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Gilly Smith

The Easter Episode: With Steven Lamb, Dan Saladino and the food lovers who’ve found their happy place.

This month’s pod is all about finding your happy; River Cottage’s Steven Lamb argues that curing your own bacon delivers the key to Paradise, Dan Saladino tells me that after 13 years of presenting Radio 4’s The Food Programme, he’s finally got something to say in his book-in-progress, ‘The Ark of Taste’, and nomadic chef, Michael Watt, formerly of Brighton’s 64 Degrees tells me why he ran off to set…

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How to Cook Like.. Andy Oliver of Som Saa

This week, I meet with chef Andy Oliver at his Shoreditch restaurant Som Saa to see how he cooks a classic Thai recipe; green papaya salad. While Andy creates a delicious papaya salad, he gives advice on where to find the ingredients he uses in the recipe. He tells me how he came to own a Thai restaurant including, right at the beginning, working with with Thai food hero David Thompson at…

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Darina Allen, the queen of Irish slow food

At a special – and rather noisy – dinner at Selfridges, we celebrated the female producers who’ve played such a huge role in putting Irish food on the map. We discuss how and why Darina got into cooking. From a teacher telling her that she’d never be able to use cooking in a career to meeting her future husband… who just so happened to be her boss’s son. Darina tells me how…

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Zest Quest Asia

Zest Quest Asia, founded by Cyrus Todiwala – chef patron/owner of Café Spice Namaste and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen – and his wife Pervin, is designed to encourage the next generation of chefs to bring excellence to Asian cuisine. I find out what the students are cooking in the final as well as find out more about the authenticity of Asian cuisine, including the methods, ingredients and classic elements. Then we…

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Caroline Eden on The Black Sea

The Black Sea has received high praise, just last week it won a special commendation at the prestigious Andre Simon Awards. From Istanbul to Odessa, Caroline and I travel around The Black Sea and discuss the inspiration behind her book. Caroline calls it ‘a travel book with recipes’ so you’ll not only discover recipes – inspired by meals, meetings and literature – you’ll also learn about the people, their stories and culinary…

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