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Food writer James Ramsden and musician Sam Herlihy dish up a weekly offering of food-related nonsense, exploring the complex and often confusing world of modern gastronomy. One minute they might be discussing the qualities of rice vinegar, the next asking whether or not Cher actually enjoys sharing plates. With special guests and even more special games, The Kitchen Is On Fire is a essential listening for anyone with ears.

Food writer James Ramsden and musician Sam Herlihy dish up a weekly offering of food-related nonsense, exploring the complex and often confusing world of modern gastronomy. One minute they might be discussing the qualities of rice vinegar, the next asking whether or not Cher actually enjoys sharing plates. With special guests and even more special games, The Kitchen Is On Fire is a essential listening for anyone with ears.
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Food writer James Ramsden and musician Sam Herlihy dish up a weekly offering of food-related nonsense, exploring the complex and often confusing world of modern gastronomy. One minute they might be discussing the qualities of rice vinegar, the next asking whether or not Cher actually enjoys sharing plates. With special guests and even more special games, The Kitchen Is On Fire is a essential listening for anyone with ears.

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Episodes

Ep151: Ghosts And Gooses

8/12/2018
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It's the final episode before our over-haired pair take an utterly undeserved summer break and instead of doubling down on intelligence and wit, they do their usual and fling ever more nonsense on the pile they've been building for one hundred and fifty episodes so far.... A semi-libelous start involving the pair behind Hot-Dinners.com sampling cocaine by a swimming pool rapidly devolves further into wood on a boat, the necks of geese, and chipolata cookery on a beach. James is/was...

Duration:00:53:31

Ep150: Salad Cream Tears | Featuring powerful legends James Ramsden and Samuel Herlihy

8/6/2018
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"Knock Knock!" "Who is there?" "Tree Beard from ‘Lord Of The Rings’!" "You just knocked on a slab of your own flesh!" "What?" The door you knocked on is made of wood, like you! "I didn’t think about that." "Wake up Treebeard and smell the wood you big……tree!" If TickyOff was a tree, it would be a big knobbly number, a tree of many rings, a fair amount of root rot, maybe a creepy owl in a hole and no doubt packing some serious fungus about the midriff. The above is a tree related way...

Duration:01:11:35

Ep149: My Idyllic Manhunt | Featuring actor James Norton

7/29/2018
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This is a podcast. It is sounds in your ears. This is what this is. Nothing more, plenty less.... Check these newsworthy events out! James has been swimming this week, whilst looking like Pablo Escobar. Sam has been concerned that events in his life may be linked by more than mere coincidence. Together they've been to Brigadiers for dinner, James told a mayo based lie and Sam experienced a last minute baked alaska situation. Then actor James Norton bowls in and topics get serious. James N...

Duration:01:55:19

Ep148: Brenda's End | Featuring food writer Lizzie Mabbott

7/22/2018
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I’ll level with you, this episode is very much a game of two halves, a yin and a yang, an MJ and McCartney groove….and that weirdly quasi racist slow jam is not a bad reference because this week Sam and James are joined by food writer Lizzie Mabbott to discuss racism in the world of food, with particular reference to the grim events of the last few weeks in a particular London restaurant. Go look on Twitter for #somsaashitshow if you want to get the grim backstory to the entire grim mess....

Duration:01:20:22

Ep147: The Rural Clown | Featuring singer songwriter Ed Harcourt

7/15/2018
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This week upon Thee Most Holy TickyOff, James and Samuel are straight up joined by the mighty Ed Harcourt up in the office. Ed babbles up a storm on New Orleans, falling into a pit of spiders, his move to the countryside and Graham Coxon's nickname for him. Ed is also producing sounds from his mouth about chopping wood, his drug related kryptonite and how to stay creative when you have kids. How's this for a spoiler?....Prior to Mr Harcourt's arrival James and Sam correctly predict the...

