Food Tribe

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Who doesn’t love a sweet, buttery pastry? Well, I’m not sure you’ve tasted one as sweet, as buttery and as sensational as a Pophams pastry.  Pophams is London's pastry darling, growing an almost cult-like following in the short year it’s been open. Those in the know hotfoot it to Pophams from all corners of the city to get their paws on these ridiculously good pastries. We’re not just talking your standard butter croissant here - think mouth-watering combinations like maple and bacon, nectarine and ginger custard, sea salt and rosemary, blood orange and chocolate custard… you get the idea. But just how did founder Ollie Gold dream up this little pastry mecca? From kitchen porter to globe trotter, Ollie shares his food journey and just how Pophams came to be. Visit the Food Tribe blog for all the interview notes, some snaps of the pastries and links to Ollie's favourite restaurants. 
Speaking of being at the top of ones game, my first guest is the young rising star on the London food scene. The talented, tattooed, ginger-bearded seafood master - Chef Tom Brown. Tom discovered his love for food in his teens while working at his local pub in Cornwall. His food journey has seen him work under some legendary chefs, head up Michelin starred kitchens, grace our screens on Great British Menu and realise his dream of opening his own restaurant, Cornerstone. So just how did this Cornwall lad become one of the hottest chefs in London? I headed over to Cornerstone to find out….   Visit the Food Tribe blog for all the interview notes, pictures and links to Tom's favourite restaurants. 
Food Tribe is a weekly show that explores the stories behind the people doing cool things in the world of food. Join host Georgie Creaven as she sits down with chefs, restaurateurs, food influencers, stylists, and cookbook authors to talk about their food journeys, where and what they love to eat and what it’s really like building a career in the industry. You’ll hear it all from the tribe of foodies at the top of their game...  
Ever wondered what it must be like being a food influencer?  Today on the show we have one of London’s top food influencers and just all round top lady, Felicity Spector. It was around 10 years ago that Felicity discovered this world of food, and today, she never misses a beat when it comes to what’s hip, hop and happening on the food scene. Felicity shares how this 'happy accident’ as she calls it happened, and just how this world of food has completely changed her life. Visit for show notes and links to restaurant recommendations.     
Today I have a special travel episode for you all about Marrakech. If you’ve been following the pod for a while, you’ll know I’m rather partial to a trip and love to share my experiences of a place and of course, what food and restaurants I enjoyed while visiting. Earlier this year I went to Marrakech for a long weekend so thought I'd give you a taste of the city. It’s such an interesting, bustling place filled with spices, colours, markets, tagines, flatbreads, rugs, leather, gorgeous terraces and plenty of fresh mint tea. I share some of my favourite spots and other general tips and recommendations which I hope you’ll find useful if you’re thinking of planning a trip there (when we can all travel again!). I‘ll also be speaking to a special guest - Willem Smit is the extremely talented designer and manager of the gorgeous boutique art hotel El Fenn. It was started by Vanessa Branson back in 2004 and after a chance meeting with Vanessa 10 years ago, Willem packed up his life in Amsterdam and moved to Marrakech to manage and take on the refurbishment of the hotel. El Fenn has become a bit of a phenomenon and it’s played a huge part in placing Marrakech on the map as a sought-after travel destination. Check out their Instagram account and you’ll see what I mean - it really is gorgeous, and they have an amazing Moroccan restaurant where we enjoyed the best meal of our trip. Willem and I chat about life in Morocco and what he loves about living there. He shares some of his local tips and we also speak about the growth of El Fenn and their plans for the future.   Names and links of places I mention: For a traditional lamb Tangia and flatbread lunch in the souks – Chez Lamine Traditional tagine lunch – Terrasse Bakchich Delicious lunch/dinner on the most gorgeous terrace - @lmidamarrakech  Dinner and drinks at @elfennmarrakech is a must (you need to book) – be sure to go in time to catch the sunset @nomadmarrakech @lejardinmarrakech @maxandjan and Atay café have beautiful terraces and are perfect for a tea/lunch break from shopping in the souks Terrasse des Epices is fab for a sundowner If you’re after something more upmarket I’ve heard Le Trou Au Mer or La Mamounia hotel are great for drinks/dinner If you want a break from Moroccan food, try Limoni (mostly Italian with a few Moroccan dishes on the menu)  
