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The Taste of Shakespeare in Four Seasons

Alan Deegan - Master Chef

Alan Deegan is an award-winning chef who has cooked for many Heads of State, including the Royal Family. He has worked at Claridge’s, The Savoy and Quaglinos Restaurant in London, as well as top establishments in Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland.Alan Deegan

Alan is also a consummate educationalist and has helped many students achieve their dreams of working in eminent world restaurants. As Head of Catering & Hospitality at the Stratford-Upon-Avon College he was the driving force in getting the Catering Department graded as a “Centre of Vocational Excellence” and awarded a grade 1, “outstanding” by OFSTED. He also guided the department into being the first in the country to be awarded the Training Quality Standard by the lead body for Hospitality and Catering. He has also very successfully devised and delivered educational cookery courses in Perigeaux, France, and San Bendetto Del Tronto, Italy.

He is a member of the British Culinary Federation, a judge for numerous cookery competitions and has served as a City and Guilds assessor. He is a founding trustee of the Ark Foundation and has used his supreme cookery skills to raise many thousands of pounds for charity. He is co-author of Introduction to Food and Beverage Service (Longman 1998) and holds the Guinness Book of World Records for creating “the world’s largest steak pie”!

Alycia Smith-Howard

Alycia Smith-Howard is a Shakespeare scholar, theatre director and columnist. She earned her PhD and MA from The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. She has served as a Shakespeare specialist in Britain and abroad, for a diverse range of stage productions, films, competitions, radio and television programmes.Alan Deegan Her book, Studio Shakespeare: The Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place (Ashgate, 2006) was shortlisted for the “Theatre Book Prize” by the Society of Theatre Research (London, UK) and selected for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Essential Shakespeare Reading List”. She is also the author of two works of dramatic criticism: The Critical Companion to Tennessee Williams (Facts on File, 2005) and The Suzan-Lori Parks Casebook (Routledge, 2007).

Alycia Smith-Howard lectures in Shakespeare studies and performance history for a range of organizations including: Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The National Trust, BADA (British American Drama Academy), The British Council and the Open University Shakespeare Society. Her previous academic appointments include faculty and fellow positions in Shakespeare studies at New York University and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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