The What's Cooking Podcast

The What's Cooking Podcast

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Beth and Kat are two lovers of all things food who bring you weekly insights into the adventures of fellow epicureans and their businesses. Focusing on the journey and not the destination, they will explore what gets their guests out of bed in the morning and what life looks like when you’re starting from scratch in this competitive sector.


48 : Dixie | Aphrodite’s Food
Jul 15 • 70 min
Street food, supperclubs and launching a product with Dixie - chef and creator of Aphrodite’s Food For this episode we spoke to Dixie about her seriously impressive experience within the food industry. From growing up around artisan food at an early age…
47: Jenny | Rubies in the Rubble
Jul 9 • 47 min
Raising awareness of food waste, creating value from surplus and what it takes to run a crowdfunding campaign, with Jenny - founder of Rubies in the Rubble. For this episode, we sat down with Jenny, founder of Rubies in The Rubble – makers of “condiments…
46: Dale | The Medicinal Chef
Jul 1 • 63 min
Maintaining trust, longevity and relevance in a 15+ year career and leading a successful multi-hyphen business with Dale - chef, nutritionist, presenter and author of 14 books For this episode we spoke to Dale about all the different elements of The…
45: Saliha | Saliha Mahmood Ahmed
Jun 25 • 65 min
Winning MasterChef, writing a book and campaigning for better NHS meals with Saliha - cook, NHS doctor and author of new book Khazana. For this episode we spoke to Saliha about her experience as a contestant, and eventual winner, of MasterChef UK - we…
44: Rav | Countertalk
Jun 17 • 51 min
Creating a network for chefs, promoting fair and equal working conditions in kitchens and what it really takes to put on an event - with Rav, founder of Countertalk. For this episode we sat down with Rav, pastry chef and creator of Countertalk – the new…
43: David | Toast Ale
Jun 11 • 65 min
Creating a product with surplus bread, tackling food waste through positive action and putting the mission for change before profits with David, Head Breadwinner at Toast Ale. We spoke to David from Toast Ale about all things food waste and how to tackle…
42 : Elly | Elly Pear (Curshen)
Jun 3 • 63 min
Honing the book writing process, creating a community online and testing recipes with Elly Curshen, chef, food writer and more! For this episode, we spoke to Elly Curshen, who’s third cook book, Green, has just been published and is already finding huge…
41 : Maxine | Polka Pants
May 27 • 43 min
Creating practical and stylish chef trousers for women, creating a pattern that fixes the issues with current options – drawing on personal experience - and keeping production in the UK with Maxine, founder of Polka Pants. Welcome back to The What’s…
40 : Clem | Yoga Brunch Club
Mar 4 • 69 min
Making yoga more accessible through food, collaboration and running sell-out events with Clem, founder of Yoga Brunch Club. We spoke to Clem, founder of Yoga Brunch Club about how she is making yoga more accessible through her beautiful and welcoming…
39: Howard & Vivien | Little Moons
Feb 26 • 46 min
Manufacturing a frozen product, building a white label success into a one of a kind retail brand and creating a family business, with Howard & Vivien - co-founders of Little Moons, makers of delicious, high quality mochi. For this episode, we chatted to…
38 : Pip | Pip & Nut
Feb 18 • 54 min
Crowdfunding before launch, creating a strong brand from the outset and encouraging a new perspective on food. We spoke to Pip, founder of Pip & Nut, about how she went about launching a new type of nut butter. Pip & Nut create 100% natural, nutritious…
37 : Margie | Desert Island Dishes
Feb 11 • 55 min
Launching a top podcast, the importance of sharing accessible recipes and throwing yourself in at the deep end with Margie, creator of Desert Island Dishes, chef and food writer. For this episode we spoke to Margie about her hit podcast Desert Island…
36: Melanie | Smith & Sinclair
Feb 5 • 54 min
Fulfilling a need with a new product, constant innovation and the importance of mentorship with Melanie, co-founder of Smith & Sinclair. We chatted to Mel about how she and co-founder Emile started their brand to fulfil a need for non-liquid alcoholic…
35 : Danielle | Qnola
Jan 29 • 49 min
Creating a new breakfast product, promoting through alternative methods and learning to appreciate your achievements with Danielle, founder of Qnola. For this episode we chatted to Danielle, founder of Qnola. Danielle created a Quinoa based cereal which…
34: Joel | The Good Egg
Jan 22 • 53 min
Turning a pop up success into a permanent site, the challenges of learning on the job and allowing a second site to form it’s own identity with Joel, co-founder of The Good Egg. For this episode, we spoke to Joel, one of three founders of neighbourhood…
33: Joanna | Pump Street Chocolate
