This week, I go way off the beaten track in Thailand with Thai-born food writer, and delicious. columnist, Kay Plunkett-Hogge. We go in search for the food of Kay’s childhood, in the roadside cafes and markets of Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. To start, I catch up with Kay who tells me how she absorbed recipes from her Thai nanny, learnt how to cook Thai food and how Thailand…View Post
Thoughts beyond the podcast as I meet some of the most interesting people in the world of food and drink.
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…View Post
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…View Post
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…View Post
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…View Post