Allegra McEvedy co-founded Leon, the award-winning healthy, fast-food restaurant group. In 2008, she was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry. She is the Resident Chef of the Guardian’s G2, and writes a blog column for the Observer Food Monthly. Her second book Allegra McEvedy’sColour Cookbook won the IACP 2007 Cook Book award. She was born and educated in West London, where she still lives.