The FoodTalk Show
THE MASTERCHEF EDITION

THE MASTERCHEF EDITION

August 8, 2022

Philli Armitage-Mattin is a Masterchef finalist and famous for her love of Asian flavours. She invited Susie and AJ to her new pop up venture at the Intercontinental in London's poshest address, Park Lane, right in the middle of Mayfair. We also revisit Susie's interview with the lovely Anna Haugh of Myrtle restaurant in Chelsea who is about to take over from Monica Galetti on MasterChef: The Professionals.

CHILD LABOUR IN THE CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY

CHILD LABOUR IN THE CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY

August 1, 2022

Susie and AJ are somewhat shocked by the contents of the programme this week and you might find it unsettling too. Ben Greensmith of Tony's Chocolonely uncovers the dreadful world of child slave labour in the chocolate industry and why we should be asking some difficult questions of the major chocolate brands in the UK.

BEING THE ’GOOD GUY’ IS GOOD BUSINESS

BEING THE ’GOOD GUY’ IS GOOD BUSINESS

July 25, 2022

Susie and AJ don't really know what a B Corp is, but they know that more and more consumers want to know where their food comes from and that it is being sourced and made responsibly. Enter Guy Tullberg of Tracklements and Jonathan Parker of Foodari who can both demonstrate why sustainability and good ethical practices make good business sense.

IS THE MICROWAVE A RELIC FROM THE 1970’S?

IS THE MICROWAVE A RELIC FROM THE 1970’S?

July 18, 2022

Is the microwave a relic from the 1970s or can it still be used to create a nutritious meal for the whole family? Nicci Clark of Re:Nourish explains to Susie and AJ how she has embraced the much maligned 'convenience' sector to create one of the most convenient products yet invented.

CAN EXPERIENCE MAKE YOUR BRAND GROW?

CAN EXPERIENCE MAKE YOUR BRAND GROW?

July 11, 2022

You might have a fabulous brand, a great venue or the best tasting product in the world, but how do you cut through the social media noise to get heard and be seen? AJ and Jon Mills explain to Susie the use of 'experiential' marketing and how it helps to win customers and build a community of ambassadors.

EAT CAKE AND DRINK CHOCOLATE

EAT CAKE AND DRINK CHOCOLATE

July 4, 2022

"Eat cake now" proclaim AJ and Susie. If you just look at the beautiful creations hand-made by Eloise Hale you would not be able to resist tucking in either. She explains how she makes her beautiful creations and is joined by Darren Little of Cocoba who talks about hot drinking chocolate. We're not talking Nesquik here, it's the soothing, cocoa based heaven for grown ups. Should we have marshmallows with that or not? Whooshy cream as well? Possibly.

WE ALL DESERVE AN ALCOHOLIDAY

WE ALL DESERVE AN ALCOHOLIDAY

June 27, 2022

We are very lucky to have Ellie Webb in the studio today with her incredibly popular non-alcoholic drink Caleño. We also have Matt from Lixir, which is just as well as he mixes some fabulous non-alcoholic cocktails with Ellie for AJ and Susie to taste. Did you know you can use a pineapple spike as a garnish? Nor did we and what is the thing about having too much ice? You really can get that cocktail vibe without the alcohol and not have to wake up with a headache. 

TALKING FERMENTATION DOWN AT PETER’S YARD

TALKING FERMENTATION DOWN AT PETER’S YARD

June 20, 2022

Susie and AJ admit they doesn't really know anything about fermentation and yet it underpins so much of the foodie stuff they love - sourdough, vinegar, beer, pickles etc etc. What is the mother thing? How do you get a starter? All is revealed with our two experts from Peter's Yard and Slow Vinegar. We never thought you could find a vinegar that genuinely tastes better than some wine, and the cheese and crackers are to die for!

THE LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD

THE LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD

June 13, 2022

Farming is a science, coupled with some trial and error and a good deal of experimentation. Naturally the weather plays a big part too. AJ and Susie talk to two farmers who both happen to be called James and have generations of experience behind them. They want to know how today's farmers play a part in the local community. How they are so important for preserving and caring for our landscapes and whether you need to wear shorts all year 'round! In addition, they taste some bread that is simply sensational. 

DOGGIE DESSERTS FOR YOUR PAMPERED POOCH

DOGGIE DESSERTS FOR YOUR PAMPERED POOCH

June 6, 2022

Dog ice cream is a thing apparently. Just so you don't get confused we mean ice cream for dogs. You have to be careful to make sure the ingredients can be consumed by pooches obviously but they can be eaten by humans too. Enter Sally Newall of the multiple award winning Simply Ice Cream company who has just launched her first doggie ice cream. Susie and AJ have a taste and give it the thumbs up. They're also joined by Keith Morrison of Solley's Ice Cream and along with Sally they spend the rest of the show, well . . . just tasting a succession of new flavours until they run out of time. Hello summer.

JACK FRUIT. IT’S BIG AND BUMPY!

JACK FRUIT. IT’S BIG AND BUMPY!

May 30, 2022

Susie and AJ are joined by Lisa Marley who pretty much knows everything there is to know about plant-based cooking. Her inspirational recipes have been featured in ELLE magazine, Women's Health, Time Out and Take a Break, to name a few and Cosmopolitan magazine regularly teams up with Lisa to offer their readers virtual plant-based masterclasses. As well as writing magazine articles, she does interviews and live demonstrations at food festivals, and is a trained nutrionist. Oh yeah, and does a lot of work in schools. Phew! They're also joined in the studio by the splendidly named Biff Bloom Burrows to sample his Biff range of vegan products - how did he go from working in McDonald's to making plant-based burger sauces? And what the hell is jack fruit?

