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Fortnum's Presents: Our Hungry Minds Podcast

 

NOTHING BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER LIKE THE POWER OF FOOD

 

In our second series of Hungry Minds, hosted by the wonderful Felicity Blunt, we’ll once again be exploring, challenging and celebrating our shared love of all things food.

 

And this time, we'll be looking at some of the other things that enrich our lives too. Taking the reins from our friend Tom Parker Bowles, Felicity will be sitting down with chefs, campaigners and cultural leaders alike to talk about everything from our appetites to the arts.

 

The ideas and views represented in this podcast are not endorsements or views of Fortnum & Mason.

 

 

Series Two

 

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE

 

Season Two of our Hungry Minds podcast kicks off with a festive cracker. And with a new season comes a new host – literary agent, foodie and all-round lover of good stories, Felicity Blunt.

 

Joining Felicity for her first episode is the supremely talented Sir Matthew Bourne OBE. For over 30 years now, Sir Matthew has created and directed some of the most iconic musical, theatre and film productions of our generation including Swan Lake, Mary Poppins and the Christmas classic, Nutcracker!

 

In this, our last episode of 2020, we discuss festive Fortnum’s memories, finding inspiration during the lockdown, and the power of art to change our lives. With a new year just around the corner, we hope it’s not long before we’re all able to enjoy his wonderful

productions once again.

 

Series One 

 

Episode 1: Patrick Holden

 

Supporting sustainable food systems that nourish people and the planet is crucial for driving positive change, so who better to kick off our Hungry Minds podcast than self-professed ‘back-to-the-lander’ and Sustainable Food Trust founder, Patrick Holden?

 

Having led the charge for adopting a more holistic approach to food production since starting a community farm in Wales during the 70s, Patrick is now a highly regarded international activist championing carbon-negative farming practices and organic, artisan food movements.

 

Here, in an inspiring chat with our series host, Tom Parker Bowles, Patrick celebrates the collective power of conscious consumerism, and reveals why farming in harmony with nature is key to tackling climate crisis.

Episode 2: Matt Tebbutt

 

Joining Tom Parker Bowles this week is friend, chef and much-loved face of Saturday Kitchen, Matt Tebbutt – who recalls how mistaking mentor Marco Pierre White for a waiter led to his first big break in the industry.

 

Now a positive player in our weekend watching, Matt reveals the thrills and spills of filming live during lockdown, provides the inside track on up-and-coming talent, and reflects on the childhood holidays in Europe that convinced him to trade a career in the RAF for the kitchen.

 

Episode 3: Bee Wilson

 

The power of food, and the intensely personal relationship we have with it, has come to define more than just our waistlines. Today, it is an extension of our identities; a sense-fuelled tool we can utilise to nourish and nurture, empower and please.

 

Joining Tom Parker Bowles for this deep dive into the psychology of food is award-winning journalist, author and historian Bee Wilson, who, having written four critically acclaimed books – including her latest title First Bite: The Way We Eat Now – offers fascinating insight into the culture of consumption.

 

Here, they debate how to positively tackle the modern obesity crisis; reflect on the transformative, joyful nature of cooking; and discuss how the post-lockdown landscape is shaping a positive future for British produce.

Episode 4: Angela Hartnett

 

Michelin-star chef, restaurateur and long-standing friend of Fortnum & Mason, Angela Hartnett has always had a flair for bringing people together through food, most recently fuelling frontline NHS workers through the lockdown of a global pandemic.

 

Here, she chats to host Tom Parker-Bowles about her involvement in the not-for-profit COVID venture, Cook-19, reveals what working with Gordon Ramsay was really like, and shares how a childhood immersed in authentic Italian cooking inspired her to kickstart her own business.

Episode 5: Josh Niland

 

With his most recently published cookbook, The Whole Fish Cookbook – a notable exploration of his ‘nose to tail’ method of cooking fish – Josh has been praised for turning the way we cook fish on its head. Alongside his wife Julie, he has made his remarkable dishes accessible through his acclaimed restaurant Saint Peter and his sustainable fishmongers The Fish Butchery, the first of its kind in Australia. Both are based in Paddington in Sydney, Australia.

Josh joins Tom to discuss his journey to becoming a chef – from a 16-year-old working in a café in Australia to cooking alongside Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck in Bray – to his visionary views on how to properly prepare and cook fish in a sustainable way with minimal waste, and his favourite types of British fish too.

Episode 6: Yotam Ottolenghi

 

One of the most influential chefs of the last decade, Yotam Ottolenghi is an internationally acclaimed author, chef and restaurantuer who made his fame by introducing bold new flavours and ingredients, and transforming the way we eat and consider vegetarian food.

 

In 2002 - together with his business partner Sami Tamini – he launched their flagship delicatessen, Ottolenghi, in Notting Hill. Its popularity has seen three more open since then, as well as the NOPI and ROVI restaurants. Yotom has just released his eighth cook book, Ottolenghi Flavour, which he co-wrote with fellow chef Ixta Belfrage . Unsurprisingly, it’s already a bestseller!

Episode 7: Asma Khan

 

Award-winning chef, restaurateur and philanthropist, Asma Khan, has been voted ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Asian Restaurant Awards and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the Asian Women of the Year Awards. In 2017 she opened her exceptional restaurant Darjeeling Express on Carnaby Street and her debut cookbook Asma’s Indian Kitchen was published by Pavilion in 2018.

 

She joins Tom to discuss her inspiring journey from Calcutta to Cambridge and from supper clubs to Soho. Tom and Asma discuss why she believes restaurants should be ranked on how they treat people, her work setting up employment for traumatised Yazidi women, and her belief that “you do good and everything else works”. Anyone fortunate enough to have visited Darjeeling Express will know she’s certainly living proof of that.

Episode 8: Chef Thomas Keller

 

Chef Thomas Keller is renowned for his culinary skills and high standards. He has established a collection of restaurants that sets a new paradigm within the hospitality profession. He is the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide, as well as the first American male chef to be designated a Chevalier of The French Legion of Honor.

 

He is also a Number One New York Times bestselling author with more than 1.5 million copies of his cookbooks in print. His sixth and most recent book, The French Laundry, Per Se, was released in October 2020. He joins Tom to discuss the importance of practice and persistence for young chefs, Keller’s much anticipated new cookbook and who the creators of his favourite shortbread are. Spoiler alert: it’s Fortnum's!