Alex Barker qualified as a home economist working in the Nestle test kitchens and the marketing department of Buitoni foods. She then moved into magazines, including Woman's Own and Prima. She then launched Let's Cook. Her wide-ranging experience of food publications makes her a leading authority on food and she now works freelance as a food writer, and runs a picture library, Food Features. Sally Mansfield trained as a chef and then home economist before embarking on a career within magazines, including Prima, Me and Family Circle. After five years as a cookery editor she moved into freelance work and has written a variety of cookery books. Sally also works in radio and television, most recently as the presenter of Food Factory and as a chef on the popular Ready, Steady, Cook. In addition she regularly appears on Carlton Food Network and Channel Five.