Five tastes we’ve developed and why we should savour them

By Susie Warran-Smith
21st November 2022
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This week’s show is all about umami flavours or savouriness which is one of the five basic food tastes.

Foods that have a strong umami flavour include meats, shellfish, anchovies, soy sauce, marmite and strong cheese.

AJ and Susie talk to Adam Sopher who makes popcorn with interesting umami flavour combinations including Irish stout and cheese on toast. What?! Harry Turpin is also in the studio with his umami Crunchits.

About the Food Talk Show:



The FoodTalk Radio Show was founded by Susie Warran-Smith, former CEO of The Breakthrough Group, author of Foodtech UK and founder of TLA FoodTech. You can find out more about her at The programme was launched in March 2016 to showcase food tech, food innovation and to promote artisan producers and growers. Food and drink experts from around the country also discuss the latest trends in everything from distribution and delivery, to taste profiles and tech innovation. Susie has appeared on nearly every national radio programme in the UK from the Today programme and Jeremy Vine to Radio 4’s The Food Programme and Farming Today. She was formerly CEO of NW Fine Foods and has been a regular guest on television programmes as diverse as Radio 4’s The Food Programme, Farming Today and The Culture Show. She has also featured on every TV news channel in the UK as well as numerous radio programmes interviewed by the likes of Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Snow, Tony Wilson, Gordon Burns, Kirsty Young, Sir Trevor McDonald and even Ann Widdecombe and Edwina Currie. She is obsessed by great food and its provenance and has been a food writer for Speciality Food magazine, Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life. She is also author of the NW Fine Food Guide with Simon Rimmer of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.