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Each week Sue Nelson, Author of FoodTech UK, Ollie Lloyd, Founder of Great British Chefs and Holly Shackleton, Editor of Speciality Food Magazine interview the best producers and experts in UK food, finding out how to source the perfect ingredients and make amazing food for family and friends.

Each week Sue Nelson, Author of FoodTech UK, Ollie Lloyd, Founder of Great British Chefs and Holly Shackleton, Editor of Speciality Food Magazine interview the best producers and experts in UK food, finding out how to source the perfect ingredients and make amazing food for family and friends.


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Each week Sue Nelson, Author of FoodTech UK, Ollie Lloyd, Founder of Great British Chefs and Holly Shackleton, Editor of Speciality Food Magazine interview the best producers and experts in UK food, finding out how to source the perfect ingredients and make amazing food for family and friends.




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Best of both worlds

Great chocolate and delicious coffee that are gentle on the environment. Coffee is a big deal in Ollie’s world, so Guy Wilmot from Bird & Wild Coffee is under pressure to impress. Luckily, he’s up to the challenge – Bird & Wild is the UK’s only bird-friendly and shade-gown coffee. Although coffee naturally grows in the shade, it’s commonly grown in the sun by commercial producers in order to increase yields and speed up the process. This has a negative impact on bird populations, due to...


A touch of spice and all things nice

We’re hot to trot with this exotic episode. There’s a spicy atmosphere in the studio this week and for once, it’s got nothing to do with Ollie’s shirts. Arun Kapil from Green Saffron has brought in an array of fabulous spices, which the company provides in a variety of different blends. They aim to create blends that bring out the best in each element on a plate and treat spice as a flavour ingredient, not just a regional touch. Jack Galliano of Galliano Dining is well aware of the...


Back to basics

The lost arts of home cooking and proper use of salt Sue has finally returned from her exotic adventures in South Africa, with lots of stories to tell. You’ll need to tune in, if only to hear about the bath on the train… Our first guest, Rosalind Rathouse, hails from South Africa originally but her mission is not an exotic one. As the founder of Cookery School at Little Portland Street, Rosalind wants to encourage more people to get into the kitchen and get cooking. Apparently, one in...


Bread of heaven

Amazing sourdough and gin fuelled by romance – what more could you want? Ollie has temporarily moved house and he’s now living above an amazing bakery. But there’s no time for Sue and Holly to feel jealous, because there’s some delicious bread right here in the studio. Lovingly Artisan Bakery has a mission to return bread to the centre of the table. Baker Aidan Monks makes incredible double fermented artisan sourdough from heritage grains that has been a huge hit with discerning shoppers....


Behind the grill

Tune in for the best of British and the magic of the Med. This show begins with some fond reminiscing as Sue recalls the best meals she’s ever had at London’s Moro restaurant. Luckily, among today’s guests is Sam Clark, who founded Moro with his wife in 1997 to celebrate the food of the southern Mediterranean. Both Sue and Ollie are huge fans, so they’re delighted to welcome a true food hero to the studio. They’re joined by another chef with a very different style – Nick Deverell-Smith,...


Quiz your thirst

We hear about the state of the drinks industry and the new ideas bubbling up. Sue starts this week’s show with a pop quiz – can our hosts and guests guess at the bestselling spirit brands? Or the most popular lagers, tonic waters and soft drinks? There may be a few surprises in there… One of today’s guests has some insider knowledge about this topic. Richard Chamberlain from Drink Warehouse has some interesting insights of his own to add, along with a top tip for low and no-alcohol drink...


The right connections

Tracking down the best dishes in town and shaking up FMCG. Where can you get the best cheese toastie around? Or the most delicious doughnut? Or the most sensational sushi? Well, it’s time to share your recommendations because a new app is taking the guess work out of making your next gourmet discovery. Originally inspired by a hunt for raspberry sorbet, Eaten compiles user reviews of dishes, rather than restaurants. So, if you’re in the mood for a great Sunday lunch and don’t have time to...


Colouring food of the past

We’re hitting up history for some fresh food ideas. Food history and writing are both under the spotlight this week, as two culinary wordsmiths share their very different outlets for gourmet expression. Sam Bilton is a freelance food historian, writer and cook who also runs a supper club, Repast, where she showcases her modern interpretations of historical food. If you fancy a blast from the past, you need to get a seat at Sam’s table, but what is her own favourite gastronomic era? Her...


Passion for plant-based

Plant-fuelled passions surge with this week’s trio of innovative products. This week’s show gets underway with a discussion about alcoholic drinks, including a truly heroic cocktail recommendation from Ollie. It’s not the most apt start though, as this episode focuses on healthy alternatives that don’t involve alcohol. Rosh Amarasekara from Humble Warrior is here to tell us about her range of plant-based drinks aimed at the health-conscious adult soft drink market. Using extraordinary...


