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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Episode 10: Beth & Kat | The What's Cooking Podcast

Looking back on series 1, how we got started and our personal influences with us (Beth & Kat) of EK Bakery, Kat Bakes London and of course, The What’s Cooking Podcast! 

It’s the final episode of series 1 so we decided to take a look back on some of our favourite moments of the podcast. We’ve had the most incredible experiences and been overwhelmed by the honesty and advice imparted by all our guests. We also quiz each other on our own businesses and talk about how and why we got started. We hope you enjoy this slightly different episode and find it interesting getting to know us a bit better! 

Find Beth @ekbakery on Instagram and her website at www.elizabeth-kerr.co.uk/ekbakery

Find Kat @katbakeslondon on Instagram and her website www.katbakeslondon.com.

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Episode 9: Safia | Dear Safia


Being fearless and developing style and a love of food through travel with baker, photographer, food stylist and writer, Safia

We talk to Safia about the multitude of roles within the career she has carved out for herself. We ask what it’s like starting out in the food industry, the difficulties of finding balance when you’re managing an array of projects and hear about some of the huge projects she’s worked on, including an edible rainbow wall! It was interesting to hear how Safia found connection with food and how travel has influenced her work and style. We loved hearing about Safia’s family history in sweets and and learning more about the flavours and ingredients which are prominent in her baking. 

Find Safia @dearsafia on Instagram and her website at www.dearsafia.com. You can chat wiith us @whatscookingpod on Twitter, @whatscookingpodcast on Instagram or drop us an email to thewhatscookingpodcast@gmail.com

Episode 8: Chloë | Nibs etc.

Reducing food waste, balancing business with other pursuits and silencing your inner critic with Chloë from pioneering food brand, Nibs etc. 

We talk to Chloë from Nibs etc. about what sparked her innovative brand and how she developed a creative and delicious range around a 'waste' product. We discuss how your biggest obstacle can be yourself and how to silence that inner critic and just go for it. Chloë also has great advice on the art of balancing business with other pursuits to ensure you don’t push yourself too far. This is only the beginning for Chloë – hear what’s happening next and all her plans for the future of the company and how it can continue to make a difference...

Find Chloë @nibsetc on Instagram and her website at www.nibsetc.com.

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Episode 7: Hedie | Husk and Honey Granola

Working with family, taking on responsibility and keeping motivated with Hedie from award-winning, premium granola company Husk & Honey. 

We discuss how Hedie took her passion for a fresh, premium product and turned it into an award-winning family business, stocked all over London and beyond! We hear about the many benefits of working with family, taking on responsibility and multiple roles within the company and how Hedie keeps herself motivated whilst running this hugely successful company with her sister, Verity. There’s some great advice for anyone thinking of starting a food business too…

*We have an exclusive offer from Husk & Honey for all our listeners, so check out our Instagram for details!*

Find Hedie @huskandhoneygranola on Instagram and her website at www.huskandhoney.co.uk.

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Episode 6: Ama | Lucocoa Chocolate

Interpreting customer feedback, balancing two full time jobs and being part of the chocolate revolution with Ama from bean to bar chocolate makers, Lucocoa. 

We sat down with Ama from Lucocoa Chocolate to discuss how she gets her bean to bar chocolate out into the world. We hear about what it takes to grow a company whilst working full time, being smart about interpreting customer feedback and standing at the forefront of London’s chocolate revolution…it’s coming! It was so inspiring to talk to Ama about the process of bean to bar and how this is beginning to change the way people see (and taste) chocolate. We were also lucky enough to get a peek inside her chocolate factory to witness this in action - it’s very impressive!

Find Ama @lucocoachocolate on Instagram and her website at www.lucocoachocolate.com

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Episode 5: Ali & Chloe | Health is Wealth

 

 

We talk to Ali and Chloe, founders of corporate wellness company, Health is Wealth, and discuss their vision for the future of healthcare within the workplace. We learn about how they overhaul their clients’ nutrition and lifestyle habits to create a workforce that is healthier, happier and more productive. It was great to hear how they’ve built their company in the past year and evolved with it to create a very important service for both companies and individuals. There is so much incredible advice for staying well whilst living a busy lifestyle – whether you’re working for a big bustling company or at home for yourself. We also discuss the benefits of having a business partner (they make a good case!) and learn more about approaching potential business in the corporate world. 

 

Find Ali and Chloe @hiwgroup on Instagram and their website at www.healthiswealthgroup.com

 

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Episode 4: Emily | Weligama

The importance of taking every opportunity, developing a new style of cooking using local seasonal produce from the UK with flavour principles from Sri Lanka and the journey of personal development that creating Weligama, the book, has taken Emily on. 

We sit down with Emily from Weligama to discuss the process of creating her new book WELIGAMA – Recipes from Sri Lanka, which launched last week!! It was so exciting to hear all about how she developed a new style of cuisine, mixing local seasonal produce from the UK with flavour principles she learned in Sri Lanka. We also talked about running a market stall, doing what scares you and how writing the book became a journey of personal development. There are also some great tips for cooking the perfect curry and where to find specialist ingredients. 

Find Emily @weligama_ldn on Instagram and her website at www.weligama.co.uk.

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Episode 3: Izy | Top with Cinnamon

Books deals, photography skills and kitchen cheats with Izy Hossack, creator of popular blog Top with Cinnamon. 

We delve into the various sides to Izy, including author, photographer, stylist and student! We discuss how she honed her photography and styling skills, the different processes involved in securing a book deal and what influences her delicious recipes. We also hear some of Izy's best kitchen cheats…trust us, they’re good! 

Find Izy @izyhossack on Instagram and her blog at www.topwithcinnamon.com. Find us @whatscookingpodcast on Instagram and @whatscookingpod on Twitter. Drop us an email on thewhatscookingpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 2: Ryan | Borough 22

Building a successful business with Borough 22, creators of vegan and & gluten free doughnuts

We sat down with Ryan from Borough 22, London's first vegan and gluten free doughnut company. Stocked in Selfridges, Planet Organic and myriads of cafés and delis around London, these delicious treats are taking over! We discuss the huge impact social media can have on a new business, the highs and lows of running your own company and how to find that all important balance between work and home.

Find Ryan @borough22 on Instagram. Find us @whatscookingpodcast on Instagram and @whatscookingpod on Twitter. Drop us an email at thewhatscookingpodcast@gmail.com

Episode 1: Noreen | MyBaker

Applying for funding, being willing to adapt and how to build your business using social media

We talk to Noreen from MyBaker, the online platform connecting talented bakers with customers requiring baked treats. We discuss how she went about securing funding for the business, the hardest things about being a business owner and how she utilises social media to create and expand her audience. 

Find MyBaker @mybaker.co on Instagram and @mybaker_co on Twitter. Find us at @whatscookingpodcast on Instagram and @whatscookingpod on Twitter