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Welcome to Desert Island Dishes, the weekly podcast where chef Margie Nomura talks to a special guest about the dishes that have shaped their lives.Here you will find conversations with a whole range of different people discussing their 7 Desert Island Dishes. We will find out about their favourite childhood dishes, the dishes they eat the most often, and the dishes that mean the most to them. And of course we will also discover what their last dish would be before being cast off to the desert island.
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Welcome to Desert Island Dishes, the weekly podcast where chef Margie Nomura talks to a special guest about the dishes that have shaped their lives.Here you will find conversations with a whole range of different people discussing their 7 Desert Island Dishes. We will find out about their favourite childhood dishes, the dishes they eat the most often, and the dishes that mean the most to them. And of course we will also discover what their last dish would be before being cast off to the desert island.
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    Sally Clarke: Founder of Clarke's

    Sally Clarke: Founder of Clarke's

    My guest today is Sally Clarke
    Sally has been described as the unsung hero of British food, and her cooking a masterclass in simplicity. She was just 14 when she envisaged the restaurant that she would one day open and this year Clarkes celebrates it’s 37th year.
     
    Despite the prevailing fad for Nouvelle Cuisine at the time she opened in December 1984 , she never waivered in her mission to showcase fresh and seasonal ingredients, cooked simply and in her trademark unpretentious style. It’s no wonder her restaurant was Lucian Freud’s favourite haunt
     
     
    In the 25th year of being in business, she was awarded an MBE in the queens birthday honours list for services to hospitality – an award she modestly states she shares with everyone involved in the running of Clarkes. Alongside the restaurant, she runs a booming bakery business which has over 120 wholesale customers, and sees them making over 60,000 mince pies during the run up to Christmas. . If you’ve ever tucked into a pain au chocolage on the Eurostar, chances are it was one of Clarkes.
    She has just written her third and self proclaimed final book. It has been said that she is a quietly successful restaurateur, described by Jason Atherton, amongst others as Britain's answer to Alice Waters.
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    • 39 min
    Ravneet Gill: Pastry Chef, TV Presenter and Author

    Ravneet Gill: Pastry Chef, TV Presenter and Author

    My guest today is Ravneet Gill
    Ravneet is fast becoming one of the best known pastry chefs of her generation.
    After completing a psychology degree, she studied at Le Cordon Bleu before working her way up the ranks in different pastry sections at some of the best restaurants in London - most notably, St. John, Llewelyn's, and Wild by Tart.
     
    Ravneet published her first cookbook - in April 2020 entitled 'The Pastry Chef's Guide: The Secret to successful baking every time' as a handbook to dispel the fear around baking. And since then it looks as though her feet have barely touched the ground.
     
    She joined both the Telegraph and Guardian Feast as their new baking columnist and starred as a judge on Channel 4’s Junior Bake Off alongside Liam Charles and host Harry Hill. A winner at the 2021 GQ Food & Drink Awards, this year she also launched The Damson Jelly Academy online cookery school
     
    In 2018 she set up an organisation called Countertalk; a platform designed to help connect chefs, provide education and promote healthy work environments in the hospitality industry. The countertalk platform has gone from strength to strength over the last few years through Ravneet's hard work.
     
    In addition to all of this, She has just brought out her second cookbook, Sugar, I Love You.
    Ravneet has said:
    ‘Pastry is an art but it is also food so remember to stay in touch with your ingredients, reflect the seasons in your food and, for the love of God, don’t use strawberries in December.’
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    Thank you to our season sponsor Cooks Matches for helping us to bring the show to you each week. Head to their website www.cooksmatches.co.uk for lots of recipes and foodie inspiration.

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    • 49 min
    Daphne Oz: Chef, TV Host and New York Times Bestselling Author

    Daphne Oz: Chef, TV Host and New York Times Bestselling Author

     My guest today is Daphne Oz.
    Daphne is an Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times best selling author, chef, and entrepreneur focused on the worlds of food, beauty, wellness, fashion and media.
    She also happens to be the mother of four children proving that you can have a very successful career and be a present mother.  
     
    Daphne is the eldest daughter of the one and only Doctor Oz – possibly the most famous Doctor in America. But Daphne is a veteran TV personality herself, she spent six seasons as co-host of hit TV series "The Chew," has been a judge on Junior Masterchef and now as one of the co hosts of the Dish on Oz (a weekly series on The Dr. Oz Show), Daphne brings the latest in food news, family-friendly recipes and expert cooking tricks.
     
    After university, Daphne received her chef's degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. 
     
