she doesn’t spend baking or trying to improve her photography, she is studying for her PhD, working at a women’s charity in South London or volunteering on a rape crisis helpline.


MD-Wordsmith-FBC5PhotoMary-Denise Smith
Behind the Scenes Support

Mary-Denise Smith (@mdWordsmith, @CrumbsnRubble) just loves to play with her food and to mess around in the garden. More than that, she loves to play with your words about food and gardening.

So? So she is a crackerjack copyeditor and proofreader for food and gardening bloggers via Her personal blog is Crumbs On the Table (rubble in the kitchen sink) and she welcomes advance copies of your new cookbook for thoughtful review on Crumbs.

Mary-Denise and Mitz The Cat live the quiet life in a historic community near Washington DC. Mary-Denise volunteers for the Greenbelt Farmers Market, writes a monthly column for the local food co-op, and edits food and gardening blogs (yours!). Her gardening ambitions far outweigh her abilities, but she swears that this year she will win the Greenbelt prize for “Most Improved” garden!

Judy Cogan PicJudy Cogan
Content Curator

Judy (@Judycogan) is a freelance journalist who started out as a hack and now writes and edits food, travel and lifestyle features for national newspapers and magazines in the UK, the Middle East and beyond. With constantly itchy feet she loves to travel and has visited countries including China, India and Norway getting involved in the local culture and making good friends as she goes – then writing about them! On Judy’s first visit to Lebanon in March she fell for the country in a big way through its delicious food and lovely people (who like to eat and drink as much as she does). A chef’s dream, she likes her steaks still mooing, curries hot and is slowly learning it’s not always a good idea to announce ‘I’ll eat anything!’ in different parts of the world.



Leonore Dicker
Content Curator

Leo has been obsessed with food for longer than she can remembers. Raised in cosmopolitan London by a French mother (who could’ve been a chef) and a German father (who could’ve been a critic), food has always been the centre of everything. Writing is her second big love, and she has done so in Paris, New York, Kazakhstan and Beirut. She is currently experiencing the threesome of her deepest fantasies, and writing about food.



Tasha D’Cruz
Social Media and Behind the Scenes Support

Tasha D’Cruz (@ldnpaleokitchen) was born and brought up in Malaysia, a country united by its obsession with food. Malaysians will happily discuss what to eat for dinner while eating breakfast and will driving hundreds of miles for the ‘best nasi kandar in all of Malaysia’. She has lived in London for fifteen years and took over the blog London Paleo Kitchen in April 2015. She loved blog-writing so much that she decided to leave her job as Senior Editor for an academic publishing company to explore opportunities beyond the corporate world. She is a part-time student at the College of Naturopathic Medicine of two courses: Naturopathic Nutrition and The Natural Chef and looks forward to the day when she can be her own boss.


RashaRasha Barazi
Marketing and PR

Rasha grew up in a house where feeding people was always a sign of love and hospitality, and the concept of “say when” never really applied. She’s definitely adopted the same mentality and loves gathering her friends round the kitchen table over a delicious meal. What started out as serving simple dishes like fajitas and barbecues as a teenager has developed into a real love of cooking and mastering her family’s recipes.




Alessandra is an Italian food and travel photographer, now based in Cambridge (UK) where she lives with her husband and their two daughters. After a university degree in English Language and Literature, she worked for over ten years as an IT Translator and Language Consultant, until she realised that the number of hours spent obsessing over food and food photography was greater than those spent worrying about obscure software manuals. About three years ago she decided to turn her passion for food photography into a full time career and she has never looked back! She regularly contributes to Easyjet, Eurostar magazines and Waitrose Kitchen and hopes for many more travels and food adventures in her future.



Behind the Scenes Support

After living all around the globe, Kimberly now proudly calls London her home. She is a mother to a feisty 5-year-old, a yoga teacher, a student nutritional therapist and an adoption social worker. Her blog The Little Plantation shows off the sexy, simple, fun, healthy and oh-so-delicious side of vegetarian, vegan and raw vegan food. Be warned though, Kimberly is super passionate about plant-based food’s mind-blowing potential to nourish us from the inside out and make us feel happy, and consequently sure can talk about vegetables until the cows come home.


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Behind the Scenes Support

Emma is a foodie who would love to travel the world trying out all the different types of cuisine.  Food travel highlights so far have included cicchetti in Venice, sushi in Kyoto and crab curry on an island in Thailand. She has a degree in engineering and so is fascinated by the science of food. She also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with new ingredients, exploring different cultures and dancing.





If you’re a social media guru, you’re looking to gain experience in events planning, have mad marketing skills or just want to get involved with the coolest conference around, then now is your chance! We’re looking for people to help with everything from keeping our twitter fans engaged and up to date, writing catchy posts for our website to wet attendees appetites to PRadmin and on the ground help during the event itself.

In addition to a full weekend pass for the conference and all it entails, working with us is a great way to boost your CV and learn the ins and outs of how the industry works, as well as an opportunity to meet interesting and inspiring people along the way.

If you think that you could help make #FBC15 even better than before (no mean feat!) then get in touch today, send in your CV to and tell us a bit about yourself and how you might contribute, including how much time you can dedicate a week. Whatever skill sets you have, we can’t wait to hear from you and to embrace you into the FBC family as we get ready for the 7th year of food, fun and friends bringing the blogging community together.


Discover the FBC experience from some of our Alumni volunteers!

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Ceri Jones, FBC12 and FBC5 Volunteer Experience
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Jo Yee FBC5 Volunteer Experience
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Nick Beard’s FBC5 Volunteer Experience

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