Episode 30: Saasha | Olio

Reducing food waste, encouraging a shift in mindset and developing a globally successful app with Saasha from Olio.

For our final episode of the season, we spoke to Saasha, co-founder of food sharing app, Olio. Along with her co-founder Tessa, Saasha’s mission is to help reduce the amount of food that is wasted in households and businesses through encouraging a change of habits. We heard about how they launched the app in their local community, testing the concept by starting small and using their findings to develop a resource that is helping people to share their unwanted food items with others. Not only is this helping those in need, but their initiatives are set to make a significant difference to the environmental impact of our collective food waste. Saasha also has some fantastic practical tips which can be easily implemented in our day to day. Olio is such a necessary tool and it was hugely inspirational to hear how they’ve got it to where it is today and their plans for expanding its reach further to make an even greater difference.

Find Olio @olio_ex on Instagram or visit their website atwww.olioex.com. Download the app on your app store or visit their website for the desktop version.

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Episode 29: Abi | Le Choux

Launching a unique artisanal product into markets, Fortnums and Selfridges and the realities of working in a fast-paced, patisserie kitchen

Le Choux brings classical French patisserie to London with their unique offering of choux buns filled with a multitude of different flavours and topped with beautiful decorations. 

We spoke to Abi about how Le Choux came to life as she retells her tales of working around the clock to bring a super fresh product to market. We talk about why sourcing local ingredients is so important to Abi and discover what exactly makes a choux pastry. It’s fascinating to hear about Abi’s experiences with classical patisserie training in Paris and what it’s really like working in kitchens in London and Paris. Through these experiences, Abi has honed her craft and is keen to give back by providing internships for students in London. 

Find Abi @lechouxlondon on Instagram or lechouxlondon.com 

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Episode 28: Andrew | Vanilla Black

Establishing a restaurant with no prior experience, pioneering a new approach to vegetarian cooking and staying true to core values with Andrew of Vanilla Black.

For this episode, we sat down with Andrew of pioneering vegetarian restaurant Vanilla Black. We discussed how Andrew and his wife, Donna, built the restaurant from scratch with no prior experience, first in York and later moving the business to London. We talked about the reasons behind this move and the differences in the two markets. We also heard about their unique approach to vegetarian cooking – unashamedly refusing to serve the usual risottos and ‘veggie' curry – and how they develop their menu ideas within the collaborative working environment they have created. Andrew’s open and honest account of what is involved in running a restaurant gave us a true look behind the scenes of this exciting side of the food industry. 

Find Vanilla Black @vanilla_black_uk on Instagram or visit their website at www.vanillablack.co.uk

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Episode 27: Will | Minor Figures

Making speciality coffee more accessible, bringing a new product to market and learning along the way with Will, one of the co-founders of Minor Figures.

We chatted to Will, one of three co-founders of coffee company Minor Figures. Selling cold brew coffee in cans, oat milk and a chai mix, Minor Figures' mission is to break down the wall of what people think of as speciality coffee…making it less exclusive through understanding and availability. We discussed scaling up production when there is no manual – creating a product on a large scale in a different way to what’s been done before. We also talked about branding and their approach to marketing which focuses on allowing the product to speak for itself and be just about delicious coffee. We were inspired by their total belief in the business and their product development and hope you find the episode informative and interesting. 

Find Minor Figures @minorfigures on Instagram or visit their website at www.minorfigures.com

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Episode 26: Melissa & Leo | Modern Baker

Discovering a new way to bake, proving a concept and taking a scientific approach to healthy eating with Melissa and Leo from Modern Baker.

For this episode we spoke to Melissa and Leo, founders of Modern Baker - the Oxford based company who are discovering a new way to bake through their scientific approach to healthy eating, with extensive research and development at its core. We learnt how, after Melissa’s breast cancer diagnosis, they changed their diets and this in turn led to the start of their journey in creating Modern Baker. We discussed their concept café and how this has helped them to gain funding, the process they went through to create their book and how their future plans will help create further change in the food industry. We were completely blown away by how much Melissa and Leo have achieved in just three years and left the conversation inspired and fascinated by all we had discussed. 

 

Find Modern Baker @modernbaker on Instagram or visit their website at www.modernbaker.com. We highly recommend you also visit their café, whether you’re in the area or not! You can find it at 214A Banbury Road, Oxford. 

