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Gilly Smith

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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How to Cook Like… Ramael Scully

I joined Ramael Scully, or Scully as he’s known, in the kitchen of his eponymous restaurant in St James’ Market, London.We discuss how his background – he grew up in Malaysia and Sydney with a mixed heritage of Chinese, Indian, Irish and Balinese – influences his flavours in the restaurant.Then it was time for lunch, so he showed me how he feeds his staff with a flavoursome salmon recipe.

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Tom Kerridge and why TV chefs are still teaching Britain to eat

It’s twenty years this Easter since Jamie Oliver first slid down that spiral bannister in The Naked Chef. As he hopped onto his scooter, he introduced a new audience to the idea that food could cook them up a whole load more than what’s on the plate. Food became about taste – as in lifestyle rather than flavour, but did it really get people cooking? Well, yes if you believe…

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Georgina Hayden on the best job in the world and stirring slowly

We talk about what it’s really like to work for Jamie Oliver and what it takes to succeed in the world of food. Spoiler: you may have to scrub some pans. After leaving Jamie Oliver, Georgina has forged a freelance career with a fantastic Instagram following; for her personal account and @peaandthepod –an account with ideas for feeding a toddler. I dig to find out how she grew her Instagram following and how she decides…

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Behind the book with Saliha Mahmood Ahmed

In this week’s podcast I talk to the 2017 MasterChef winner, Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, to discuss her new Indo-persian book Khazana. It all started with a passion to find out more about the Mughal empires of the 15th-18th centuries and luckily for Saliha, the emperors of that time adored their food so much, the history of their food was well documented. She discovered just how extraordinary their contribution to food was. Khazana, meaning ‘treasure trove’…

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