One of London’s favourite American chefs is on the show today…Chase Lovecky spent 5 years with Dave Chang’s Momofuku group, first in NYC and then Sydney, before moving to London in 2015 to work under Isaac Mchale at the Clove Club. After two years as head chef, Chase decided to move away from fine dining and open his own restaurant - so with backing from the Clove Club group, Two Lights opened in Shoreditch last year. What Chase has created at Two Lights is exciting and I think, unlike any other restaurant in London. Chase takes inspiration from his childhood, and the world-class kitchens he’s worked in, to bring modern American cuisine to us London diners. Chase is a chef with laser determination and such a clear vision of how he wants to express his food and the experience he wants to offer diners.  Two Lights is an extension of Chase - warm, fun, hospitable, all about a good time and serious about serving up great food. In this episode we talk about Chase’s career, important lessons he learned working for the great Dave Chang, what food means to him and of course all about his new baby - Two Lights. Follow Food Tribe on Instagram @the_foodtribe  
He may have only been cheffing for just over 6 years but ex-Som Saa chef John Chantarasak is cooking up some of the tastiest, most innovative Thai food in London. John cooks under the name of AngloThai, where he marries traditional Thai recipes and flavours with seasonal British ingredients, and his wine-expert wife Desiree, pairs his sensational dishes with natural wines. What isn’t there to love?! Over the past year, John has taken AngloThai on the road – doing residencies and pop-ups both abroad and here in the UK. Luckily for us Londoners, he’s back in the city and planning something a little more permanent… I caught up with John at his home in London where he shares his story – from being a musician to a banker and now chef – it’s been quite the ride. I hope you enjoy this wide-ranging conversation with the awesome and talented John Chantarasak. Follow Food Tribe on Instagram @the_foodtribe Find out more about AngloThai and their upcoming events:  
Today’s guest is Julian Denis, a young guy from California who moved to London and started the vegan Chinese restaurant Mao Chow in Hackney. I love this place - it’s a tiny hole in the wall with around 14 seats, 10 of which are at one communal table all in the same space as the minute open kitchen. You’ve got neon lights, metal music playing, a couple of beers in the fridge, and some of the tastiest Chinese food in the city - and it’s super affordable. Julian opened Mao Chow under the radar around 8 months ago and the response has been remarkable! Mao Chow has also just won London’s Priceless Cities Best New Bistro award, a joint win along with Tayēr + Elementary. You can find out more about this new international food award in Episode 31 with Christine Doublet. I headed over to Mao Chow to meet Julian and hear his story and how this gem of a place came to be. He’s created something truly unique with Mao Chow and I think Julian’s story demonstrates that you don’t need to have gone to culinary school or have investors and a load of capital to make your ideas happen… I hope you enjoy this chat with Mr. Julian Denis.  *Julian’s favourite spots to eat Chinese food in London – X’ian Impression Sichuan Folk Baiwei Lanzhou Lamian Noodle Bar  
By combining her love of food, wine and film, Alissa has brought a unique sensory dining experience to London. Kino Vino has become one of the hottest supper clubs in town and in just three short years Alissa has created a whole new career for herself in food. Alissa takes us on her food journey - from culinary tales growing up in Soviet Russia, to finding her creative voice through food. Alissa also tells us about her new cookbook Salt and Time: Recipes from a Russian Kitchen which comes out next month.     This is a story filled with family, film, imagination and plenty of delicious food...  Visit for show notes and pics.         