 

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Episode 25: Tom | TRIBE

Turning a passion into a business, creating a community and the power of the cause with Tom, one of three co-founders of sports nutrition specialists, TRIBE.

We sat down with Tom, one of three co-founders of sports nutrition company, TRIBE. Co-founders Tom, Rob and Guy turned a shared love of running into a successful sports nutrition business, selling energy bars, trail mixes, hydrate drinks and more to the running community. They have since expanded to include various other sporting disciplines including cycling and triathlon. Tribe are, however, so much more than the products they sell. They have created an incredible community through their organised events and charitable actions. Since their first ‘Run for Love,’ they have recently founded their own foundation, raising over £100,000 to help fight human trafficking in the last 12 months. We hope you find their story as inspiring as we did.

Find TRIBE @the_tribe_way on Instagram or visit their website at www.wearetribe.co

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Episode 24: Henrietta | Henrietta Inman

Natural baking, book deals and adapting formal patisserie training to create delicious nourishing recipes with Henrietta Inman. 

We chatted to super talented pastry chef, cookery teacher and author Henrietta Inman about her two beautiful recipe books – each showcasing her personal take on baking using natural and nourishing ingredients. We loved hearing how Henrietta used her formal training and techniques to create a new style of baking with delicious wholegrains, brown sugars and seasonal ingredients. It was really interesting to hear about the process for each of the books and how they differ. We also learned about Henrietta’s multiple talents within the food world – involved with supper clubs, popups, charities, cookery schools and more (!) we cannot wait to see what she does next!

Find Henrietta @henriettainman on Instagram or visit her website at www.henriettainman.com

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Episode 23: Ed & Rich | Doisy & Dam

Superfood chocolate, creating a socially responsible company and bridging the gap between mass market and artisan with Ed & Rich, co-founders of Doisy & Dam.

We spoke to Ed and Rich, co-founders of superfood chocolate brand Doisy & Dam. We discussed their innovative flavours, how they’ve set out to create a socially responsible company with a fully traceable supply chain and bridging the gap between mass market chocolate companies and artisan makers. Stocked in Sainsburys, Ocado, Whole Foods, Planet Organic and MANY more, they have quickly built a challenger brand out of a passion for chocolate and a healthier lifestyle. 

Find Doisy & Dam @doisyanddam on Instagram or visit their website at www.doisyanddam.com

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Episode 22: Deepa | Besococo

Mastering a challenging raw material, utilising creativity in business and being a positive role model with Deepa, creator of traditional Belgian chocolates featuring seasonal flavour profiles…as well as a few classics!

For this episode, we sat down with Deepa from Besococo. Deepa makes beautiful Belgian chocolates in the traditional way but with many surprising seasonal flavours. We discussed the art of mastering such a challenging raw material, utilising her creative background and how she has created a work-life balance that allows her to be a positive role model for her children while working hard from home. We also talked about the production process involved with Deepa’s business and heard some very good advice about defining what your are setting out to do within your venture. 

 

Find Deepa @besococo on Instagram or get in touch onbesococo@outlook.com

 

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Episode 21: Annie & Jonny | Spoon Cereals

Turning a passion project (very quickly) into a business, taking opportunities to mould your brand along the way and crowd funding for investment with Annie and Jonny, co-founders of Spoon Cereals – producers of delicious granola and muesli with the mission of ‘making breakfast better.'

For the first episode of our third season, we are seriously excited to share our conversation with Annie and Jonny, co-founders of Spoon Cereals – producers of delicious granola and muesli with the mission of ‘making breakfast better.’ We spoke to them about how they’ve grown their business from what was essentially a passion project, into a hugely successful challenger brand, with their delicious granola and mueslis stocked everywhere, from Waitrose and Whole Foods to Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and countless delis. 

We are hugely inspired by their attitude to the business – throwing themselves straight in and taking every opportunity in order to build the brand in a way that was directly informed by their customers. We also discussed their appearance, and subsequent investment win, on Dragon’s Den. It was really interesting to hear the approach they took to this and to then examine their more recent crowd funding campaign with Seedrs and why they felt this was the right way for them to find investment now.

