37 episodes

Life on a Plate is the podcast from Waitrose. Join hosts Yasmin Khan and Alison Oakervee, as they talk to some very special people about what food really means to them. From favourite dishes and childhood treats to memorable meals and even kitchen disasters, Yasmin and Alison dig into the lives of their guests – creating conversations that are fascinating, moving and funny. So make yourself a coffee and pull up a chair.
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    • 4.5 • 107 Ratings

Life on a Plate is the podcast from Waitrose. Join hosts Yasmin Khan and Alison Oakervee, as they talk to some very special people about what food really means to them. From favourite dishes and childhood treats to memorable meals and even kitchen disasters, Yasmin and Alison dig into the lives of their guests – creating conversations that are fascinating, moving and funny. So make yourself a coffee and pull up a chair.
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    Ashley Jensen, actor

    Ashley Jensen, actor

    For this episode, Yasmin and Alison talk to the brilliant, funny and down-to-earth Scottish actor Ashley Jensen, known for her roles in Extras, Ugly Betty, Catastrophe – and star of the Waitrose 2021 Christmas ad! She chats about Heston’s mince pies and her taste for sprouts (with pancetta), and shares tales of growing up in Scotland in the 1970s, enjoying her grandmother’s mince and tatties and a range of classic crisps including Frazzles and Monster Munch. She describes her no-nonsense response to Hollywood glitz and glamour (and her rejection of the idea that actresses must ‘stay young’) and also expresses her admiration for footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford and his work tackling child food poverty.
    To watch Ashley in the Christmas advert, go to waitrose.com/Christmas.
    To find out more about the show, go to waitrose.com/podcast.
    Host: Yasmin Khan
    Co-host: Alison Oakervee
    Producers: Sera Berksoy
    Executive Producer: Nikki Duffy
    Editor: Nathan Copelin
    A John Brown production for Waitrose & Partners


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    • 42 min
    Reggie Yates, DJ, writer and presenter

    Reggie Yates, DJ, writer and presenter

    Actor, DJ, presenter, photographer, author, acclaimed documentary-maker and now a feature film director – there aren’t many things that Reggie Yates can’t do! In this episode, he talks to Yasmin and Alison about his career to date and how important it has been to stick to his guns when it comes to authenticity and speaking in his own voice. He reminisces about the West African food he grew up with, touches on the great plantain pronunciation debate and reveals some interesting ideas about how to eat crisps and chocolate (at the same time). Reggie also chats about his brilliant new film, Pirates, launched on 26 November, which celebrates UK Garage culture at the turn of the Millennium.
    You can follow Reggie on Instagram and Twitter @regyates. 
    To find out more about the show, go to waitrose.com/podcast.
    Host: Yasmin Khan
    Co-host: Alison Oakervee
    Producers: Clarissa Maycock & Sera Berksoy
    Executive Producer: Nikki Duffy
    Editor: Nathan Copelin
    A John Brown production for Waitrose & Partners


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    • 42 min
    Kimberley Wilson, psychologist and author

    Kimberley Wilson, psychologist and author

    This week’s guest is chartered psychologist and nutritionist Kimberley Wilson. In addition to working in private practice, lecturing, podcasting and co-hosting Radio 4’s Made of Stronger Stuff with Dr Xand van Tulleken, Kimberley has also found time to write How to Build a Healthy Brain, a book that makes clear the crucial connections between what we eat and how we think, feel and remember. Kimberley speaks passionately to Yasmin and Alison about the simple dietary steps we can all take right now to help combat depression, anxiety and dementia – while also sharing her love of hot tea, porridge and plum crumble.
    You can follow Kimberley on Instagram @foodandpsych and Twitter @FoodAndPsych. How to Build a Healthy Brain is in bookshops now and Made of Stronger Stuff is available from BBC Sounds.
    To find out more about the show, go to waitrose.com/podcast.
    Host: Yasmin Khan
    Co-host: Alison Oakervee
    Producer: Sera Berksoy
    Executive Producer: Nikki Duffy
    Editor: Nathan Copelin
    A John Brown production for Waitrose & Partners