FOOD TRIBE IS BACK! Like many of us, I’ve become a lot more interested in the connection to our food, where it comes from, how it’s grown, the impact our decisions have on our food system and what that means for our environment.  So, this season I’ve decided to expand the guest list to include some farmers and producers and chefs leading the way when it comes to growing, producing and cooking in a sustainable way.  This episode I’m chatting to Tom Hunt - a chef, a food writer, co-owner of Poco restaurant in Bristol, a cookbook author, sustainability consultant and a climate change activist. Tom’s mission is to connect us to the true value of our food and where it comes from, and to teach a way of eating that prioritises the environment without sacrificing pleasure, and flavour. To do this he’s developed an approach of "Root to Fruit" eating which is a guide on how we can all support a better, fairer food system by the way we shop, cook and eat.  Tom has just published his second book Eating for Pleasure, People and Planet, which is really a culmination of his work in this space. So much more than a recipe book, it’s a modern guide on how to cook, shop and eat in today’s world. It’s a celebration of food, how it’s grown, the farmers who grow it, and how we can all make small changes to eat in way that’s good for us, that’s good for our environment and that’s ultimately delicious.  I headed over to Tom’s for coffee and a chat. We talk about his new book, his whole approach to food, and his background and why he became a chef on a mission...     
Today I’m speaking to Franco Fubini, founder and owner of fresh produce purveyor Natoora. Franco founded Natoora 16 years ago with a mission to revolutionise the food system. Natoora has always stood for sourcing and supplying food in a sustainable way. They source radically seasonal produce with a focus on flavour that’s been farmed in a way that works with nature, their supply chains are transparent, and farmers and producers are celebrated. Franco has been on the podcast before (you can take a listen to episode 22 if you haven’t heard it) where he shares the whole Natoora story, talks about their mission, and answers some big questions on our food system.  In light of this pandemic, I wanted to speak to Franco again about the impacts it’s having on our food system, and what opportunities he’s seeing for positive lasting change. Natoora has a pretty remarkable story of how they’ve adapted their business model, and miraculously increased their supply of food during this time - pivoting from supplying to restaurants which was 60% of their business, directly to people’s homes.  We chat about this shift the company has made, what trends they’re seeing, and then more broadly about what this crisis could mean for our food system, how it’s impacting farmers and consumers, and what we hope may emerge from it.
Farmer Abi Glencross is now head of Grains at Duchess Farms and is also one half of the Sustainable Food Story with her best friend Sadhbh Moore (you can listen to episode 30 to hear their story). Abi has had a rather wild career ride - she went from studying engineering to becoming a scientist growing meat in a lab, and then went to train under pioneering chef and sustainable agriculture advocate Dan Barber and his team at Blue Hill Farm in the US where she learned to farm. And it was there that she discovered her passion for heritage grains.  We talk about Abi’s journey from the lab to the field, what made her want to become a farmer, and she gives us the lowdown on heritage grains and why they’re better.  Abi is so passionate about what she does, and about doing it in a way that respects nature and our environment. It was great to speak to her again and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did… Happy listening! *To help Abi and the team at Duchess Farms buy their new flour mill, visit their crowdfunder page here*
Creating a chocolate company was the furthest thing from Raphael Dapaah's mind - he went into a career in politics, and despite cocoa being a huge part of his heritage, it wasn’t until reading a shocking fact on the industry in 2016 that led him to taking a trip back to Ghana to begin building his own ethical, sustainable craft chocolate brand. His two siblings Kwaku and Afia soon joined the company and in 2018 Dapaah Chocolates was born with a mission to uplift local cocoa-growing communities in Ghana, create new jobs, and pay farmers better, fairer wages. I’d heard about Dapaah because they won a Young British Foodie award last year, then I tasted their chocolate (which totally lived up to the hype) and I knew I had to get Raphael on the pod. The Dapaah story is an incredible example of a small food brand going against the mass-market status quo and standing for big, positive change.  I caught up with Raphael a couple of weeks ago to hear their story -  we chat about why he wanted to start the company, how he learnt to make chocolate, what makes their bars so unique,  and his long term dreams for the brand.
