100 episodes

Humans of Hospitality is a weekly podcast, showcasing stories and insights from the world of hospitality – the human beings rather than the big brands behind our food and drink. You’ll hear from the producers of ingredients and the people who combine those ingredients to bring you new dishes and drinks… and the owners of the bars, cafés and restaurants who create memorable settings, so you recall your mouth-watering meals years later. They are the people who bring vibrancy to their corner of hospitality and, who, as a group, make all our lives richer and more interesting.

Each week brings a new inspiring story. We are exploring hospitality in its broadest sense. Farming, politics, culture, cooking, nutrition, welfare, family, business, love and more. Wether you’re a famous figure or total unknown, if you love hospitality and have something important to say, chances are we’ll end up having a conversation. We want to explore the fair production of food, protecting the planet and humanity, whilst tasting awesome. It’s going to be quite the adventurous conversation.

If you want a world of formulaic and dull corporate sameness this is not the podcast for you. If you’d like to learn about amazing human beings who dedicate their lives to making the world of food, drink and hospitality more diverse for our daily enjoyment, please listen.

In showcasing these stories, founder and presenter Mark Cribb, wants to tip the balance back in favour of independent businesses: “Where we spend our money genuinely makes a difference to the kind of world we live in. So let’s at least make our world interesting.”

Humans of Hospitality Mark Cribb

    • Food
    • 4.9, 88 Ratings

Humans of Hospitality is a weekly podcast, showcasing stories and insights from the world of hospitality – the human beings rather than the big brands behind our food and drink. You’ll hear from the producers of ingredients and the people who combine those ingredients to bring you new dishes and drinks… and the owners of the bars, cafés and restaurants who create memorable settings, so you recall your mouth-watering meals years later. They are the people who bring vibrancy to their corner of hospitality and, who, as a group, make all our lives richer and more interesting.

Each week brings a new inspiring story. We are exploring hospitality in its broadest sense. Farming, politics, culture, cooking, nutrition, welfare, family, business, love and more. Wether you’re a famous figure or total unknown, if you love hospitality and have something important to say, chances are we’ll end up having a conversation. We want to explore the fair production of food, protecting the planet and humanity, whilst tasting awesome. It’s going to be quite the adventurous conversation.

If you want a world of formulaic and dull corporate sameness this is not the podcast for you. If you’d like to learn about amazing human beings who dedicate their lives to making the world of food, drink and hospitality more diverse for our daily enjoyment, please listen.

In showcasing these stories, founder and presenter Mark Cribb, wants to tip the balance back in favour of independent businesses: “Where we spend our money genuinely makes a difference to the kind of world we live in. So let’s at least make our world interesting.”

    Robin Hutson - CEO Limewood and Home Grown Hotels

    Robin Hutson - CEO Limewood and Home Grown Hotels

    Robin Hutson knows his stuff.  With Hotel Du Vin, Limewood and The Pig to his name he oozes common sense and his attention to detail is exemplary. 

    They say never meet your heroes, and I was worried having finally organised a meeting I’d be disappointed.  But Robin was generous with his time, enthusiastic with his stories and I felt privileged to get to poke and prod at one of our hospitality greats in his own venue.  The perfect 100th guest of the show!

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Robin Sheppard - Chairman Bespoke Hotels

    Robin Sheppard - Chairman Bespoke Hotels

    Robin Shephard is the Chairman and founder of Bespoke Hotels.  Bespoke look after over 5000 hotel rooms, 6000 team members and £500 million pounds worth of assets.  But they particularly interested me, because many of you will know I love the independent hospitality sector. 

    Bespoke are fascinating, because although they’ve become a significant player, they keep their personal brand and business very much behind the scenes. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Danny Pecorelli - MD Exclusive Collection

    Danny Pecorelli - MD Exclusive Collection

    Exclusive is a superb example of a family owned business. They take a long term view, are not hugely leveraged and as you’ll hear in this conversation Danny is a genuine human with a sincere love of the hospitality sector.

    We touch on Danny’s role as the Chair of Master Innholders and what that has meant to him. We get into the details of the operational changes Exclusive have made in re-opening after Pandemic lockdown and whilst optimistic, we also touch on potential challenges ahead as autumn loo

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Tim Maddams - Chef, Teacher, Presenter

    Tim Maddams - Chef, Teacher, Presenter

    Tim has worked with such culinary luminaries as Fergus Henderson, Alistair Little, Marco Pierre White and Mark Hix, as well as a stint managing VIP catering for the Ferrari F1 team in Europe. A return to his roots saw him lead the team at River Cottage Axminster, where he regularly appeared alongside Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on both the River Cottage series on Channel 4 and the Fish Fight campaign. I caught up with Tim to find out how he is carving a niche in hospitality, without the tradition of a' job'

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Tim Wookey - Co Founder - Amamus Speciality Coffee

    Tim Wookey - Co Founder - Amamus Speciality Coffee

    This episode was recorded just before COVID-19 was a thing in any of our minds, so does not come up in our chat.

    In this conversation Tim takes us through his journey.  Starting with a child free Sunday morning, reading the paper and sipping on a cup of Jamaican Blue coffee.  Off then to discover about the volcanic soil, the hand picked beans, losing up to 30% of the crop through the finest hand check standards, through to the blue mist on the mountain slowing down the ripening process.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Andrea Rasca - Founder Mercato Metropolitano

    Andrea Rasca - Founder Mercato Metropolitano

    Andrea is a walking philosopher with some very strong opinions on the ethics of business and the community around food and drink. I’ve interviewed Andrea before about his business and journey, but today we focus on the recent opening of his latest venue in an absolutely stunning old church in Mayfair.

    Andrea stayed open in some guise throughout the lockdown since their business is pretty diverse from a deli, bakery and shop through to street trade units. 

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

Marc pppp ,

Fantastic

I’ve listened to all of them now!
Everyone interesting in its own right.

JennyB1! ,

Fantastic Podcast!

I really enjoy listening to each and every episode when I am out on my daily walk. Only found the joy of podcasts since lockdown so have been listening to all of the older episodes too.
I worked in hospitality for many years and still dip my toe in every now and then but most of my work is lecturing hospitality students. This is a great way for me to keep up with what’s happening on the ground.
I have already recommended this to my students.
Great guests :-)

redinjun ,

Compulsory listening

This is so useful for people in hospitality and Mark manages to get people to talk about themselves and their businesses in a very relaxed way. I like that there’s no advertising. I like his voice too and I think his laid back style makes his interviewees more relaxed so it’s very easy to listen to. At the same time it’s not full of giggling and in jokes. It gets down to business quickly. So many podcasters voices and brash styles grate so whatever their message is I can’t bear to listen. This is very easy listening - reminiscent of Terry Wogan or Parkinson but better because the interviewees are not celebs and have many useful and thoughtful insights. Well worth supporting.

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