Born in Samoa and brought up in New Zealand, Monica moved to Britain to work alongside Michel Roux Jnr at Le Gavroche in London. She became a household name when she joined the team as a judge on MasterChef: The Professionals, and has gone on to co-present Amazing Hotels – Life Beyond the Lobby.


Monica Galetti is one of the best-known female chefs in the UK. As well as working at Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche restaurant she has become a regular on TV. Perhaps best known as one of the judges on MasterChef: The Professionals, she has also fronted Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby and appeared on a range of food and lifestyle programmes.

Born in Samoa and raised in New Zealand, Monica developed an early interest in food. She studied hospitality and trained as a chef in Wellington before entering cooking competitions around the world. She received an offer from Michel Roux Jr to work as first commis at his two-Michelin starred Le Gavroche. Monica worked quickly through the kitchen ranks to become the first woman to be senior sous-chef in the restaurant’s fifty-year history. She was also appointed head chef and launched Le Gavroche Tropiques in Mauritius.

Whilst at Le Gavroche Monica also worked alongside Michel on television, most notably as a MasterChef judge where her professional, no-nonsense yet approachable style won over audiences. After over a decade at Le Gavroche, Monica left the restaurant to set up her own venue, the acclaimed Mere.

Away from the kitchen she has also appeared on shows Further Back in Time for Dinner, The One Show and Pointless Celebrities. She has also written three books, Monica's Kitchen, a collection of her favourite recipes, and The Skills: How to become an expert chef in your own kitchen, which combines recipes with the tricks of the trade needed to elevate domestic cooking to another level. In At Home, Monica shares her most beloved recipes for relaxed home cooking, arranged in inspiring menus for breakfast, quick weeknight meals and family get-togethers.


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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

We were joined at 87 Barts Close by three brilliant speakers on a panel that delved into the complex world of Artificial Intelligence. Over the hour our panellists de-mystified AI, speaking about AI’s immense promise for enhancing our lives, alongside the apprehension it has generated regarding job security, privacy infringement, and ethical considerations.


87 Barts Close, 87 Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7EB


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, Julia Gillard, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, London