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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.

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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 Ella Al-Shamahi

    With Ella Al-Shamahi

    Ella Al-Shamahi is a presenter, comedian, and an explorer recognised by National Geographic. On this episode, Ella talks to Lara Prendergast and Olivia Potts about her ill fated early days as a domestic house wife, her critiques of the paleo diet and the time she had to try turtle - not a fan. 

    • 42 min
    With Jack Whitehall

    With Jack Whitehall

    Jack Whitehall is an actor and comedian, however during the pandemic he has also started a food blog, FoodSlut. On the episode, he talks to Lara Prendergast and Olivia Potts about his public love of McDonalds, his secret love of The Ivy and the time he once saw a man attempt to make a grilled cheese with his feet. 

    • 18 min
    With Calum Franklin

    With Calum Franklin

    Calum Franklin is executive head chef at Holborn Dining Room, and an internationally renowned pie-maker (dubbed 'The Pie King' by Jamie Oliver). On the episode, he talks to Lara Prendergast and Olivia Potts about how his menus try to recreate the nostalgia of his simple childhood meals, like fish pie; the centrality of pies to British cuisine; and why his restaurant is inspired by the copper and brass fronts of Parisian antique stores.

    • 24 min
    With Craig Brown

    With Craig Brown

    Craig Brown is an awarding winning critic, satirist and former restaurant reviewer. His most recent book One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time, won the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.



    On the podcast, he talks to Lara and Olivia about the horrible food at Eton, his utter failure to bake a cake, and proposes that one of the least important things to him when he was reviewing a restaurant was the food.

    • 24 min
    With Patrick Jephson

    With Patrick Jephson

    Patrick Jephson is a consultant, journalist, broadcaster and New York Times best selling author. From 1988 to 1996, Patrick worked first as Princess Diana's equerry and then as her private secretary. He is also currently a historical consultant on Netfilx's The Crown.

    On the podcast, he talks to Lara and Olivia about bonding over mealtimes with his fellow seamen when in the Navy, having ambassadorial dinners and English Rail sandwiches with the royals, and being cooked for by Pavarotti's personal pasta chef.

    • 33 min
    With Jonathan Drori

    With Jonathan Drori

    Jonathan Drori CBE is a Trustee of the Eden Project and Cambridge Science Centre, an ambassador for WWF, and was for nine years a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In a previous life at the BBC, he was executive producer of more than 50 prime-time science documentaries and popular series, and he is now the author of Around the World in 80 Plants.

    On the podcast, he talks to Lara and Olivia about the diverse diet he had as a child of Eastern European Jewish refugees, how he got into botany through eating plants and the time he accidentally ordered a raw chicken milkshake.

    • 25 min

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