Find Spoon @spooncereals on Instagram and through their website at www.spooncereals.co.uk

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Episode 20: Tessa | Tessa Stuart

Developing a new research technique, helping brands understand their market and creating with confidence with Tessa Stuart, in-store researcher, business consultant and best-selling author. 

For the last episode of our second season, we were honoured to sit down with Tessa Stuart, in-store researcher, business consultant and author of two 5 star Amazon bestselling books - ‘Packed’ and ‘Flying off the Shelves.’ Tessa has worked with countless brands, helping them to understand their market and working alongside them to create messaging that really stands out. We discussed the importance of confidence in such a crowded market place and what it takes to reach the right people…and keep reading them! We were so interested to hear how Tessa’s pioneering technique of in-store research came about and what she has learnt on her journey to where her business is today. Tessa’s books are essential reading for any food or drink brand and this episode is not to be missed! 

Find Tessa @tessa_stuart on Instagram and Twitter and through her website atwww.tessastuart.co.uk

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Episode 19: Mary | Onist Food

Staying true to your core values, working with investors and overcoming production challenges with Mary, creator of Onist Food.

For this episode, we sat down with Mary, founder of Onist Food, creators of ‘the healthy avocado chocolate pot’ stocked at Fortnums, Whole Foods, Abel & Cole, Planet Organic and more!! We talked about the challenges faced in producing a chilled product with a short shelf life and the solutions Mary and her team have found to overcome them. We also discussed the importance of staying true to your brand’s core values and making sure these are a consideration in everything you do. Onist operates on a ‘buy one, give one’ initiative where they donate a breakfast to a child in The Gambia for every pot sold. We were so impressed to learn of the success of this charitable action and hear about Mary’s plans for future projects and really admired her honesty in discussing the mutual benefits of working with a charity. 

 

Find Mary @onist_food on Instagram and through their website at www.onistfood.com

 

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Episode 18: Arthur & Tas | Brother Marcus

Provenance and short food mileage, building a successful team and learning to balance a new business with other elements of life with Arthur & Tas, two co-founders of Brother Marcus, the Balham café serving deliciously innovative brunch menus and hosting equally exciting supperclubs. 

We chatted to Arthur and Tas, two of the founders of Balham café, Brother Marcus, who serve deliciously innovative brunch dishes seven days a week. We discussed what it takes to open a café on a small budget, taking on multiple roles within the business and the challenges of building a team who share your ethos and enthusiasm. We also talked about the importance of provenance, building relationships with your suppliers and using seasonal, short mileage produce. It was also really interesting to hear about the supperclubs they hold, including the fantastic support their guest chefs receive throughout the process. Listen to the end for an exciting announcement! 

Find Brother Marcus @brothermarcus_ on Instagram and through their website at www.brothermarcus.co.uk. Visit the café at 9 Chestnut Grove, London SW12 8JA. 

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Episode 17: Meredith | Food at Heart

The power of chocolate, the importance of slowing down and manageable ways to incorporate mediation into every day with Meredith from Food at Heart. 

We discuss all things chocolate and meditation with Meredith from Food at Heart - from the importance of slowing down to manageable ways of incorporating meditation into your daily life and the positive effect this can have. We also delve into the fascinating world of chocolate and learning to taste it properly. Who knew chocolate has more flavour molecules than wine or coffee?! We also talked about recognising your achievements - a theme that keeps occurring in our conversations and couldn’t be more important for those running a business.

Find Meredith @meredith_foodatheart on Instagram and on her website www.foodatheart.co.uk

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Episode 16: Joey | High Mood Food

For this episode, we chatted to Joey, co-founder of High Mood Food, the London café offering delicious gut-friendly dishes. It was fascinating to learn about the power of fermentation and creating complex flavour profiles from veg-centric cooking, as well as discussing the concept of veg-centric cooking and why it’s more inclusive than other dietary choices. We also heard how Joey balances high and low energy tasks – allowing the former to feed her motivation! Another part of our discussion was around the importance of stopping and recognising your achievements, especially when there may not be an end in sight. This was such an interesting conversation both around the food itself and Joey’s experiences so far in bringing it to the customers at High. We recommend making it a priority to visit next time you’re in central London! 

Find Joey @highmoodfood on Instagram and through their website at www.highmoodfood.com. Visit the café at 25 Duke Street, London, W1U 1LD. 

