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Spencer Turer
Spencer Turer
Coffeetaster

Spencer began his coffee career in 1994 as a Barista/Café Manager and first roasted coffee in 1995. His management experience includes coffee quality testing and product development, green coffee sourcing and trading, retail marketing, menu development and barista training. He has traveled to coffee producing countries, touring farms and mills, sourcing the world’s finest coffees.

Spencer is a member of several coffee industry committees including Chairman of the Technical Standards Committee of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, a member of Technical & Regulatory Affairs Committee of the National Coffee Association and the Editorial Advisory Board for ROAST Magazine. He is a founding member of the Roasters Guild and served on the first Executive Council. Spencer is a frequent presenter and instructor at trade conferences, and has published articles on coffee topics in trade and consumer magazines, assisted book authors on coffee industry topics. He is an experienced coffee competition judge including Cup of Excellence, the United States Barista Championship, and the first Q Auction program.

Spencer is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Johnson & Wales University, earning degrees in Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management. Spencer is Licensed Q Grader, SCAA Certified Lead Instructor. SCAA Certified Golden Cup Technician, Roasters Guild Certified Coffee Roaster, SCAA Certified Coffee Taster and in 2015 received the “Outstanding Contribution to the Association Award” from the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

MANUELA TURINO
Mrs
MANUELA TURINO
Hotel Manager

A strong foundation in the management of family restaurants from an early age in my homeland of Spain.

Food and Beverage Specialities:
Operations development and management, concept creation, interior design coordination/implementation, project management, tenders & build, Hospitality finance, recruitment, market feasibility studies, marketing, large project master-planing, franchising, local and international experience.

ANTE UDOVIČIĆ
Mr
ANTE UDOVIČIĆ
Head Chef

Ante started making his own pizza dough at the tender age of six and knew that one day he’d become a chef. Today, Ante is one of the region’s most acclaimed culinary talents who not only holds a MasterChef certification, but has also trained in the world famous Institute Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France. Ante is a very versatile chef who has experience in many culinary genres, but his passion lies in fine dining and experimenting with new flavours and cooking techniques. Prior to joining the pre-opening team as Paradigma’s Head Chef, Ante, amongst other places, was Executive Chef for Zagreb’s first French restaurant, Les Ponts and Sous Chef at the Kempinski Adriatic.

Miguel Ullibarri
Mr
Miguel Ullibarri
Partner at A Taste of Spain

I'm one of the team members at A Taste of Spain www.atasteofspain.com When I was involved in the international promotion of Ibérico ham, I learned from traditional Ibérico farmers and producers that taste is only part of it, values and passion is what makes any food, wine or dish truly special. These are the intangible aspect that we help our customers experience when they visit Spain with us.

Niamh Ultaigh
Ms
Niamh Ultaigh
Self-employed

I am an artist. I became interested in cooking following an accident which left both of my arms, 4 bones, broken. Watching television was my primary passtime. Most TV offerings seemed formulaic and dull, but I found the cooking shows interesting. Global cuisine quickly became a passion. The only frustration was that I was not able to cook in bi-lateral casts; so, I committed many techniques to memory. Once free of my exo-skeleton, I began to cook, and cook and cook. I love the alchemy of food.

Hans Jörg Unterrainer
Mr
Hans Jörg Unterrainer
Restaurateur & Sommelier

10 Years Traveller as a Professional Snowboarder – participating at Olympic Winter Games & X Games. Winner of the Overall Europe Cup 2005 – Winner World Winter Games 2005 – 7th place at World Championships 09.
Not really connected to the World Gourmet Business at during that time but always travelling with opened eyes and mind and now trying to combine all these priceless experiences with our Austrian traditional style.

Filipa Valente
Ms
Filipa Valente
Founder of Taste of Lisboa Food Tours

Hello, I am Filipa. I'm the founder of Taste of Lisboa Food Tours, based in Lisbon, Portugal. I'm a Lisboner foodie who grew up in town. I love Lisbon, its food culture and its lifestyle. I believe food can lead us far beyond gastronomy: Food fosters social interaction and can take us into deep thrilling explorations and discovers about the culture and history of a place. That’s why I founded Taste of Lisboa Food Tours: to allow foodie travellers and foodie explorers to have contact with it, learn and taste as much as they can while visiting this wonderful destination.

Besides tasting Lisbon’s gastronomy and learn how to cook local dishes, at Taste of Lisboa Food Tours we designed our offerings to let our guests learn about the history, culture, architecture and neighborhood’s local entertainment and restaurant offerings. Our aim is for everyone to return to these neighborhoods with the confidence of a local and prepared to take advantage of the wide range of food and cultural options they have to offer.

That's the way I love to travel too: to be hosted and hang out with locals who show me the real food and culture of their place.

Aafke van der Lippe
Ms
Aafke van der Lippe

I'm running Masterbrand, a Strategic Marketing Agency where I support companies and brands in developing and marketing their product or service. I'm a guide in transition management and a leader for creative and commercial marketing concepts in new business. Specialist in media brands and always in for out of the box projects that create a nomadic lifestyle!

Passion:
Worldwide traveling. Running. Food. Hiking. Outdoors. Classic cars. Good coffee