Desert Island Dishes
About Desert Island Dishes
What would you choose as your last meal? Chef Margie Nomura talks to a special guest about the seven dishes that have shaped their lives.
In this podcast you will find conversations with interesting people from the world of food and beyond uncovering the seminal dishes and experiences that have shaped who they are today. We will find out about their favourite childhood dishes, the dishes they eat the most often, and the dishes that mean the most to them. And of course we will also discover what their last dish would be before being cast off to the desert island.
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My guest today is Rick Stein. A highly requested guest, I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did recording it. Rick is, of course, a chef, restaurateur, cook book author and television presenter. He has written over 25 cookery books, a memoir and made over 30 television programmes. His latest cookbook, Simple Suppers is out now. It has been nearly 50 years since he first opened The Fish Restaurant in Padstow, an area of Cornwall he fell in love with at a young age and has made his home. Despite his successes, Rick describes himself as an accidental restaurateur – who never planned on a career in food. And yet how lucky we are that his dreams of running a nightclub were quashed by the local authorities and led instead to the Stein restaurant empire we know today. He is the man who could pretty much entirely be credited with bringing an appreciation of fish to the UK masses, something he says he didn’t set out to do intentionally, it just made sense at the time. Despite his obvious success, Rick has said, “I’ve definitely got a sense of not being very good at stuff. It’s sort of absurd because, you know, I’ve done really quite well for myself, but I still really doubt myself. It’s just the way I am.” Simple Suppers is out now, available at all good bookstores. And don't forget if you want to enter our Fortnum and Mason giveaway with the chance to win one of their Magic of Christmas Hampers worth £300 sign up for the newsletter via the website www.desertislanddishes.co and I will be sending out more information. Thank you to Georgie my producer for all her hard work and thank you for listening! xx Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week we have Donna Hay on the mini episode The Dream Dinner Party. Donna is the much loved and respected queen of cooking in Australia – she’s got a new cookbook out Even More Basics to Brilliance – which is the follow up to her first of this series. I was honoured to host Donna's supperclub at Fortnum and Mason a few weeks ago where we talked about the new book and then were served the most delicious food all from the book. Donna is extremely fun and she did not disappoint with her Dream Dinner Party which i think I describe as amazing many times in this but I just couldn’t get over how – well amazing (!) sounded. I do hope you enjoyed today’s episode and make sure you’re subscribed to catch all episodes of The Dream Dinner Party and Desert Island Dishes. Thank you so much for listening bye! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
My guest today is Zena Kamgaing. Zena describes herself as a passionate home-chef, recipe creator and food enthusiast. Before going full time as a freelance recipe creator, She worked for a charity and ran their anti human trafficking initiative, worked for a food media company as head of ops before working at Mob kitchen – the food media platform. Zena burst onto the food creator scene when she appeared on Jamie Oliver’s Cook Book Challenge and since then her career has gone from strength to strength. She has since appeared on Lorraine, has garnered a huge online following and this seems to be just the start. Thank you very much to our sponsor for today's episode, Nestlé Carnation. Head to their website for a whole load of recipe inspiration: https://www.carnation.co.uk Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter Dinner Tonight - you can sign up via the website www.DesertIslandDishes.co and find me on instagram @desertislanddishes.co And thank you to my brilliant producer Georgie for all your help as always. https://www.rutherfordproductions.co.uk Thank you for listening! Margie x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week we have Clodagh McKenna on our mini episode: The Dream Dinner Party. Clodagh is so much fun. She makes the most delicious food but she also makes the setting and everything look so beautiful. You’ll have seen her cooking on ITVs this morning, as well as her brilliant instagram videos she did during lockdown that brought a lot of cheer to people. I think she is one of the only dream dinner party hosts where I have actually been to a dinner party she hosted and it was so much fun. A lot of dancing, mainly to Tina Turner and so I knew her dream dinner party would be very special. Clodagh has just announced that her Irish Tea Brack has launched - you can order it from her website www.clodaghmckenna.com and it will be delivered 24 hours after it comes out of the oven! Delicious!! Don't forget to leave a review if you havent already. And sign up for the newsletter at www.desertislanddishes.co - there are now over 12,000 of you on the newsletter which is so so exciting to me. THANK YOU! And a huge thanks to my amazing producer Georgie - find her at www.rutherfordproductions.co.uk. She's the best and I'm so grateful for all her help with bringing this to you each week. See you next time for more Desert Island Dishes x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