Duration:01:25:29

Ep146: The Mysteries Of Customer Woo | Featuring landlord of The Guinea Grill Oshin Rogers

7/6/2018
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Wake up and smell the word noises dribbling from human mouth parts! James opens up like a clam of chat to discuss his beard line, his rogue mother-in-law and his discovery of a single grey hair somewhere strange. Sam gushes human language sounds like a methane vent on a buried landfill site concerning such wondertopics as suicide hotspots, dawn walks and Paul Rudd. Then esteemed man about town and landlord of one of London's finest boozers shows up and things take a turn for the...

Duration:01:29:01

Ep145: Everything I Know About Horses | Featuring writer Dolly Alderton

6/29/2018
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Okay, think about big things.....what are you picturing? Mountains? Elephants? KFC Megabuckets? Sam's face? Do you know what is bigger than all of those things? Far bigger. This damn episode. This episode is a vast and impressive thing. Heft? It's got it. Expanse? Of course. Girth?....there can be no doubt about it. Like* a dumb podcast version of an Icelandic saga we begin with a refurb at Pidgin and Sam looking at James in an odd fashion. You also hear about a delightful seafood-based and...

Duration:01:58:43

Ep144: Monkey Hands | Featuring restaurant creative director Lizzy Barber

6/22/2018
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I told you normal dum dum service would be resumed this week.... James is back from Italy and feeling heavy. Sam urinates all over the floor following a run in with a stern nurse. Whilst in Italy James cooked a fish from the River Nile and placed his trust in a wise butcher. Sam watched 'Notting Hill' and decided it was a film about people needing to....go. After this nonsense-babble our heroic podchimps get serious, and seriously sad to pay their respects to one of their own heroes...

Duration:01:31:51

Ep142: Flasher! | Featuring food journalist James Hansen

6/11/2018
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"I've got the key, I've got the secret" someone sang on a terrible song a while ago. If the key and the secret is actually episode one hundred and forty two of TickyOff then YOU now have said key and said secret and you have these aforementioned items without that garbage song puking in yer ears....anyway... Food journalist and baby faced drinker James Hansen is here and the topics are deep. We're talking canned tuna, a deep dive into the world of coffee, cakes made of gravy and working in...

Duration:01:23:03

Ep141: Anne Frank On The Face | Featuring Writer Anna Sulan Masing

6/1/2018
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Crumbs. It's actually here. That's right. Episode 141 is here. What a number! What a number of episodes to have achieved. It's also World Otter Day at TKIOF Towers. Scenes. Real big scenes.... Sam gets GapShamed and has a whistling nose. James is on odd, pretty drunk form having fallen asleep on the tube, watched 'Patrick Melrose' in the wrong order and done a super funny joke on Islay. Praise be to Anna Sulan Masing who appears just in time to throw down on some flat out weighty topics...

Duration:01:28:00

Ep140: The Butcher | Featuring chef and author Tim Anderson

5/25/2018
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Look out! Episode 140 is about and by about I don't mean 'hanging around, just kind of blending in to the background and minding it's own business'. I mean ABOUT! This episode is staggering around like a drunk fool on a packed tube train. Up in your face! Stinking of booze! And crisps! And whatnot! This week James is ratty and has run a half marathon while Sam may be wearing racist trainers and hasn't seen 'The Lion King". There are question marks over how much human remains and/or dog...

Duration:01:33:23

Ep139: The Pratfall Effect |Featuring The Wine Show's Joe Fattorini

5/21/2018
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First up, why in all hell did Nosferatu have long fingers? Secondly, what actually is missionary work? Huge questions posed this week by medium sized men, both in brain size and in bodily...bulk. Amidst the usual TKIOF ballyhoo there is genuine drama this week as Sam's wife takes a break from buying garbage on Gumtree to save a choking child, James has zero service at a beloved London restaurant and this week's guest reveals exactly what happens when you defrost a mouse in a...

Duration:01:36:14

Ep138: Mutton Pellets | Featuring Radio One's Chris Stark

5/14/2018
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James and Sam are this week joined, via human contact within the same room on a little place I like to call Planet Earth, by another homo sapiens type creature. This one goes by many names but for the purposes of this podcast we shall know him by his actual name, Chris Stark! Chris dishes many tonnes of dirt on life at Radio One, studying politics, his infamous Mila Kunis interview and his new found love for cooking. Before that, James continues to lower the bar when it comes to...

