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Food writer James Ramsden and musician Sam Herlihy dish up a weekly offering of food-related nonsense, exploring the complex and often confusing world of modern gastronomy. One minute they might be discussing the qualities of rice vinegar, the next asking whether or not Cher actually enjoys sharing plates. With special guests and even more special games, The Kitchen Is On Fire is a essential listening for anyone with ears. Follow them on Twitter @Kitchen_On_Fire.

The Kitchen Is On Fire The Kitchen Is On Fire

    • Food
    • 4.8, 138 Ratings

Food writer James Ramsden and musician Sam Herlihy dish up a weekly offering of food-related nonsense, exploring the complex and often confusing world of modern gastronomy. One minute they might be discussing the qualities of rice vinegar, the next asking whether or not Cher actually enjoys sharing plates. With special guests and even more special games, The Kitchen Is On Fire is a essential listening for anyone with ears. Follow them on Twitter @Kitchen_On_Fire.

    Ep250: The Pidgin Position | Featuring Emma Underwood from Darby's and Selin Kiazim from Oklava

    Ep250: The Pidgin Position | Featuring Emma Underwood from Darby's and Selin Kiazim from Oklava

    Humanity can rely upon The TickyOff Boyz for many things. Incredible insight, semi-raw sensuality, arguments about vegetables and wraith chat. They can also be relied upon to somehow forget amazing milestones. This week they’ve managed to utterly fail to notice that this is their 250th episode. Therefore, expect nothing more special than the usual unbelievably special high end, top shelf blend of sounds from mouths.
    This week they’re talking the great reopening of restaurants post-lockdown. To that end The TickyOff Two have brought Emma Underwood, GM of Darby’s and Selin Kiazim chef and owner of Oklava and Oklava Bakery to tell all about their respective reopening experiences and their hopes for the future. Emma talks customer expectations and how their lockdown takeaway business went. Selin talks dropping service charge, luck and the need for a reset of the hospitality business.
    Before these two wise and wonderful women arrive James has shaved his head again, lost his son (temporarily) again, and is cooking a rubbish vegetable again. Sam meanwhile is about to eat a chicken burger and gives a truly woeful, completely circular answer to a question. It’s appalling and he still feels ashamed of his fence sitting, noncommittal, wishy washy nonsense response.
    Anyway, 250 episodes in, it’s still TickyOff and you still probably need to wake up.
    This week’s episode is sponsored by wine gurus dropwine.co.uk

    • 46 min
    Ep249: The Stealth Kayak | Featuring ES Magazine restaurant critic Jimi Famurewa

    Ep249: The Stealth Kayak | Featuring ES Magazine restaurant critic Jimi Famurewa

    This episode starts off with a song from James. It’s quite the thing. James is here after a day of some quality DIY commitment, Sam is not loving beer, there’s carbonara chat and cannelloni yap too. This is followed up with some ‘reopening of the pubs’ discussion, Sam’s father in law’s digital sea sickness and the sad demise of Cafe Rouge. Before this week’s guest arrives there’s also some No Seat Christopher Nolan verbals and Sam has a weirdly erotic dream…..

    Praise be that aforementioned guest Jimi Famurewa shows up in the nick of time to talk lockdown, making his mum happy, Kid and Play, what the role of a food critic looks like post-pandemic and what happens when one Googles themselves.

    There’s also time to discuss the fall of ex-Lucky Peach Editor Peter Meehan*, the hopefully inevitable fall of toxic food world t**t energy culture and Jimi discusses what and where he feels his lane is in food writing.

    *To be clear, which this episode is not, (due to the loss of some audio to Zoom glitching), all three of us stand in complete sympathy and solidarity with anyone who had to deal with the grim sounding Peter Meehan. Listening back maybe it’s not crystal clear but the part where I (Sam) said exactly that, has been lost to the digital ether and I wanted that to be made, if required, abundantly clear. Ta, and apologies for any confusion.