My guest today is Ed Gamble Ed is a comedian, an actor, host of the Off Menu podcast amongst others, and judge on the Great British Menu. He can now also add author to his bio of credentials as his debut book Glutton has just been published. His career in comedy began at Durham university performing with the Durham revue before heading to the Edinburgh fringe for the first time in 2011 His stand-up comedy is largely observational comedy, often aimed at himself, including discussion of his diabetes, which he was diagnosed with as a teenager. He says his humour was honed by a fixation with all things sitcoms and stand up. Ed has been a regular panellist on the BBC panel show Mock the Week , has acted for shows on the BBC and hosted several radio shows. The Off Menu podcast which he hosts with James Acaster has been a phenomenal success which has seen him become somewhat of a household name. When asked what made him get into comedy, Ed replied, The perfect mix of a terrifying ego and an astonishing lack of self-esteem. I can’t tell day to day whether I’m arrogant or I hate myself, but I think somewhere in-between is absolutely ideal for a comedian. Do hope you enjoy today's episode. Come and find me on Instagram @desertislanddishes and don't forget to sign up to the newsletter Dinner Tonight by going to the website www.desertislanddishes.co Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
My guest today is Rachel Belle Rachel is an award winning journalist with over 20 years of experience. She lives in Seattle and is the creator & host of Your Last Meal, a James Beard Award finalist for Best Podcast, Her food writing has been published in places like Lucky Peach, Eater and The Stranger, she has appeared on The Cooking Channel (as a taco expert!) Rachel says she loves traveling the world, hiking through wildflowers, campfire cooking, and trying as many dumplings and pizzas as possible. On her website Rachel says her relatives invented both the bagel dog and the tube top which are both equally intriguing! To find more of Rachel be sure to check out her podcast Your Last Meal wherever you get your podcasts. And find us at www.desertislanddishes.co and on Instagram @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
My guest today is Russell Norman Known as The Restaurant Man. He is a writer, broadcaster and award winning founder of celebrated restaurants with first THE POLPO restaurant group and now BRUTTO. Hailed as “London’s coolest restaurateur” and having been described as the man who saved restaurants after the financial crash, Russell is a restaurateur with over 20 years experience in London restaurants – he worked his way up from bartender, to waiter, maître d, general manager and operations director at Caprice Holdings before opening his first restaurant Polpo. Never one to follow trends, in fact he sets them…it was Russell that started our love affair with small plates, sharing platters and a move away from the fussiness of fine dining. It was also Russell that started the strict no reservation policy that spread like wild fire. Russell has said, "A lot of people fantasise about opening their own restaurant, thinking it is going to be a bit like a dinner party but with a till, but it’s a fallacy” The reality is 18 hour days and they would be tired and miserable”. And yet he says for him, the feeling of running a restaurant is as though “someone’s plugged into the mains”. Hope you enjoy today's episode. Don't forget Russell's beautiful book Brutto is out now. Thank you very much to Nestlé Carnation for sponsoring this weeks episode. Head to their website www.carnation.co.uk for lots of recipe inspiration and there’s even a free downloadable recipe book waiting for you there too. You can find me @desertislanddishes and the website at www.desertislanddishes.co Thank you for listening! Margie x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Today’s guest on The Dream Dinner Party is Donal Skehan who is so much fun and who has been on Desert Island Dishes before – a few years ago but defiitrly worth having a listen to his main episode as it’s a goodie. I think he was in the very early days when I just turned up with basically a little Dictaphone recorder and hoped for the best. Donal has a new book out called Home Kitchen and honestly Donal’s books are