Food on screen

What is the greatest food TV programme ever? It’s a family affair in the studio today, as the team are joined by Ollie’s sister, Antonia – who just happens to be a BAFTA award-winning producer who has worked on many of the UK’s top food and drink programmes. She gives us some behind the scenes glimpses of life in foodie television, such as MasterChef: The Professionals and The Great British Menu. Plus, we hear from two other guests who are no strangers to the small screen. Dr Sarah Jarvis...


Food of the Gods

Charcuterie is on the menu today, along with some visionary chocolate. So, how are your New Year’s resolutions going? If you’ve fallen off the sugar wagon already, don’t worry – our first guest will make you feel good about giving in to gourmet chocolate. Edinburgh-based Coco Chocolatier not only allow its visionary chocolatiers free rein to explore amazing flavours, they also work with artists to create fantastic designs for the packaging. Calum Haggerty is in the studio to tell us more...


The A.I. Diet

How will AI transform the way you shop and eat in 2020? Holly has finally given up her globetrotting in order to re-join Sue and Ollie in the studio. Once they’ve checked in on how their New Year’s resolutions are going, they take a look at tomorrow’s world by investigating the hot foodie topic of artificial intelligence (AI). From self-service supermarket checkouts to the algorithms that push online advertising at us, we interact with AI every day. But how is it being put to good use in...


CBD - What's the deal?

Three experts bust some myths about controversial cannabidiol. Ever since CBD, or cannabidiol, products started to hit the UK market following law changes a few years ago, the media has been full of conflicting stories about its safety and efficacy. Is it a dangerous way of supplying cannabis to an unsuspecting public, or a harmless yet effective alternative to traditional medicines? There are strict legal guidelines in the UK around the medical claims that can be made for CBD. But Sue and...


It's a chefs life

What does 2020 have in store for our two exciting guests? It’s a brand new year and we’d like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2020. To kick off the year, Ollie and Sue have invited two brilliant guests who are both at exciting stages in their food careers. Marianne Lumb is a chef who reached the final of BBC’s MasterChef in 2009, going on to open her own London restaurant and also be a finalist in 2018’s Great British Menu series. The Saturday Kitchen Live regular is now...


A mistle-toast to the holiday season

Continue the Christmas cheer with some top recommendations for Boxing Day. Only Sue and Ollie have managed to struggle into the studio today, with straining stomachs after the usual Christmas excess. However, they’re never too full to enjoy some fresh flavours, so they’re delighted to extend a festive welcome to three fascinating guests. Charlie Holland from Gusbourne Estate in Kent has brought in some of their fantastic sparkling wine to keep the party going, which sparks a conversation...


Legend of the airwaves

Renowned food journalist Sheila Dillon joins Sue for a very special show. Our host Sue Nelson is beyond excited for this very special, festive edition of The FoodTalk Show. She’s joined by legendary food journalist, Sheila Dillon, who has been presenting BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme for over 20 years. Once they’ve finished sampling some tasty treats from Sheila’s native Lancashire, the pair get talking about Sheila’s remarkable life in food and the media. After starting out with a very...


Alcohol you later

Non-alcoholic drinks innovation means you can enjoy the party without the hangover. It’s just two weeks to go until Christmas and Sue, Ollie and Holly are getting into the festive spirit. There’s talk of turkey versus chicken, the best Christmas breakfast and – most controversially – how early is too early to break out the alcohol? Well, with the UK non-alcoholic drinks market on the rise, you might decide not to risk a Boxing Day headache at all. Innovators like today’s guests are working...


Sweet taste of success

Prepare for an education about the secret life of snails… This week’s show is a very special edition because we’re meeting not one, not two, but three categories winners at the Future Food Awards. Dorset Snails took the Farm to Fork crown when the judges were wowed by the incredible taste and texture of their produce. The company’s entire farming process also impressed the panel, so Sue, Ollie and Holly want to know more about this innovative firm. David Walker is on hand to give us an...


Futuristic Food

From space age food to hot new talent, we’re looking at the flavours of the future. There’s a packed studio this week as three fantastic guests drop in to chat with Sue, Ollie and Holly. First up, we hear from Nourish3d – the cutting-edge company that wowed the Future Food Awards judges enough to be unanimously voted Supreme Champion. Melissa Snover explains the science behind the world’s first truly personalised 3D printing daily nutrition stack, plus she’s brought in a sample that has...


Cordial relations

Forget squash – we’re talking classic cordials with a modern twist. Until fairly recently, cordial has had a bit of an underwhelming reputation. If you associate it with elderly ladies or over-sweet squash drinks, this week’s show has a surprise in store. Natasha Steele is in the studio to share the story of Urban Cordial, a brand of which Sue is already a big fan. For centuries, cordials were viewed as medicinal concoctions and in some parts of the world, the term refers to a tonic, syrup...