Summer is in the air and today’s guest is all about cooking up sunny island food. Selina Periampillai is a self-taught chef, who specialises in Mauritian cuisine. She’s recently released her debut cookbook, The Island Kitchen: Recipes from Mauritius and the Indian Ocean. It’s one big tropical feast! In this episode, Selina shares her story. From starting a supper club 6 years ago to going all in and making her dream career in food. We talk about her book and some of her favourite recipes, about Mauritius and the food culture there and how she’s bringing these dishes from the Indian ocean to the city of London. Selina is as bright and lovely as her food – I hope you enjoy this conversation. Happy listening! Follow Food Tribe on Instagram @the_foodtribe Find out more about Selina on her website:
Tom started working in kitchens at the age of 16 and has never looked back… His career has taken him around the world, working for greats like Gordon Ramsay and Nuno Mendes in London, Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York and Neil Perry at Rockpool in Sydney. It all came full circle back to London where Tom opened The Laughing Heart in Hackney with his business partner and wine guru, Charlie Mellor. Tom’s food draws inspiration from his travels around the world, using seasonal British ingredients. He’s graced our screens on Great British Menu and has firmly established himself as ‘one to watch’ on the London food scene. I’m a big fan of his restaurant – it’s the type of place you can pop into for a glass of wine, have a festive dinner with friends or swing by after a night out for Tom’s late-night Chinese menu that hits all the right spots. So, I headed over to The Laughing Heart to meet Tom and hear his story… we talk about his globe-trotting career as a chef, the world-class kitchens he’s worked in, and of course the Laughing heart and his glorious food. Happy listening! Follow Food Tribe on Instagram @the_foodtribe
Today’s guests are on fire! They may have shot to London food fame with their Iberico pork katsu sando which has had more Instagram airtime than any other sandwich on the planet (rightfully so, it’s flipping delicious) but there’s a lot more to this TĀTĀ Eatery duo than a pretty pork sandwich...  Ana and Meng both come from art and design backgrounds, the kitchen came calling and they decided to become chefs. And that’s how they met, 10 years ago, working for the great Nuno Mendes in London.  Around five years ago they decided they wanted to do their own thing and so TĀTĀ Eatery was born. They’re completely self-funded and started out by doing street food, and then moved on to pop-ups and residencies around London, growing their brand and following, which culminated in the opening of their two semi-permanent spaces this year.  Tou at the Arcade food theatre in central London is their more casual offering, focusing on their sandos and rice bowls. Their other site is at the very cool Tayēr + Elementary cocktail bar where they’ve partnered with renowned bartenders Monica Berg and Alex Kratena. So, a bit about how dining at Tayēr works - there’s a bar menu where you can order their cult katsu sando and other delicious bar snacks and small plates along with some world-class cocktails. Then you have the real-deal four-seat counter where Meng prepares a five-course menu that changes daily depending on what produce arrives from the farmers and fishermen he works with. Meng is a wizard! It’s some of the most interesting, creative cooking going on in London right now. And then you have Alex looking after you on the drinks side of things with the option to do a special cocktail pairing – a magic combo which makes for a memorable, delicious evening out. Tayēr + Elementary have just won the award for London’s Priceless Cities Best New Bistro - so a big congrats to Ana and Meng, and Alex and Monica - it’s great to see them being recognised for what they’ve created at Tayēr. Ana and Meng, I think, at the core of it are artists - the way they think about and create food is fluid and expressive and it’s not confined to a single cuisine. They take inspiration from their travels, their backgrounds, and the produce they source, and the result is something Meng likes to refer to as ‘Modern London cuisine’. They’re so committed to and passionate about the art of cooking, feeding people and connecting with their diners and it’s amazing to see how they’ve grown TĀTĀ from a small pop-up concept to one of London’s most exciting and creative food offerings.  I hope you enjoy this wide-ranging conversation where we talk about the rise of TĀTĀ, their food, finding the balance between being chefs and growing a business, and future plans for this talented duo…  