really great – I don’t know how he does it, I tried to get him to give me all his secrets but instead I did persuade him to tell us all about his dream dinner party and this is a very fun one. I’m also going to be posting Donal’s Little Black Book on instagram which is a new little feature we are trying out and I thought might be fun so keep an eye out for that and show it some love if you like it. You are listening to our side dish: The Dream Dinner Party. This is the mini episode where we invite a guest to tell us all about their dream dinner party. This is a game I know a lot of people have played on long car journeys or maybe first dates so it’s really fun to sit down with a different guest each week and hear who they would invite and what they would serve. You’re allowed to invite 4 people – anyone you want, and I think it’s impossible to listen without thinking of your own answers! Thank you for listening! Find us on Instagram @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
My guest today is Sarah Wilson Sarah started I Quit Sugar in 2011 as a lifestyle experiment for a column she was writing. This led to an e-book, then three New York Times bestsellers and a business that saw 1.5 million people signing up to an eight-week nutrition programme. But as time went on, Sarah wasn’t enjoying it anymore. She says, ‘The business got to a point where it had gone from being a joy – creating, inventing, connecting with people – to a business concern. It felt soul-destroying. It felt wrong.’ And so in February 2022 she sold off the business and its assets and gave everything to charity. She now donates the money to carefully researched charity projects that target inequality, indigenous issues and the climate crisis. Sarah consumes essentials only, has never owned a handbag and doesn’t own a car. Her career has been extraordinary, she became the editor of Cosmopolitan Australia at 29, hosted the most-watched TV series show in the nation’s history -the first season of Masterchef Australia – and wrote the international bestseller First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, which Mark Manson described as “the best book on living with anxiety that I’ve ever read”. Her most recent book This One Wild and Precious Life, is also a prize winner and Sarah has been ranked in the top 200 most influential authors in the world (two years in a row). Thank you very much to Nestlé Carnation for sponsoring this weeks episode. Head to their website www.carnation.co.uk for lots of recipe inspiration and there’s even a free downloadable recipe book waiting for you there too. You can find me @desertislanddishes and the website at www.desertislanddishes.co Thank you for listening! Margie x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week we have Madeleine Shaw, is a nutritional therapist based in London as the guest on this weeks episode of our side dish: The Dream Dinner Party. Interesting fact for you, I’ve done one live recording of Desert Island Dishes and Maddie was the guest! So if you want to go back and listen to her episode of desert island dishes, it was a few years ago now but that one was recorded in front of a live audience. I actually don’t know how I managed to record it as I didn’t have anyone helping me and it’s a miracle! But yes, we love a returning guest and I do hope you enjoy hearing about Maddie's dream dinner party. Rowan Atkinson – if you're listening I sincerely apologise for what you're about to hear and please know I am a huge fan and meant no offence. Really hope you enjoy! Follow me on Instagram @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
You may well know Jon from his friendly, down-to-earth cooking videos online where he has amassed a huge following of avid fans but what you may not know is that Jon is where he is today through a lot of hard work and determination to turn his life around completely. He left school at the age of 16 with no idea what he wanted to do, he found himself hanging out with the wrong crowd and was constantly getting into trouble with the police. In 2008 he was sentenced to 6 ½ years in a young offenders institute. He said he had two choices: spending 23 hours a day in a cell or signing up for everything he could. He signed up for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and in that moment he changed the entire course of his life. Jon became the first person to ever earn a gold Duke of Edinburgh award whilst in prison receiving the award from Prince Philip himself. Jon went on to work for Jamie Oliver, where his passion for food was really ignited and now 16 years on, he runs a successful food business working as a chef and has just released his first cookbook. Thank you to our sponsor Cru Kafé for supporting us this episode and helping us to bring the show to you every week. Visit their website here. Don't forget to come and find us on Instagram and Tiktok @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Hi I’m Margie Nomura