Jan 14 • 62 min
Award winning packaging, scaling the production of single origin & single estate chocolate and growing a ‘retirement’ project into a destination bakery with Joanna, co-founder of Pump Street Bakery and Pump Street Chocolate. For this episode, we spoke to…
32: Alex | Social Pantry
Jan 8 • 57 min
Growing a catering business into a six site operation, employing ex-offenders and going with your gut with Alex, founder of Social Pantry. For this episode, we sat down with Alex of Social Pantry to hear the hugely inspiring story of how she has grown her…
31: Sarah | Made in Hackney
Jan 1 • 74 min
Building an eco-community kitchen and what that means, creating fun but educational experiences around food and adapting to the reality of the business with Sarah from Made in Hackney. Welcome back to The What’s Cooking Podcast! For episode 1 of season 4,…
30: Saasha | Olio
Sep 17, 2018 • 63 min
Reducing food waste, encouraging a shift in mindset and developing a globally successful app with Saasha from Olio. For our final episode of the season, we spoke to Saasha, co-founder of food sharing app, Olio. Along with her co-founder Tessa, Saasha’s…
29: Abi | Le Choux
Sep 10, 2018 • 61 min
Launching a unique artisanal product into markets, Fortnums and Selfridges and the realities of working in a fast-paced, patisserie kitchen Le Choux brings classical French patisserie to London with their unique offering of choux buns filled with a…
28: Andrew | Vanilla Black
Sep 3, 2018 • 79 min
Establishing a restaurant with no prior experience, pioneering a new approach to vegetarian cooking and staying true to core values with Andrew of Vanilla Black. For this episode, we sat down with Andrew of pioneering vegetarian restaurant Vanilla Black.…
27: Will | Minor Figures
Aug 28, 2018 • 52 min
Making speciality coffee more accessible, bringing a new product to market and learning along the way with Will, one of the co-founders of Minor Figures. We chatted to Will, one of three co-founders of coffee company Minor Figures. Selling cold brew…
26: Melissa & Leo | Modern Baker
Aug 22, 2018 • 65 min
Discovering a new way to bake, proving a concept and taking a scientific approach to healthy eating with Melissa and Leo from Modern Baker. For this episode we spoke to Melissa and Leo, founders of Modern Baker - the Oxford based company who are…
25: Tom | TRIBE
Aug 13, 2018 • 49 min
Turning a passion into a business, creating a community and the power of the cause with Tom, one of three co-founders of sports nutrition specialists, TRIBE. We sat down with Tom, one of three co-founders of sports nutrition company, TRIBE. Co-founders…
24: Henrietta | Henrietta Inman
Aug 7, 2018 • 56 min
Natural baking, book deals and adapting formal patisserie training to create delicious nourishing recipes with Henrietta Inman. We chatted to super talented pastry chef, cookery teacher and author Henrietta Inman about her two beautiful recipe books –…
23: Ed & Rich | Doisy & Dam
Jul 31, 2018 • 40 min
Superfood chocolate, creating a socially responsible company and bridging the gap between mass market and artisan with Ed & Rich, co-founders of Doisy & Dam. We spoke to Ed and Rich, co-founders of superfood chocolate brand Doisy & Dam. We discussed their…
22: Deepa | Besococo
Jul 27, 2018 • 62 min
Mastering a challenging raw material, utilising creativity in business and being a positive role model with Deepa, creator of traditional Belgian chocolates featuring seasonal flavour profiles…as well as a few classics! For this episode, we sat down with…
21: Annie & Jonny | Spoon Cereals
Jul 24, 2018 • 72 min
Turning a passion project (very quickly) into a business, taking opportunities to mould your brand along the way and crowd funding for investment with Annie and Jonny, co-founders of Spoon Cereals – producers of delicious granola and muesli with the…
20: Tessa | Tessa Stuart
Apr 17, 2018 • 59 min
Developing a new research technique, helping brands understand their market and creating with confidence with Tessa Stuart, in-store researcher, business consultant and best-selling author. Episode note: For the last episode of our second season, we were…
19: Mary | Onist Food
Apr 9, 2018 • 41 min
Staying true to your core values, working with investors and overcoming production challenges with Mary, creator of Onist Food. For this episode, we sat down with Mary, founder of Onist Food, creators of ‘the healthy avocado chocolate pot’ stocked at…
18: Arthur & Tas | Brother Marcus
Apr 3, 2018 • 59 min
Provenance and short food mileage, building a successful team and learning to balance a new business with other elements of life with Arthur & Tas, two co-founders of Brother Marcus, the Balham café serving deliciously innovative brunch menus and hosting…
17: Meredith | Food at Heart
Mar 27, 2018 • 61 min