    This episode is sponsored by wine seat users dropwine.co.uk

    • 57 min
    Ep248: Mouth Cookery | Featuring chefs Matthew Scott and Eddy Tejada from Hot 4 U

    Ep248: Mouth Cookery | Featuring chefs Matthew Scott and Eddy Tejada from Hot 4 U

    This episode features Eddy Tejada and Matthew Scott from Hot 4 U creating a vast swathe of mouthsounds all about setting up their food delivery business in the midst of the pandemic. They talk learning on the job, friendly accountants, eight hundred potato bears and cooking from the hip. They also tell all about how they really need to start writing things down and buy a calendar.
    Before they arrive the weather is hot, the TickyOff Boyz still can’t agree on the future of Pidgin and Sam has parked in a peculiar carpark. Differing vibes for the respective TickyOff Brides this week too as Rosie Ramsden tucks into a healthy week and Abbie Herlihy reveals that she has never ever eaten a chilli con carne.
    All of the above plus, there’s also more than enough time for Barbara Cartland to jump an egg shaped shark, Sam wonders on exactly what the Catholic Church’s position is on sexual congress and they both create potentially the greatest (or most foul) method of omelette cookery you have ever heard.
    This is TickyOff, and if it aint broke, then it aint TickyOff.
    Check out Hot 4 U here: @hot4u_ldn
    This episode is sponsored by wine churchgoers dropwine.co.uk

    • 45 min
    Ep247: Grey Butterflies | Featuring Will Beckett from Hawksmoor

    Ep247: Grey Butterflies | Featuring Will Beckett from Hawksmoor

    This episode of TickyOff features a third appearance by Will Beckett of the mighty Hawksmoor empire. Said steak and great service empire has, like other lesser empires such as The TickyOff Boyz meagre cut-rate ‘empire’, been shut for ages because of the goddamn coronavirus nightmare. Now however, Will and his bird of prey themed meat house gang are working on how reopen safely into the new world of hospitality.
    Will talks distancing, Hawksmoor At Home, masks, trying to stay optimistic, trust in operators and why his partner in Hawksmoor, Huw Gott, is very lovely and very persuasive.
    He also tells all about Today’s Special, a charitable endeavour Huw is in the process of putting together to help charities with covid related shortfalls in funding.
    So all the above sounds very serious, and it is. Gravitas, intelligent discourse, calm heads prevailing. We know this is not why you come to TickyOff however. Fear not! Before William shows, James is stuck on a hard shoulder for seven hours, has seen elderly folk kissing in the deli aisle and thinks all humankind is a cow in a field or something. Sam meanwhile wonders if body heat alone can cook an egg, in your bed.
    This episode is sponsored by wine bird of prey dropwine.co.uk
    Please visit the below to check out Todays Special:
    Instagram: @_todays.special
    Twitter: @specials_todays

    • 59 min
    Ep246: A Rush Of Blood To The Head Of Hair | Featuring Q Magazine Deputy Editor Niall Doherty

    Ep246: A Rush Of Blood To The Head Of Hair | Featuring Q Magazine Deputy Editor Niall Doherty

    Listen up listeners. This episode of the greatest podcast about food that humankind has ever even dreamed of is here. The gratitude y’all must/should have coursing through yer veins means there may not be room enough within those veins for blood! Be careful. If you feel lightheaded, lay down. If you die, lay down too. I guess you will lay down naturally to be fair, if you die. Anyway, don’t blame us.
    This episode features a second appearance by (possibly) Sam’s favourite person on earth (Apologetic shout out to his children, wife, family and James) deputy editor of Q Magazine Niall Doherty. Niall yaps up a goddarn storm on his legendary airport beers, spatchcocking chickens and how to approach tough subjects in interviews. There’s also a solid ten minutes of connection issues and bad sound which I left in because it made me laugh.
    Niall also tells perhaps the greatest celebrity hangtime story you’ve ever heard which somehow manages to include Noel Gallagher, Joe Biden, Peroni beers and a magician in a perspex box.
    Before Niall drops by Sam has had a huge surprise, an Alex Turner moment and no sausages. James has had a weird skin condition, has a theory about Blue predicting the pandemic and may have had a traybake.
    All this plus Frank Sinatra, a Coldplay related hair transplant and a decent amount of borscht chat.
    This is TickyOff and what doesn’t kill you might make you stronger, or might kill you in the end. It’s tough to tell.
    This episode is sponsored by wine para para paradise dropwine.co.uk

