Food waste with Tom Hunt, Yotam Ottolenghi’s new book and Nigel Barden’s new TV show: listen now

This week, I find out how food waste has become central to the cooking of both eco chef Tom Hunt and Madonna favourite, Skye Gyngell. I talk to Yotam Ottolenghi about his new book Simple and meet fashion-guru-turned-Spelt-farmer, Roger Saul. And afterwards, I catch up with Nigel Barden to hear about his new TV show.

Food waste with Tom Hunt, Yotam Ottolenghi’s new book and Nigel Barden’s new TV show: listen now

So, what’s in the October pod? First up is delicious. editor Karen Barnes. Karen lovingly tells me about the importance of The School of Artisan Food.

I caught up with eco chef Tom Hunt, at his restaurant Poco Tapas Bar, for a slice of his life. He told me about creating a menu for 200 people, key ways to reducing waste and how River Cottage played a large part in shaping his career. Poco is a shortlister in this year’s Food Made Good Awards, under the ‘Serve More Veg & Better Meat’ Category.

At this year’s Abergavenny Food Festival, Skye Gyngell revealed what inspired her three-course menu ‘Scratch’. The menu uses leftovers and is available at her restaurant Spring, in Somerset House.

Yotam Ottolenghi explains that while his new book is titled ‘Simple’ it’s really all about ease. He describes the five ways his cookbook strives to make cooking easy  – each represented by a letter in the word ‘simple’.

When Roger Saul thought ‘what is life really all about?’ he decided it was time to trade in his career, of designing Mulberry handbags, for sacks of flour. He tells me why he was encouraged to grow spelt.

Nigel Barden has become one of the most well-known voices in food radio. You can now find him on TV in the brand new series ‘Drivetime Dishes’. We reminisce back 28 years ago to when we first met and he tells me why this TV show is a must-watch.

And to end the episode, I head to the delicious. test kitchen for a top tip from cookery assistant Oliva Spurrell. You’ll have to listen to find out what, of course…

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