Today’s episode is a little different - we’re going to be talking about a new international food awards programme. A collaboration between Le Fooding and Mastercard, Priceless Cities Best New Bistro launched earlier this year and they’re doing things a little differently to the likes of Michelin and Worlds 50 Best. The PCBNB awards shine a light on a new generation of chefs and restaurateurs, recognising the cool innovative new places that have opened in the last 12 to 18 months, that don’t require you to book a year in advance or mortgage your house to dine there.  By recognising these recently opened independent places, this awards programme is current, accessible to a lot more diners, and it’s up to date on where the interesting stuff is happening in food today.  For this first year they’re starting with four cities - Paris, London, New York and Mexico City. The shortlist for London (out of around 25 places selected) includes Bright, Mao Chow and Tayer + Elementary (with the brilliant TATA Eatery in charge of the food offering).  So why am I talking about this food award?  In the upcoming episodes I’ll be interviewing the three shortlisted spots for London so as a prelude I wanted to find out more about this new awards programme, why it’s different and why us diners should care. My guest today is the lovely Christine Doublet, the head of editorial at Le Fooding in Paris, and the lady in charge of this new awards programme. Christine has such a great knowledge of the global dining scene, so it was great to pick her brain and talk all things food. We cover what the new awards programme is all about and go into some of the shortlisted restaurants, a bit on Le Fooding and what they do,  what trends are happening on the international food scene, and  Christine shares a bit of her background in food, and how she came to have this dreamy job flying around the world to dine out at the coolest new spots. She also lets us in on her personal list of favourite places to eat at in 2019… Winners are being announced across all four cities this Monday 25th November. You can see the full list for each city at Recommendations from Christine - places mentioned in Paris: Café Pimpin  Les Arlots  Billili  Places mentioned on the French Basque coast: L’Antre (Bidart) Maitenia (Ciboure) Elements (Bidart)  
My guest today is Mr. Phil Bracy, co-owner of Bright in London Fields and part of the four-man gang behind London’s game-changing wine shop come restaurant P Franco in Clapton. Following the success of P Franco, Phil and the team wanted to take their same comfortable, fun, effortless approach to hospitality that made P Franco such a hit and open a bigger restaurant. And so, came Bright. Chefs Will Gleave (one of P Franco’s first resident chefs and co-founder of Bright) and Peppe Belvedere (formerly head chef of Brawn) head up the kitchen. They focus on seasonality and work directly with artisan producers and farmers which informs their regularly changing menu. Bright is the kind of place you can pop into for a glass of wine at the bar, have a snack, or settle in for a long-haul, special occasion meal. The food is top-notch, the wine list, as you can imagine, is one of the best in the city, they play great music, there’s nothing conceptual or overthought or stuffy about it  - it’s a fun, welcoming place to go and hang out and enjoy great food and wine. For me, it’s everything I want in a restaurant. I wanted to hear the Bright story and how this group of four guys came to build their niche wine/food east London empire… So, I headed over to Bright to have a chat with Phil and we cover the whole timeline - from the early days at P Franco, the opening of Bright and earlier this year, their third restaurant Peg. Phil shares his story of how he came to be - I guess you could say - an accidental restaurateur. Not coming from a hospitality background, Phil worked in wine retail in Sydney up until only a few years ago, and now he’s a full-time restaurant man. And London is all the better for it!  Bright is in the final shortlist for London’s Priceless Cities Best New Bistro award, along with Mao Chow and Tayer + Elementary  - you can hear more about this new international food award in last week’s episode with Christine Doublet so check that out if you haven’t had a listen yet. Winners are being announced this coming Monday 25th November across London, NYC, Paris and Mexico City.  Okay now onto the episode with Phil... He’s a super cool guy, and I hope you enjoy this chat as much as I did.  
Hello listeners! Marco Mendes and his business partner and good friend Jake Kasumov are behind one of the most loved new additions to London’s food scene over the past two years: the buzzing Portuguese restaurant Casa Do Frango in London Bridge, and they now have their second Casa in Shoreditch which opened at the start of the year. The duo’s restaurant group MJMK is also behind the much-anticipated Mexican fine dining restaurant Kol which (when this is all over) they’ll be opening with the brilliant Mexican chef Santiago Lastra. Marco and Jake met in London around 10 years ago, became good friends and decided to leave their corporate careers in their early twenties to start their own company - first doing music events, which led to bars and now restaurants. Marco is half Portuguese and grew up spending summers in the Algarve. He realised that Londoners were missing out on the real-deal piri-piri chicken and other food from this region of Portugal, and so, inspired by the chicken shacks he grew up eating in, Marco and Jake opened Casa in 2018. It’s good, honest tasty, affordable food with a big focus on using the best ingredients, both from the UK and Portugal. I met up with Marco back in February at their site in Shoreditch to hear the whole Casa story and what they have planned for their next restaurant Kol. The launch has of course been put on hold for now but it’s going to be something very special when it opens. Marco and Jake’s restaurant group is definitely one to watch. They have some ambitious and exciting plans up their sleeves, and I know that once this crisis has settled down, they’re going to be bringing a whole lot more to London's restaurant scene.