and welcome to another episode of our side dish: The Dream Dinner Party. This is the mini episode where we invite a guest to tell us all about their dream dinner party. This is a game I know a lot of people have played on long car journeys or maybe first dates so it’s really fun to sit down with a different guest each week and hear who they would invite and what they would serve. You’re allowed to invite 4 people – anyone you want, and I think its impossible to listen without thinking of your own answers This week we have Matt Rodbard who is a critically lauded writer, editor and author of food and culture books s well as the host of the this is taste podcast – a show which features culturally relevant and surprising discussions about food and drink. There’s nothing matt doesn’t know about restaurants and what’s hot – so it was fun to sit down with him and talk all about dinner parties and his dream dinner party. I do hope you enjoyed todays episode and make sure you’re subscribed to catch all episodes of The Dream Dinner Party and Desert Island Dishes. Thank you so much for listening, and thank you to Kru Cafe coffee for sponsoring this weeks episode. You can find them online at crukafe.com where you can currently get 50% off their discovery box. And they are also available at Waitrose. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
My guest today is Tara Wigley Tara spent a decade working in publishing–before going to cookery school in Ireland. Where she spent 3 months with her twin toddlers and her dog. She has developed, tested, and writen recipes for Ottolenghi’s weekly column in the Guardian magazine and monthly New York Times’s columns, as well as for his cookbooks. She is the co-author of the award-winning Falastin, - in-house writer of Team Ottolenghi, Yotam’s co-author on eight of the biggest food books, including the million-seller, Ottolenghi Simple.. and mother of teen twins and a tween. Her hilarious and often biting ditties on Instagram have won her a new audience which is interested more in her own voice; How to Butter Toast is a recipe book without recipes, a rhyming route through the how-tos of cooking which is both reassuring and entertaining. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week we have the queen of dinner parties and a woman who has the knack for making everything look so completely gorgeous – Skye Mcalpine. We recorded this in Skye’s kitchen, which if you follow her on Instagram you will know is just absolute heaven – a kitchen of dreams with a long flowing table, the prettiest plates and crockery piled high in a dresser and adorning the walls. She had cakes waiting for us, which were delicious of course. Her third book came out earlier this year – A Table Full of Love which explores the connection between food and love and Skye’s love language is definitely food which we explore in todays episode. Really hope you enjoy today's episode. Don't forget you can find me on Instagram @desertislanddishes and sign up for the newsletter at www.dinnertonight.substack.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Thom Bateman started his career as a chef at the age of 17, after training at Buxton College and gaining a knowledge of the classical techniques. He quickly rose through the ranks and became head chef at the tender age of 18. In 2009 Thom decided to leave the culinary world behind him, in order to protect his mental health and get a change in scene, a chance to travel to learn more about the world but also himself. 10 years later, Thom started a food blog page known as Bboxfood reigniting a passion for cooking. Through this, he began working with big brands and before long, he had amassed a large and loyal following. That following now sits at close to 3.5 million followers. Heading back to his roots… Thom decided to open the ‘The Flintlock’. His critically acclaimed restaurant, it’s a family affair and It’s from here he creates all his recipes and videos. He’s appeared on The Great British Menu where he was invited to compete to represent Staffordshire. With all this success and yet, it seems like he’s only just getting started. Thank you to our sponsor Deliveroo for supporting us this season and helping us to bring the show to you every week. Don't forget to come and find us on Instagram and Tiktok @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Hi I’m Margie Nomura and welcome to another episode of our Side Dish: The Dream Dinner Party. This is the mini episode where we invite a guest to tell us their dream dinner party. We find out everything from their dream guest list to what they would serve as the menu and where it would be held. This week we welcome Poppy O’Toole to tell us all about her dream dinner party and her choice of guests and the venue are guaranteed to make this a very fun dinner party. Poppy O’Toole, also known as Poppy Cooks, is a Michelin-trained professional chef, who turned to tiktok upon losing her job in 2020 to fill some time. 3 