    When asked what cooking means to her, Daphne has said: New memories, freedom and fun. And “At the end of the day, I want to have fun in my kitchen, I want it to be my kingdom, and I want that for my readers.”
    Hope you enjoy!
    Thank you for listening. If you have been enjoying listening and haven't yet left a review, then please do! It only takes a moment and really does make a big difference.
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    • 53 min
    Ella Risbridger: Author

    Ella Risbridger: Author

    My guest today is Ella Risbridger
    Author, writer and cook , in her own words: sometimes a journalist and other things too
    Described by The Times as "the most talented new cookbook writer of a generation", Her debut, Midnight Chicken (& Other Recipes Worth Living For), was published by Bloomsbury in January 2019 and won praise from Nigella Lawson, Nigel Slater and Diana Henry.
     
    A cookbook which starts with Ella trying to take her own life. A cookbook about mental health, cookbook about anxiety, a cookbook about life being difficult and complicated and lots of fun and full of brilliant people and brilliant things and terrible things and all of this happening at the same time
    It’s about living in london, in your twenties, with an anxiety disorder and being in love and recipes
    The one and only Nigella has said: "One of the things that makes Midnight Chicken such a very good book is how hard it is to say exactly what it is. Yes, to be sure, it's a cookbook, but it is also a manual for living and a declaration of hope."
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    Thank you to our season sponsor Cooks Matches for their support and for helping me to bring the podcast to you each week

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Giles Coren: Restaurant Critic, Food Writer and TV Presenter

    Giles Coren: Restaurant Critic, Food Writer and TV Presenter

    My guest today is Giles Coren
    Giles is a food writer and TV presenter.
     
    He has been a restaurant critic and columnist for the Times newspaper for the last 17 years.  He has been Described as Britains Most Powerful Food Critic.
     
    His career has been rich and illustrious. He has written books, presented TV series, written columns and hosted radio shows.
     
    Most recently alongside chef Monica Galetti he is the presenter of Amazing Hotels Life Beyond the Lobby - a BBC series that sees him travel the globe visiting some of the most amazing hotels and rolling up his sleeves to work alongside their staff.
     
    When asked which he prefers, writing or being on telly? He said “I hate them both and if I had money I wouldn’t do either”
    Hope you enjoy!
    Thank you for listening. If you have been enjoying listening and havent yet left a review, then please do! It only takes a moment and really does make a big difference.
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    • 58 min
    Pierre Koffmann: One of the Greatest Chefs of All Time

    Pierre Koffmann: One of the Greatest Chefs of All Time

    Hello! We are back with a brand new season! I missed you all!
    My guest today is Pierre Koffman.
    Often described as one of the greatest chefs of all time. A living legend.
    He has been a chef for over 50 years. His list of achievements are basically too long to mention. Born in the South West of France in 1948 he didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming a chef and yet he has become the “chef of chefs, the chef all other chefs look up to”.
    Combining a rustic gutsiness with haute cuisine, Pierre Koffmann knows how to combine tastes and flavours like no one else. He cooks the kind of food he likes to eat; the food of the French countryside and of his grandparent’s farmhouse kitchen in rural Gascony. He is one of only a handful of chefs to have achieved three Michelin stars.
     
    While Pierre is renowned for his cooking expertise, after mastering his skills in the kitchen for 50 years, he is also known for his mentoring and championing of new talent in the industry. 
     
    Pierre has famously said: "There is no secret, it’s all about working hard, using few but the right ingredients but enjoying food. You have to be in love with cooking, it is not just a job, it’s a passion, you must enjoy eating and oh you also need a bit of luck."
    Thank you to Japan Centre for sponsoring this episode. Definitely check out their website which you can find at www.japancentre.com and use the discount JAPAN10OFF
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    Thank you to our season sponsor Cooks Matches. Find them on Instagram @cooksmatches and head to their website www.cooksmatches.co.uk to find out more.
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    Thank you for listening!
    If you don't already and you would like to, then do come and follow me on Instagram @desertislanddishes
    See you next week!


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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
666 Ratings

666 Ratings

oflynn92 ,

The ultimate food podcast

This is most certainly my favourite podcast based on food. I could listen for hours whilst I’m cooking in the kitchen. Great conversation and format.

alicebroobroo ,

What beautiful conversations

I love this podcast - it’s so interesting to hear about the variety of pathways different guests have taken into food and how the dishes can really spark certain memories and anecdotes

The Mindful Walker ,

Uplifting podcast

I love listening to this podcast on my morning walk - hearing about an individual’s story but also how they’ve been shaped by food. Not going to lie, every episode makes me further develop my own answers!! So happy I found this podcast.

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