Lara Prendergast and Olivia Potts interview notable guests about their life, through the food and drink that has come to define it.
Lara Prendergast is the Food and Drink Editor of Spectator Life.
Olivia Potts is Spectator Life's Vintage Chef.
With Carole Hayman
Carole Hayman is a writer, broadcaster, actor and director. On the podcast, she tells Lara and Liv about facing anorexia, London in the late 70s, smoking on stage and cooking while writing.
With Lydia Forte
Lydia Forte is the Group Director of Food & Beverage at Rocco Forte Hotels. On the podcast, she tells Lara and Liv about missing Martini's, cooking in lockdown, and hosting a family Come Dine With Me.
With Geordie Willis
Geordie Willis is the creative director and brand experiences director of Berry Brothers and Rudd, Britain's oldest wine merchants. He is the eighth generation of his family to work in the business, which was founded in 1698. On the podcast, he tells Lara and Liv about his grandmother's homemade mayonnaise, being kicked out of the family business, and the secret to matching wine with food.This episode is sponsored by Berry Brothers and Rudd.
With Max Halley
Max Halley is one of Britain's pre-eminent sandwich aficionados. He is the founder of Max's Sandwich Shop, and the author of Max's Picnic Book. On the podcast, he tells Lara and Liv about being exposed to obscure ingredients, working in a pudding factory, and the six essential components in every great sandwich.This episode is sponsored by Berry Brothers and Rudd.
With Eliot Higgins
Eliot Higgins is an investigative journalist. He is the founder of Bellingcat, a platform specialising in open source intelligence. Bellingcat is known for its work on the Syrian civil war, the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and the Salisbury poisonings. On the podcast, he tells Lara and Livvy about his love of custard, what he snacks on while working, and why he doesn't eat out.This episode is sponsored by Berry Brothers and Rudd.
With Bip Ling
Bip Ling is a model, musician, food writer, visual artist and DJ. On the podcast, she tells Lara and Liv about being inspired by her grandmother's Indian cooking, eating as a model, and why macaroni cheese should be made with almond milk rather than full-fat.This episode is sponsored by Berry Brothers and Rudd.
The guests might sometimes be dull, and sometimes not even interested in food, but the hosts are wonderfully charming and perceptive. Some of the podcasts, such as that featuring the estimable and eloquent Fuchsia Dunlop, are stellar and worth more than one listen.
I LOVE this podcast
I recently discovered The Spectator, thanks to Talk Radio, and was browsing to find an easy-on-the-ear, enjoyable podcast to listen to. This is just a dream. It’s an enveloping marshmallow comfort cloud of a listen but it’s also so intelligent and informative; additionally, the two presenters have such lovely voices that I’m thinking of going for elocution lessons ! I particularly loved the Cressida Bonas interview, but also the Marcus Wareing interview. Having watched Marcus on Masterchef for many years, this interview was very enlightening. Adrian Chiles was also an extremely good listen. What a brilliant podcast - a ray of light and sunshine. I shall recommend this to everyone I know. Thank you for a really fantastic podcast.
And the best theme tune of any podcast!