The power of chocolate, the importance of slowing down and manageable ways to incorporate mediation into every day with Meredith from Food at Heart. We discuss all things chocolate and meditation with Meredith from Food at Heart - from the importance of…
16: Joey | High Mood Food
Mar 20, 2018 • 48 min
The power of fermentation, balancing high and low energy tasks and recognising your achievements with Joey, co-founder of High Mood Food, the London café offering delicious gut-friendly dishes. For this episode, we chatted to Joey, co-founder of High Mood…
15: Hugh | Ugly Drinks
Mar 12, 2018 • 59 min
Disrupting the market, taking time over decisions and creating an opportunity from obstacles with Hugh, co-founder of Ugly Drinks, creators of 100% natural flavoured sparkling water. We sat down with Hugh, co-founder of Ugly Drinks – the sugar and…
14: Rebecca | Rock My Bowl
Mar 6, 2018 • 50 min
The importance of branding, trusting in a strong support network and learning to say ‘no’ with Rebecca from gourmet breakfast and lunch popup, Rock My Bowl In conversation with Rebecca from gourmet breakfast and lunch popup, Rock My Bowl, we discussed the…
13: Mira | Mira Manek
Feb 26, 2018 • 45 min
Organically growing a business, the benefits of supper clubs and changing the perception of Indian food with Mira Manek. In this episode, we sat down with Mira Manek – chef, author and entrepreneur to hear about how she has grown a business organically…
12: Dana | Arganic
Feb 20, 2018 • 51 min
Building a sustainable and ethical business with passion and dedication, achieving work life balance and creating a premium product. We talked to Dana from Arganic, purveyors of 100% organic, single origin Argan Oil – both culinary and cosmetic. We heard…
11: Rupy | The Doctor’s Kitchen
Feb 12, 2018 • 50 min
The power of nutrition, growing a business out of passion and wellbeing advice with Rupy from The Doctor’s Kitchen, helping everyone to live happier, healthier lives through food and lifestyle medicine We’re so excited to be back and for our first episode…
10: Beth & Kat | The What’s Cooking Podcast
Jan 2, 2018 • 35 min
Looking back on series 1, how we got started and our personal influences with us (Beth & Kat) of EK Bakery, Kat Bakes London and of course, The What’s Cooking Podcast! It’s the final episode of series 1 so we decided to take a look back on some of our…
9: Safia | Dear Safia
Dec 26, 2017 • 36 min
Being fearless and developing style and a love of food through travel with baker, photographer, food stylist and writer, Safia We talk to Safia about the multitude of roles within the career she has carved out for herself. We ask what it’s like starting…
8: Chloë | Nibs etc.
Dec 18, 2017 • 26 min
Reducing food waste, balancing business with other pursuits and silencing your inner critic with Chloë from pioneering food brand, Nibs etc. We talk to Chloë from Nibs etc. about what sparked her innovative brand and how she developed a creative and…
7: Hedie | Husk and Honey Granola
Dec 11, 2017 • 26 min
Working with family, taking on responsibility and keeping motivated with Hedie from award-winning, premium granola company Husk & Honey. We discuss how Hedie took her passion for a fresh, premium product and turned it into an award-winning family…
6: Ama | Lucocoa Chocolate
Dec 4, 2017 • 35 min
Interpreting customer feedback, balancing two full time jobs and being part of the chocolate revolution with Ama from bean to bar chocolate makers, Lucocoa. We sat down with Ama from Lucocoa Chocolate to discuss how she gets her bean to bar chocolate out…
5: Ali & Chloe | Health is Wealth
Nov 27, 2017 • 30 min
Approaching corporate clients, the benefits of a business partner and keeping well at work. We talk to Ali and Chloe, founders of corporate wellness company, Health is Wealth, and discuss their vision for the future of healthcare within the workplace. We…
4: Emily | Weligama
Nov 24, 2017 • 21 min
The importance of taking every opportunity, developing a new style of cooking using local seasonal produce from the UK with flavour principles from Sri Lanka and the journey of personal development that creating Weligama, the book, has taken Emily on. We…
3: Izy | Top with Cinnamon
Nov 22, 2017 • 50 min
Books deals, photography skills and kitchen cheats with Izy Hossack, creator of popular blog Top with Cinnamon. We delve into the various sides to Izy, including author, photographer, stylist and student! We discuss how she honed her photography and…
2: Ryan | Borough 22
Nov 14, 2017 • 52 min
Building a successful business with Borough 22, creators of vegan and & gluten free doughnuts We sat down with Ryan from Borough 22, London’s first vegan and gluten free doughnut company. Stocked in Selfridges, Planet Organic and myriads of cafés and…
1: Noreen | MyBaker
Nov 9, 2017 • 30 min
Applying for funding, being willing to adapt your idea and how to build your business using social media. We talk to Noreen from MyBaker, the online platform connecting talented bakers with customers requiring baked treats. We discuss how she went about…