TINDER FOR THE FOOD SECTOR

TINDER FOR THE FOOD SECTOR

May 23, 2022

AJ and Susie meet Katy Cox and Floortje Hoette (Flo for short) this week where they discuss the merits of rescued food. Flo describes the wonderful FoodLoop app, which is a sort of Tinder for the food sector. It connects food left on the shelf with someone who is looking to cherish it and let it shine. So those businesses who have unwanted goods can connect with those who want to turn it into something delicious. Katy is the founder of Wasted Kitchen. If you want a lunchbox, cocktail box, meeting box, party box or whatever, she is your saviour. A mouth-watering assortment of dips, rice dishes and salads in compostable kraft brown boxes made from unloved veg is her forte. She makes amazing pickles with all that unloved veg too. Yum.

EATING MANGO IN THE BATH

EATING MANGO IN THE BATH

May 16, 2022

We have a new presenter today, taste expert, AJ Sharp, and two wonderful guests. They have both managed to take their inspiration from another country and skilfully combined that with the best their home county can produce. Maria Bradford is a classically trained French chef and now makes the most incredible juices and sauces inspired by her family background in Sierra Leone. Susie knows nothing about the country and is keen to learn about the cuisine which uses mango, cassava, ginger, chilli and garlic to such great effect. Meanwhile, Finn Dunlop of Macknade explains how the centuries old farming family have used their Italian connections to develop probably one of the best farm shops in the country. 

TWO FOR TEA AND TEA FOR TWO

TWO FOR TEA AND TEA FOR TWO

May 9, 2022

Jane and Susie welcome two tea experts for our programme this week. Nick Gandon of Reginald Ames and Nigel Abbott of Bergamia. Both have a huge amount of experience in importing and blending tea. What size teabag is best? How long do you leave the finest tea leaves to brew? With milk or without? All these questions and more are debated. But if you want to know how to make the perfect cup of breakfast tea first thing in the morning then Nigel has the definitive answer. 

SCOTTISH WHISKY VERSUS THE ENGLISH STUFF

SCOTTISH WHISKY VERSUS THE ENGLISH STUFF

May 2, 2022

Scotland has a glorious history of whisky making. It's romantic, almost magical and definitely world-class. In this episode of the FoodTalk programme, Jane and Susie get to taste some English whisky with renowned whisky expert and Scottish whisky distiller Annabel Thomas. What do they all make of the new English kids on the block and is it really whisky as we know it? Listen to find out. 

TAKE IT WITH A PINCH OF SALT

TAKE IT WITH A PINCH OF SALT

April 25, 2022

Susie and Jane admit that they don't really know anything about salt, except our bodies need it but not too much. Is there any difference between common old table salt and seasalt or rocksalt? How is it 'made'? Luckily they have Gregorie Marshall of Blackthorn Salt on hand to explain how they make this amazing stuff up in Ayr. The story of salt is truly fascinating.

WHY EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT FOLKESTONE

WHY EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT FOLKESTONE

April 18, 2022

Susie and Jane get to talk to the inspirational James Lawrence in this week's episode. He explains why Folkestone is now so hot, with the Harbour Arm a hugely popular food, drink, art and music destination. Think greek food (served in a blue and white double decker bus), street food from Argentina, artisan hot dogs, seafood shacks, a champagne bar in a lighthouse, tacos, tapas and tequilas. He goes on to talk about Dr Legumes the fine dining plant-based restaurant with the most mouth watering menu you've ever come across, that he set up with his pal Lee Desai. They started in the Harbour Arm car park and have never looked back. If you've not been to Folkestone Harbour Arm, the neighbouring Sunny Sands beach or the harbour - what are you waiting for? 

HOW TO GET A 3 STAR ’GREAT TASTE AWARD’

HOW TO GET A 3 STAR ’GREAT TASTE AWARD’

April 11, 2022

Sue has changed her name, no longer is she Sue Nelson but is now Susie Warran-Smith. Something to do with getting married apparently. Anyhow Jane and Susie have two wonderful guests this week - AJ Sharp and Stu MacDonald. AJ is a seasoned judge for the Great Taste Awards and explains how the judging works and exactly what constitutes the star ratings they give. That's just as well, as Stu is our other guest. He is the founder of ManiLife peanut butter, which just happens to be the most Great Taste awarded peanut butter in the UK, including a coveted 3 star. Find out how he makes the nutty breakfast favourite and why he needs some recipes for his new cookbook.

BREAD THAT IS OH SO SPECIAL

BREAD THAT IS OH SO SPECIAL

April 4, 2022

Sue travels to Margate to meet the lovely people at Speciality Breads, the artisan bakers. Neil, the development chef explains the range of products they make, then Sue goes for a tour around the factory to watch them make a huge batch of teacakes. Meanwhile, Neil can't help himself and cooks up a real treat for Sue's lunch which is waiting for her when she gets back to meet Simon the managing director. It looks like a scene out of British Bake Off. Yum!

IRELAND’S BEST SELLING BLACK PUDDING EVER

IRELAND’S BEST SELLING BLACK PUDDING EVER

March 28, 2022

Hari Ghotra joins Sue as a guest presenter this week and the subject is black pudding. The first mention of this interesting delicacy can be found way back in Homer’s Odyssey. The family business of our studio guest, Colette Twomey, doesn’t go back quite that far, but Clonakilty Blackpudding Company certainly has an impressive history. Founded in the 1880s and still family run, the company produces truly delicious black pudding, along with equally tasty sausages. Sue fails to get the secret family recipe out of Colette but does get lots of insight into how to cook this hugely underrated breakfast treat. 

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