    • 59 min
    Ep245: Potato Technology | Featuring restaurateur and author Margot Henderson

    Ep245: Potato Technology | Featuring restaurateur and author Margot Henderson

    ‘Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” So asked brother of Guy, Lionel Richie, in his 1964 hit cover of Adele’s ‘lover as ghost’ spooky hit song ‘Hello’.
    Now, Lionel R raises a more than interesting question here. It’s all a question of perception. Let’s start here:
    1. Is the person you are looking for Lionel Richie?
    2. Is the person you are looking for Margot Henderson?
    This gets more than complicated at this stage in that we now must consider whether Lionel is asking this question of humankind itself or merely addressing the globe spanning vastness of the TickyOff listenership direct.
    It’s tough to tell. I’ll leave you to ponder on that and wonder why Lionel might choose to impersonate Margot Henderson of Rochelle Canteen, Rochelle At The ICA, The French House back in the day, author of ‘You’re All Invited’ and all round legend of London hospitality.
    Anyway, my train of thought has completely derailed and I'm very sorry for the stupid digression above. Margot Henderson is on the pod!
    Margot tells all about life in lockdown at the Henderson’s, mould on the march on the Mall (that’s a weird line), her move from New Zealand to London and the perils of skinning eels. She also talks about her favourite cooking utensils, turnip cake disasters, sausages with artist Sarah Lucas and getting a certificate from Pizza Express.
    Before Margot arrives James is wearing some sort of animal on his head and really digs Michael Bolton but might be less keen on US policy hawk John Bolton. Sam has just woken up from a nap, once made a veloute and has never seen ‘The English Patient’.
    Who knows what in all hell any of the above means, I feel like I may have hit my head before writing this nonsense. Anyway, it’s TickyOff and if you don’t know what that means by now then you will never ever ever know me.*
    *Shout out Simply Red. Real talk.

    This episode is sponsored by wine stars dropwine.co.uk

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

Tim459 ,

Height of Podcasting Powers

‘Why’ my girlfriend recently asked me, ‘Do you have 15 Merguez sausages in our freezer and keep buying any cookbook that has a fattee recipe inside it?’

In answer I referred her to this pod, and as a result we’re both hooked and have found ourselves having driven over twice from West London to get a Homing Pidgin (as well has having a reservation to go there in person next month).

The podcast is a banger, the fact they doubled down on it during lockdown made me very happy and has allowed me to eschew Rogan from my regular listening schedule. It’s been reassuring to have these authoritative voices in my ear lay down the law on vital food issues (yes Cacio e Pepe is overrated, parsnips are rubbish and the St John aioli recipe is insanity).

Long may this continue x

olle_wood1 ,

Love it

Only found out about these podcast whilst being stuck at home during lockdown. Best podcast I’ve found and really enjoy the honest approach and conversation they have with each other during Covid. I’ve been a huge fan of Pidgin and Magpie, RIP, and can’t wait to see what they do next as not doubt it will be amazing. Not been able to get home pidgin yet as it keeps seeking out!

ms cartland ,

Unforced, refreshing, industrious noise.

I got into this via my partner’s passion for Hope of the States then trips to Pidgin, Magpie and S+D.
Two years later, I now know an enjoyable amount about the London/UK food scene, the inner machinations of the restaurant industry, and being a cool dad. I have also now been to St. John.

I’m not a podcast head, but I will worship at the feet of this podcast, which feels like an eavesdrop between interesting, firm friends who have made a living out of following their stomachs. Tim Hayward is a hero, and he features often. and the chat is a good blend of funny and real. I’m only really writing this in the the hope the TickyOff Boiz read it.

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