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The Food Chain examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.

The Food Chain BBC

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    • 4.8 • 253 Ratings

The Food Chain examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.

    Gabriella D'Cruz: Global Youth Champion

    Gabriella D'Cruz: Global Youth Champion

    Gabriella D’Cruz, from Goa, wants to improve diets, transform livelihoods, and protect the planet using an often-overlooked marine vegetable - seaweed.

    Ruth Alexander speaks to the 29-year-old about her big plans for the underwater crop, and her hope that it could bring lasting economic and environmental change to India’s coastal communities.

    Gabriella’s passion and her project’s potential saw her chosen by a panel of international judges as the winner of The Food Chain Global Youth Champion Award 2021.

    If you would like to get in touch with the show please email thefoodchain@bbc.co.uk.

    Producer: Simon Tulett

    Contributors:

    Gabriella D'Cruz, founder of The Good Ocean;
    Ismahane Elouafi, chief scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

    (Picture: Gabriella D'Cruz in the sea holding a basket of seaweed. Credit: Gabriella D'Cruz/BBC)

    • 28 min
    How a new cuisine is born

    How a new cuisine is born

    How is a new cuisine created? Ruth Alexander explores two unique cuisines in South Africa and the USA: ‘Cape-Malay’- a 300-year old tradition born out of colonialism and slavery that unites Indonesian and Dutch tastes; and ‘Viet-Cajun’ - a more recent phenomenon that has seen the Vietnamese diaspora experimenting with Cajun flavours in Texas. We explore how history’s darkest episodes can lead to some of the most captivating flavour combinations and ask why some people will cringe at the term ‘fusion food’.

    (Picture: Pot lid being opened. Credit: Getty/BBC)

    If you would like to get in touch with the show please email thefoodchain@bbc.co.uk

    Contributors:

    Cass Abrahams: Chef and Author, Cape Town, South Africa
    Mai Pham: Food writer, Houston, USA

    • 28 min
    How to cope with cooking burnout

    How to cope with cooking burnout

    Throughout the coronavirus pandemic some people discovered a solace and comfort in cooking, but for many others the opposite was true - the joy they had once felt in the kitchen evaporated.

    Tamasin Ford speaks to three formerly passionate cooks to find out what it’s like to lose the love of the thing you enjoy doing the most.

    What’s really behind their ‘cooking burnout’, how have they tried to reignite that spark, and has this experience changed their relationship with food for good?

    If you would like to get in touch with the show please email thefoodchain@bbc.co.uk.

    Producer: Simon Tulett

    Contributors:
    Helen Rosner, food correspondent for The New Yorker, New York, USA;
    Yamini Pustake Bhalerao, author and ideas editor at shethepeople.tv, Pune, India;
    Wayne Barnard, chef and ambassador for The Burnt Chef Project, Cardiff, Wales.

    (Picture: A woman making cookies. Credit: Getty Images/BBC)

    • 28 min
    One small change

    One small change

    The pressure to tackle climate change by altering what we eat is huge, and it can be a daunting prospect. But you don’t have to go vegan, shop 100 per cent local, or start your own allotment to make a difference.

    This week, as world leaders gather for a key climate conference in Glasgow, we’re asking you what small changes you’ve made to your everyday food habits to make them a little bit greener.

    Plus, Tamasin Ford hears from a chef in Nigeria about the special role he thinks the professionals have to play, and we ask for one life-changing piece of advice from an expert and writer on food waste.

    (Picture: Hand reaches for apple, Credit: Getty/BBC)

    If you would like to get in touch with the show please email thefoodchain@bbc.co.uk

    Contributors:

    Michael Elégbèdé: chef, ÌTÀN Restaurant and Test Kitchen in Ikoyi, Nigeria
    Tamar Adler: author ‘An Everlasting Meal’, New York, USA

    And Food Chain listeners:

    Annabell Randles: London, UK
    Mike Hoey: Berkely, California
    Simone Osman: Maputo, Mozambique
    Yael Straver Laris: Geneva, Switzerland
    Kate Minogue: Lewes, UK
    Karine Young: Cape Town, South Africa
    Jeremy Okware, Uganda
    Rebecca Neo: Singapore

    • 28 min
    A farmer's nightmare

    A farmer's nightmare

    The UK food industry relies on foreign workers, but what happens when they stop coming?
    A combination of COVID-19 and Brexit has led to fewer workers available to pick, process and transport food. For some farmers it has led to heartbreaking dilemmas. Tamasin Ford speaks to two pig farmers who face having to kill thousands of healthy pigs, and a salad farmer who has seen millions of lettuce heads rot in his fields.

    (Picture: farmer in field, Credit: Getty/BBC)

    If you would like to get in touch with the show, please email thefoodchain@bbc.co.uk

    Contributors:
    Vicky Morgan, pig farmer, Pockthorpe Hall Farm, East Yorkshire, UK
    Kate Morgan, pig farmer, Pockthorpe Hall Farm, East Yorkshire, UK
    Nick Ottewell, Farming and Commercial Director at LJ Betts Ltd, Kent, England

    • 26 min
    Last orders: Why I quit hospitality

    Last orders: Why I quit hospitality

    The hospitality industry is facing a staffing crisis, but why have thousands of chefs and waiters quit, and why now?

    Tamasin Ford speaks to three former restaurant and bar workers to find out why the coronavirus pandemic prompted them to leave, and what they're doing instead.

    We find out what, if anything, might tempt them back - higher pay, more sociable hours, or better work culture, maybe kinder customers? And we ask whether Covid-19 might really be the moment for industry reform.

    If you would like to get in touch with the show please email thefoodchain@bbc.co.uk.

    Producer: Simon Tulett

    Contributors:
    Adam Reiner, New York;
    Melissa Sosa, Miami;
    Renée Harper, Phoenix.

    (Picture: Upset waitress leaning on a bar. Credit: Getty Images/BBC)

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
253 Ratings

253 Ratings

rolltidecole ,

Informative and fun

Always informative and constantly engaging. So glad this pod exists

Pantuji ,

Corona Virus and School Meals

I was really impressed with the podcast. It was not a topic I would have learned about otherwise. The main point that struck me was how elementary and middle school is a 'safety net' for the young children all over the world. I know it is a huge boost to attract the children with the school meals. Also bringing them into educational programs gives them a 'Head Start' to life. Loved it!!

Runandlisten ,

Always Thoughtful and Interesting

Really like this podcast and it’s ability to teach me something useful and relevant. Live it!

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