A dash of kitchen innovation

August 11, 2017

We had our full quota of presenters again this week, as Ollie Lloyd from Great British Chefs returned to the studio alongside Guy Routledge and Sue Nelson armed with stories about his tortoise, Flash. Yes, this happened.

We’d rather let you listen to the podcast than explain the link between Flash and water, but it worked nicely. Jack Scott and Alex Wright are the collective brainpower behind Dash Water – they explain how they turn wonky fruit into refreshing sparkling water.

From water with a dash of goodness to angels with a lot of cookies – Harry was recently at the Allergy & Freefrom Show and heard from Karen Capetta. Her company, Angels & Cookies, was proving so popular that they were running out of samples. 

Our first two guests had proved to be a big hit – so maybe they should consider applying for The FoodTalk Awards next year. Our last guest would have sold it to them. Ritam Gandhi from Studio Graphene told how they scoped the Gold Award in our Smart Kitchen category with their Hawk Safety technology. Make sure you press play and find out what won over our judges.


Sweet life for your little urchins

August 4, 2017

You either love it or hate it – it turns out holidaymakers in this country just cannot get enough of Marmite, with the revelation that copious amounts are being seized at airports every day. You’ll love our FoodTalk guests this week too.

Sue Nelson and Guy Routledge were delighted to welcome another of our fantastic FoodTalk Award winners into the studio first-up. Danny Kingston proved he really is as Fabulous as Fanny after scooping gold for his Food Urchin blog. Hear the stories of calamity and success, in equal measure, which provide the backdrop for his popular writing.

Danny is a bit of an experimenter when it comes to food and drink, so he would have been interested to hear about the work of the Autumn Brewing Co. We caught up with them at the Allergy Show to hear how they are brewing beer with rice and quinoa.

Our last guest is on a mission. Luke Fernandes is from Sugarwise, which is a certification scheme for sugar claims made by the food manufacturing and food service sectors, with retail and brand support. Get your unrotten teeth into this one.


Top of the chocs

July 28, 2017

The summer holidays are here, but don’t bother jetting off to foreign lands – we have a perfect FoodTalk podcast for you right here, right now. Sue Nelson and Guy Routledge have a couple of high-profile interviewees for your pleasure.

First up, we had a TV star on the radio – how ironic. Paul A Young is on our screens at the moment as part of a BBC series that is looking at the history of chocolate – Paul has developed a reputation as one of the best chocolatiers in the country, and he brought some of his products to the studio. Perfect. 

From amazing luxury chocolate to brilliant vegan treats. There were plenty of awesome companies at the Allergy & Freefrom Show and one of those was Miiro Ice Cream – we caught up with Rym who told us all about how they’ve spent years developing their product to prosper in a growing market.

Our last guest was part of the team that has turned Red Bull into the megabrand it is today. Their former Marketing Director Huib van Bockel has stuck with the energy drink industry but has stripped back all of the chemicals with his new brand, Tenzing.


Summertime specialities

July 20, 2017

We love summertime at FoodTalk – it’s always the best time for food and drink and we had a bit of a summer special this week. Sue Nelson and Guy Routledge were most impressed.

 Our first guest is certainly a fan of the summer – he’s just had a special edition of his drink on sale at Wimbledon; I bet the Dalston’s Cola’s Strawberryade was Roger Federer’s winning drink of choice. Most will know the company better for their fantastic hand-made all natural cola though – Duncan O’Brien tells us how he has gone from Orient Express Chef to cola king.

Summer is also food exhibition season, so we sent Harry to the Allergy & Freefrom Show recently and he returned with a demonstration of a fantastic new Granite pan. No oil needed at all, not even for Fried eggs. Crazy stuff.

To top it off, we had a bit of a celebration with one of our FoodTalk Award winners. Sarah Ward took home a Big Apple award for Boozy Udders – a quite brilliant alcoholic cocktail ice cream. Sarah was also refreshingly honest about how tough it can be in the food industry too – definitely worth a listen.


Banishing crisp cash

July 14, 2017

With Wimbledon proceedings approaching the business end, we made sure that we served up an ace for everyone to enjoy from Henman Hill to Timbuktu.

First up, there were no backhanded compliments from our presenters Sue Nelson, Guy Routledge and Ollie Lloyd when they tried Emily Fruit Crisps. The trio were blown away by the fantastic, innovative and perfectly presented products put in front of them by founder Emily Wong.

We like to keep ourselves busy at FoodTalk HQ, so we made sure that we didn’t miss out any of the action from last weekend’s Allergy & Freefrom Show at Olympia. You might know their bread already, but we heard how Genius are looking to take the Freefrom world by storm in other areas too.

Finally, we welcomed Oliver White from Preoday onto the show. If you hate cash, then these guys are right up your street. They are developing white label technology which you can use everywhere from restaurants to music festivals.



Think foodie around the globe

July 6, 2017

In a week where Spam turned 80, we made sure we were a million miles from the tinned horror in our shish London recording studio – you wouldn’t catch Sue Nelson, Guy Routledge or Ollie Lloyd eating that stuff.