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    • 42 min
    Diana Henry, food writer

    Diana Henry, food writer

    We were thrilled to welcome the incredible Diana Henry to Life on a Plate for this episode. She is one of our most beloved food writers, delivering a steady stream of delicious recipes into homes across the land via her cookbooks (including Simple and How to Eat a Peach), Telegraph columns and daily Instagram posts. Legendarily hard-working and prolific, Diana experienced severe illness during the past two years: it slowed her down a little but has not dimmed her spirit one bit. In this conversation with Yasmin Khan and Alison Oakervee, she talks about those frightening times, but also about her childhood in Northern Ireland, her first experiences of cosmopolitan London in the 80s, and the people, places and ingredients that inspire and delight her now.
    You can read Diana’s weekly column in Waitrose Weekend and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @dianahenryfood.
    To find out more about the show, go to waitrose.com/podcast.
    Host: Yasmin Khan
    Co-host: Alison Oakervee
    Producers: Clarissa Maycock & Sera Berksoy
    Executive Producer: Nikki Duffy
    Editor: Nathan Copelin
    A John Brown production for Waitrose & Partners


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    • 49 min
    Chris Packham, environmentalist and campaigner

    Chris Packham, environmentalist and campaigner

    This week, Yasmin and Alison enter the world of environmentalist and campaigner Chris Packham. With wit, warmth and enthusiasm, he describes his absolute passion for the natural world and outlines how he believes we can move towards a more sustainable future. He also talks about his work advocating for autistic people, reveals his deep appreciation of his partner Charlotte's cooking, and shares tales of his beloved poodles, Sid and Nancy, and their nightly digestive biscuit habit...
    Autumn Watch is available on BBC iPlayer. You can follow Chris on Twitter @chrisgpackham. 
    To find out more about the show, go to waitrose.com/podcast.
    Host: Yasmin Khan
    Co-host: Alison Oakervee
    Producer: Sera Berksoy
    Executive Producer: Nikki Duffy
    Editor: Nathan Copelin
    A John Brown production for Waitrose & Partners

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    • 46 min
    Ruby Tandoh, food writer

    Ruby Tandoh, food writer

    Brilliant young food writer Ruby Tandoh is the guest for this week’s episode. Ruby grew up in Essex as part of a big family, eating simple, hearty food and poring over cookbooks in her spare time, before arriving on our TV screens in 2013 when she reached the final of The Great British Bake Off aged only 21. Since then, she has carved out a place as a unique and utterly refreshing voice in the world of food: frank and fearless, her writing punctures pretension, calls out snobbery and questions convention. In this interview, Ruby explains to Yasmin and Alison why she tries always to focus on the pleasure and joy associated with food – rather than guilt or judgement, rules or routines – and how she has striven to make her latest book, Cook As You Are, as inclusive and accessible as possible.
    Cook As You Are in out now. You can follow Ruby on Instagram @ruby.tandoh and Twitter @rubytandoh. 
    To find out more about the show, go to waitrose.com/podcast.
    Host: Yasmin Khan
    Co-host: Alison Oakervee
    Producer: Sera Berksoy
    Executive Producer: Nikki Duffy
    Editor: Nathan Copelin

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

miffysmate ,

Great podcast

Just listened to the John Whaite interview. Loved to hear about his life. Great Podcast

NancyMid ,

A Joyful Listen

Each episode is just such a pleasure. Listening to various people from diverse backgrounds happily chatting through food memories. Fabulous hosts and a lovely way to spend an hour

calvin 101 ,

Love this host!

This is great to see. I know this host from her cooking books, I have the one on Iranian food. She writes really well in that book and I liked hearing her voice for real, it’s just like her book coming to life. I didn’t know she was such a good interviewer. Great podcast.

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