Episode 44 : Rav | Countertalk


 Creating a network for chefs, promoting fair and equal working conditions in kitchens and what it really takes to put on an event - with Rav, founder of Countertalk. 

For this episode we sat down with Rav, pastry chef and creator of Countertalk – the new platform helping to connect chefs within an equal and supportive environment. We heard about the reasons behind Rav’s decision to start the Countertalk community and why it is so important to champion new talent in the food industry in a way that is inclusive and supportive. We also discussed the careers side of the site and talked about the criteria food businesses must meet to post a job. It was really inspiring to hear the passion Rav has for placing talented chefs into the right working environments. Countertalk also runs events - from supper clubs to talks and tastings – and we chatted about all the different elements that go into to planning and running these events, while keeping them affordable. Finally we discussed Rav’s work as a pastry chef, currently at Tart London’s new space, Wild by Tart, and the different consulting roles she has taken on around London. This is a really insightful conversation, possibly our most honest yet – a must listen for anyone who’s already a part of or is thinking of becoming a part of this exciting industry. 

You can find Rav on Instagram @ravneeteats and Countertalk on Instagram @countertalk and online at www.countertalk.co.uk

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Episode 42 : Elly | Elly Pear (Curshen)


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Honing the book writing process, creating a community online and testing recipes with Elly Curshen, chef, food writer and more!  For this episode, we spoke to Elly Curshen, who's third cook book, Green, has just been published and is already finding huge success. Elly’s recipes have always been affordable, accessible and delicious and those in Green are no exception. We spoke in depth about the book writing process - how Elly has developed this and how her online community has a direct influence on what she includes in her books. Hearing about what happens after a book is published was so interesting – the promotion through food fairs, festivals and other events and, what sounds like the best part, seeing her audience recreating her recipes and sharing them with their own stories. We also talked about the other areas of work that Elly is able to give more focus to since closing her hugely successful and much loved café last September – including cookery courses and brand partnerships.

Follow Elly on Instagram or check her website to find out more.  You can find Elly on Instagram @ellypear and online at www.ellypear.com. You can find us on Instagram @whatscookingpodcast, on Twitter @whatscookingpod. Get in touch via thewhatscookingpodcast@gmail.com.  If you’re enjoying the podcast, please don’t forget to subscribe, review and leave us a star rating!


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Episode 31: Sarah | Made in Hackney

Episode 32: Alex | Social Pantry

Episode 33: Joanna | Pump Street Chocolate

Episode 34: Joel | The Good Egg

Episode 35: Danielle | Qnola

Episode 36: Melanie | Smith & Sinclair

Episode 37: Margie | Desert Island Dishes

Episode 38: Pip | Pip & Nut

Episode 39: Howard & Vivien | Little Moons

Episode 40: Clem | Yoga Brunch Club

Episode 39 : Howard & Vivien | Little Moons

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Manufacturing a frozen product, building a white label success into a one of a kind retail brand and creating a family business, with Howard & Vivien - co-founders of Little Moons, makers of delicious, high quality mochi. 

For this episode, we chatted to siblings and co-founders of Little Moons, Howard and Vivien. This was such an interesting and eye opening conversation, giving us insight into the highs and lows of manufacturing a product in house - and the even greater challenge of that product being frozen! We heard how Little Moons began by selling their mochi into some of the UK's best known restaurants before developing into a hugely successful retail brand - still the only producers of mochi in the UK and now being name checked on those very restaurant menus.  We also talked about the challenges of gaining space in store, how their innovative 'pick n mix' concept has been received in different markets and the importance of quality - and building a brand known for this.  There's so much to learn from this hugely inspiring episode - we suggest you listen while snacking on a mochi...or four! 

Find Little Moons on Instagram @littlemoonsmochi and via their website, www.littlemoons.co.uk. Buy them online on Ocado and Amazon or instore at Selfridges, Wholefoods and more! 


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Episode 38: Pip | Pip & Nut

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Crowdfunding before launch, creating a strong brand from the outset and encouraging a new perspective on food. 

We spoke to Pip, founder of Pip & Nut, about how she went about launching a new type of nut butter. Pip & Nut create 100% natural, nutritious nut butters without palm oil. The absence of this ingredient was quite revolutionary at the time of launch and the purity of their ingredients gives the butters a luxuriously glossy finish, unlike any other on the market. We heard how Pip turned to crowdfunding to facilitate the launch and why this route has been so beneficial. We also discuss the process of building a team who shares the brand’s ethos – with some members having been with Pip & Nut since launch. Throughout this episode Pip shares so much helpful advice and learnings from their experience so far. It was amazing to hear the story behind a company that is fast becoming a household name. It sounds like there are some exciting projects in the pipeline for Pip & Nut so watch this space… 

 

Find Pip & Nut on Instagram @pipandnut and via their website www.pipandnut.com

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SERIES 3

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Episode 21: Annie & Jonny | Spoon Cereals

Episode 22: Deepa | Besococo

Episode 23: Ed & Rich | Doisy & Dam

Episode 24: Henrietta | Henrietta Inman

Episode 25: Tom | TRIBE

Episode 26: Melissa & Leo | Minor Figures

Episode 27: Will | Minor Figures

Episode 28: Andrew | Vanilla Black

Episode 29: Abi | Le Choux

Episode 30: Saasha | Olio