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Episode 15: Hugh | Ugly Drinks

Disrupting the market, taking time over decisions and creating an opportunity from obstacles with Hugh, co-founder of Ugly Drinks, creators of 100% natural, flavoured sparkling water.

We sat down with Hugh, co-founder of Ugly Drinks – the sugar and sweetener free, flavoured sparkling water brand who are disrupting the drinks industry one can at a time! We talked to Hugh about the importance of taking time over decisions – especially when it comes to branding and design. We also spoke about recognising a shift in consumer behaviour and giving them the opportunity to make an informed choice about what they are drinking, nurturing a sustainable culture within the brand and working with other creative people and allowing their input to create something new and exciting. Oh…AND the imminent launch of Ugly in the US and the exciting developments this will bring. There is SO much wisdom in this episode, drawn from Hugh’s incredible wealth of experience in the industry, we can’t recommend it enough. 

Find Hugh @uglydrinks_uk and @uglydrinks on Instagram and through their website at www.uglydrinks.com.

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Episode 14: Rebecca | Rock My Bowl

The importance of branding, trusting in a strong support network and learning to say ‘no’ with Rebecca from gourmet breakfast and lunch popup, Rock My Bowl

In conversation with Rebecca from gourmet breakfast and lunch popup, Rock My Bowl, we discussed the power of a cohesive brand identity, creating flavours that really stand out and the importance of having a trusted support network to turn to when things get tough. We also talked about how we must all learn to say ‘no’ to things that don’t serve us. Rebecca’s honesty about her journey so far and the way her brand has grown since launching really inspired us – there’s a wealth of advice and information on the different sides of her business from markets to popups and balancing being a parent with running a business. 

Find Rebecca @rockmybowl on Instagram and through her website at www.rockmybowl-co-uk.com.

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Episode 13: Mira | Mira Manek

Organically growing a business, the benefits of supper clubs and changing the perception of Indian food with Mira Manek. 

In this episode, we sat down with Mira Manek – chef, author and entrepreneur to hear about how she has grown a business organically through doing what she loves. Mira is changing the perception of Indian food through her nutritious recipes, now available in her first book Saffron Soul. We discussed how she is making Indian food more accessible to all by focusing on the flavour and nutritional properties of spices within her dishes. We also heard about her incredibly successful supper clubs – the process behind these and why she feels the concept is important. Mira has drawn on the wealth of information on Indian food which is available to her through her family and we talked about the importance of learning like this and why it might be the greatest form of cookery school! 

 

Find Mira on Instagram @miramanek and through her website at www.miramanek.com

 

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Episode 12: Dana | Arganic

Building a sustainable and ethical business with passion and dedication, achieving work life balance and creating a premium product. 

We talked to Dana from Arganic, purveyors of 100% organic, single origin Argan Oil – both culinary and cosmetic. We heard about the passion and research it takes to create a high quality product that works and tastes delicious (it has three Great Taste stars!). We discuss the importance of a sustainable business model, how our choices in both food and beauty have a bigger impact than we might think and the process of building lasting business relationships. We also hear how Dana has figured out a balance in her life between running a business and keeping herself well. We learnt so much through Dana’s infectious enthusiasm and passion for what she is doing – a very inspirational episode.

Find Dana @arganic on Instagram and through her website at www.arganic.co.uk. 

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Episode 11: Rupy | The Doctor's Kitchen

The power of nutrition, growing a business out of passion and wellbeing advice with Rupy from The Doctor’s Kitchen, helping everyone to live happier, healthier lives through food and lifestyle medicine

We’re so excited to be back and for our first episode of series two, we talk to Rupy from The Doctor’s Kitchen about how he inadvertently grew a business out of a real passion for helping his patients (and his growing following) to live healthier, happier lives through food and lifestyle medicine. We discuss the power of nutrition and the importance of making the right information accessible to all, how he got started through self-produced YouTube videos and Instagram and, perhaps most importantly, how he plans to change the education around nutrition for doctors studying and practising medicine. We also talk about his new book and accompanying podcast, full of delicious fad-free recipes, a wealth of lifestyle tips and easy to absorb nutritional facts. They both come highly recommended from us! 

Find Rupy @doctors_kitchen on Instagram and his website at www.thedoctorskitchen.com. Pick up a copy of his book on Amazon.

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