years later, Poppy has amassed over 4 million followers on tiktok and her second cookbook is about to be released. She is a judge on Junior Masterchef and as the self-proclaimed Potato Queen, teaches her audience to make all sorts of potato delights as well as a whole host of other lovely recipes that aim to make cooking and food accessible to all audiences. There is no right or wrong way to host a dinner party, whether it’s a dream one or not. A casual take away with your very closest friends or a full on affair where you impress people you’ve never met. The term dinner party can be a bit loaded, but in my mind it encompasses every occasion and every way of doing it Subscribe to the newsletter Dinner Tonight here. Follow us on Instagram @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
My guest today is Jane Dunn. You may know her through her recipes online as Jane’s Patisserie. She has amassed a following of over 1.3 million with her easy to follow but super indulgent recipes for all levels of bakers. From her large Instagram following, regular This Morning stints and record breaking stats, Jane’s hugely engaged following make her this generation’s go-to baker and have her being called the Mary Berry of the Instagram age. Her debut book, Jane’s Patisserie, became the fastest-selling baking book of all time, selling 44,000 copies in its first 3 days after publication. Outselling some of the biggest names out there and she ddid this without the support of a TV show or a huge publicity drive. Pretty impressive stuff from the woman who found her way into baking after ending up in cookery school on a fluke. Her blog attracts 8 million views a month and when asked the secret to her success, Jane has said "I think my selling point is I am a down-to-earth young woman and these recipes are accessible to anyone.” Her second book Jane’s Patisserie Celebrate! became an instant Number 1 bestseller and she’s just written her third which has just been released! Available from all good book stores. Thank you so much for listening. Find us on instagram @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week Nadiya Hussain comes back to tell us all about her Dream Dinner Party. Nadiya's episode of Desert Island Dishes was a few years ago now but if you haven’t listened to it you must – she’s so warm and open and it’s a lovely listen. Her new book Nadiya’s Simple Spices is out now and is packed with beautiful breakfasts, lunches and extraordinary family food in the form of Bombay potatoes, crispy leek biryani and we will hear about some of the dishes in todays episode. I do hope you enjoyed todays episode and make sure you’re subscribed to catch all episodes of The Dream Dinner Party and Desert Island Dishes. Thank you so much for listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Fred has become known as the nation’s favourite maitre d’ and TV personality. He initially wanted to be a chef, but having decided that the repetitive nature of professional cooking would stifle his creativity, he switched his attention to the front of house and has never looked back. Fred worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in both France and the UK, and rose to fame back in 2013 on Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning matchmaking show First Dates, where his warmth and charm was a tonic to the nerve-wracked daters entering the first dates restaurant. A very successful TV career has come off the back of that and he’s become a well-known and in-demand presenter, as the presenter of Remarkable Places to Eat on the BBC, and and he also travels the world with Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo on ITV’s Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip series. Thank you to our sponsor Deliveroo for supporting us this season and helping us to bring the show to you every week. Don't forget to come and find us on Instagram and Tiktok @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Hi I’m Margie Nomura and welcome to another episode of our side side dish: The Dream Dinner Party. This is the mini episode where we invite a guest to tell us their dream dinner party. A returning guest today in the very lovely form of Tom Kerridge. I really truly appreciate so much how much thought the guests are putting into their answers and Tom was no exception. I think a lot of people would be behind Tom as Prime Minister! Tom's brilliant new book – Pub Kitchen – the ultimate modern British food bible is out this week and it’s a delicious collection of pub classics, with a twist that you can make at home. I’ve got a copy and it looks fantastic – despite being a Michelin starred chef, Tom's recipes are always so accessible and achieveable. But I do hope you enjoy today's episode and thank you so much or listening to the Dream Dinner Party. Buy Tom's book here. Find me on instagram @desertislanddishes Sign up to the newsletter Dinner Tonight here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.