Duration:01:40:30

Ep137: Nugget Of Necessity

5/7/2018
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It's duo week on TKIOF in that there are only two people mouthspeaking. Those two people are James and Sam. You know them. You like them very much. You'll also like hearing them breathing in air and spewing out wise thoughts and unwise idiocy. Examples this week include Sam telling a Spanish lady his name is Elias, James cooking a turbot on Jersey and the pair of them being very unsure as to how radar works. Sam has taken a liking to Sundays, James plays hardball with a gym membership...

Duration:01:05:34

Ep136: The Georgian Toastmaster | Featuring food writer and author Olia Hercules

4/30/2018
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Wames Wamsden and Wam Werlihy begin this weeks waffle with many words (once again) upon one of their favourite topics, the films and general vibe of Christopher Nolan. Keeping it filmic they go on to talk nonsense about Bladerunner and talk respectfully about the passing of director Milos Forman. They discuss their recent evening cooking at Magpie, James tries to convince Sam that the Earth is flat and Sam tries to convince James that coffins can move of their own spooky accord, in a...

Duration:01:49:10

Ep135: Peach, Sardine, White Rabbit | Featuring food writer and author Diana Henry

4/23/2018
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This week James and Sam are joined by beloved cookbook author and all knowing cookery sage Diana Henry. This three-mouthed babble machine trades chat based blows about pizza ovens, River Cottage and The Sportsman. Diana spills the beans on her trip to White Rabbit restaurant in Moscow and Sam and James dish on how they come up with dishes at Pidgin. See? They dish on dishes. Wonderful. Furthermore, James says broadcast again and they all discuss the language of food, Gabrielle Hamilton...

Duration:01:32:09

Ep134: Shaggy And The Stew | Featuring Q Magazine Deputy Editor Niall Doherty

4/16/2018
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Rejoice all those who hate Sam and his awful nasal voice. his microphone broke halfway through the recording. The good news is he’s a lot quieter than normal, the bad is that in order to get him even somewhat audible the sound quality is not perfect. Humble apologies, hopefully it won’t affect your enjoyment too much, a few sound issues are a small price to pay to hear this week’s guest…. It’s episode one hundred and thirty four and Deputy Editor of @qmagazine Niall Doherty is here....

Duration:01:33:07

Ep133: Sporty Chaps | Featuring Eater London Editor Adam Coghlan

4/9/2018
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Welcome all to episode one hundred and thirty three of what many people call their absolute favourite thing in their entire lives, TKIOF. This one is the very opposite of short, in that it’s long. However, unlike massive snakes, this is long for a reason. The TickyOff Boyz are joined this week by Adam Coghlan, editor of Eater London, natty dresser and would be flaneur. Before he shows, James and Sam discuss Harold Shipman, Sixpence None The Richer and Calabrian sausage lahmacun. James...

Duration:01:27:50

Ep132: Messing With The Fabric | Featuring Victor Garvey

4/3/2018
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The tension is high, the tide is high, Sam and James may be high. Anyway Adam from Eater is once more running scared (until next week anyway) so Victor Garvey of Rambla restaurant fame steps in to yap it up with the TKIOF-Bozo-Corps upon such topics as Noma, El Bulli, fizzy sangria, paella and the price of snails. Prior to Victor's arrival, James tells all about a delightful time he once had and also visits new Shoreditch restaurant, Leeroy, where he is defeated by a giant gland. Sam says...

Duration:00:59:35

Ep131: Struck By A Nugget With MiMi Aye

3/26/2018
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"Are you going to Scarborough Fair?" they sang. No we are not, we are going to a kitchen that just so happens to be on fire. Also, just FYI, we are not keen on twee folk music and thyme can be an overpowering herb. This week The Boardroom has been left behind for a new spot in The Office. Sam has cooked some braciole while James's Dad cooked a foul soup. James himself drove North with no quarter given to the MiniBeast From The East, all to eat the aforementioned grim soupy treat. Some...

Duration:01:30:03