FOOD TRIBE IS BACK!  And what a story to start season 2… Have you ever had those drunken chats with your friends? You know the ones, like one day we’ll do this or that, open a bar on the slopes or buy a hotel in Thailand… but it’s usually forgotten in the morning. Well, not for chef Pip Lacey and her best friend Gordy McIntyre. Their restaurant Hicce, which opened in London at the end of last year has been a dream nearly 20 years in the making… I headed over to Hicce to meet Pip. We talk about her restaurant and her food of course, and her rather remarkable story of how she became a chef - which only happened 10 years ago, by a crazy stroke of luck, at the age of 28… Follow Food Tribe on Instagram @the_foodtribe  Find out more about Pip and her restaurant:
Who ever said a restaurant couldn’t be life changing? Visiting Fergus Henderson’s St John was literally a life changing moment for chef Giles Edwards. Giles spent five years working at St John before moving back to South Africa and opening his own restaurant, La Tête, in Cape Town in 2016. His restaurant is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike and he's become one of the most celebrated chefs in South Africa. While in Cape Town, I met up with Giles to hear his story... We talk about childhood dishes, his food philosophy and his path to becoming a chef. And to think it all started with a reluctant dinner at St John more than 12 years ago… As we learn, persistence pays off and restaurants really can be life changing.  Visit for pics and show notes. 
After trading in corporate life for kitchen life back in 2013, Mandy started on her mission to bring the best Malaysian food to the people of London. After growing a serious fan base from her street food days and pop-up dinners, she opened her first restaurant, Sambal Shiok in July 2018 and Londoners can’t get enough. You're going to love Mandy's story. We cover everything from her childhood in Kuala Lumpur, what goes into making the perfect laksa, where she’d go for dinner with her favourite food critic and her advice for anyone who may be thinking of opening a restaurant... Visit for all the delicious mentions and a few snaps of Mandy's lip-smacking laksa. 
Moroccan food is so flavoursome and delicious! Yet, not all that much is known about Moroccan cuisine, and good Moroccan food (outside of Morocco) isn’t all that easy to come by… But my guest today is on a mission to change all that. Nargisse began blogging about Moroccan food around 6 years ago. Her blog is now a major success and she recently published her first cookbook; Casablanca: My Moroccan food.  Nargisse shares her story and gives us the lowdown on Moroccan food. I have a feeling that after listening to this you’ll be making a tagine or pastilla for your next dinner party and stocking your pantry with a few jars of preserved lemons… Visit for show notes and a few snaps of Nargisse's dishes. 
Merlin is one impressive chef. He won a Michelin star at the age of 24 and in his spare time he uses his superpowers for good, giving up weeks at a time cooking for refugees, and at Massimo Bottura’s Food for Soul charity. In this wide ranging conversation we talk about Merlin's journey to becoming a chef and how it saved him as a teen, his approach to food, the real meaning of farm to table and his charitable projects. You’ll also get the scoop on where he loves to eat out in London when he’s not in the kitchen.  Visit for all links and show notes. 
Mountains, pristine beaches, winelands, forests, markets, sensational food and wine - Cape Town has it all! This special travel episode will give you all the deets you need to plan the most epic trip to this magical city. One of my best friends, Francie van Hasselt (@francievh), lives in Cape Town and she’s a lady about town and knows all the good spots so I couldn't think of anyone better to record this with to give you a local’s view. We start by giving you some background on the city, then go onto drinks, food, must-dos and finally what our dream day in Cape Town would be… Visit for recommendation lists and pics
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