To start the show, we ended up taking a foodie tour around the world by discussing Ollie’s latest research with Great British Chefs. Which international countries are giving us inspiration? You’d better find out.

Sticking with the worldly theme, we welcomed Jack Fleming onto the show to talk about his venture SOOP (Stories on our Plate). They are running workshops around London with professional chefs to give refugees in the UK a chance to test their skills and maybe move into the industry.

The help didn’t stop there either though – next up was Rick Hay, The Superfoodist. Rick is a bit of a star when it comes to helping everybody keep fit and look younger through our food choices. You may have seen him on one of many TV shows on which he features.



Bready beer - the perfect match

June 30, 2017

Thank goodness – we’ve returned to our normal British summertime climate; blustery wind and drizzling rain. How reassuring. To keep the theme of normality going, we’ve got another fabulous FoodTalk for you.

First up, we got a bit saucy – we were trying to find our perfect match. Nope, we weren’t looking to replace Sue Nelson or Guy Routledge as presenters. Instead we had a great chat with Tiggs. They have created some fantastic sauces/dressings/marinades – whatever you want them to be really.

Another perfect match that we’ve had recently is pairing up some fantastic innovative companies with the awards that they deserve at The FoodTalk Awards. One of those was Kitchup, we matched them with a silver award for their app which helps growing companies find kitchen space to expand their operation. Charlie Jones gives us the lowdown on what they do.

From one winner to another, we welcomed the ‘Chief Toaster’ Rob Wilson on to the show. We didn’t grab him from a random canteen – he’s actually the brains behind a quite brilliant brand of beer called Toast Ale. We love these guys…they turn beer into bread, need we say anymore?


No rats in mi kitchen

June 23, 2017

Brexit looks to have given us an expected benefit this week, we’re living in a Caribbean climate right now – it’s fantastic. Don’t worry though, we’ve been getting too hot too but, alas we have some things to cool us down on this week’s FoodTalk Show. 

Now, our first guest is probably more akin to an interview on Radio Two rather than FoodTalk radio, but hear us out. We love red wine, so how perfect that we had the Red Red Wine hitmakers UB40 on the show. Yep, that’s right! The reggae band’s frontman Ali Campbell joined us on the phone.

So, why did we have UB40? Well, we had Jerome Jacob from Eminent Life to put it into clarity. Jerome’s company team up with musical legends to create limited edition bottles of wine and UB40 make a perfect fit thanks to their Red Red Wine link.

If you think that’s award winning radio, you should come along to the FoodTalk Awards next year. A couple of weeks ago we hosted an amazing night at the Oxo Tower and Sue Nelson lends her thoughts on how it went and why we did it. 

So, after that, to really cool us down we had to get some Ice Cream on the show and The Coconut Collaborative hit the spot perfectly. You may have seen their coconut-based products in the shops already, and James Averdieck was on-hand to run us through the success story.


Cheers to the award winners

June 16, 2017

It has been a week of celebration here at the FoodTalk Show. On Monday we hosted our first-ever FoodTalk Awards – a fantastic night of foodie innovation, which took place at London’s Oxo Tower overlooking the Thames.

We heard from a couple of the winners on the night, including Toast Ale, Boozy Udders and B-Tempted, but on Thursday we returned to the relative normality of the FoodTalk studio. Sue Nelson, Guy Routledge and Ollie Lloyd blasted away any awards night cobwebs with the help of some fantastic guests.

Presenting can be a hungry job, so luckily our first guest had their finger on the pulse when it comes to street food. We heard from Leon Travers of Kerbstop they have developed an app to beat the big takeaway giants by helping people to find pure and simple food. 

Moving on… If there were any hangovers from our night in the spotlight, we had a bit of a hair of the dog remedy thanks to Lee Caulfield. He brought along a nice mobile freezer full of delicious ice cream and, even better, it was also filled with booze – Cheers have developed the world’s most alcoholic ice cream.



Spanish sojourn in the studio

June 9, 2017

As the UK went to the polls for the General Election, we had no losers in our FoodTalk studio this week with Sue Nelson being joined by Guy Routledge and Ollie Lloyd.

First of all, to take us away from the palaver at Parliament – we had a sumptuous snifter of Spain. Hams, oils, cheese and much more; Brindisa have fantastic shops in Balham and Borough to showcase the Mediterranean marvels and Monika Linton told us all about their work.

From fantastic food, we moved on to energizing water. We caught up with Henry Weston a while ago and flexed our interviewing muscles to chat with the Protein Water Co.

From Spain and the UK, we then spoke to somebody who grew up in Italy – our guests this week have certainly rattled up some air miles. Alessio D’Antino is one of the founders of Crowdfooding and gave us some valuable advice as to how make your food business rise like a good bread should  in the oven.

Make sure you tune-in next week to hear the first reactions from The FoodTalk Awards which are taking place on Monday 12th June.