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
These podcasts that I present and produce are about the many and various aspects about food culture, food identity and the impact of food on the planet. Some feature big name celebrities and some the biggest influencers behind the scenes.
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
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…View Post
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…View Post
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’…View Post