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About Susie Warran-Smith

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.

What do vinegar and crackers have in common?

Susie and AJ admit they don’t really know anything about fermentation and yet it underpins so much of the foodie…

Farm Farming Today

Farming? Sometimes it’s a game of trial and error

Farming is a science, coupled with some trial and error and a good deal of experimentation (naturally, the weather plays…


Doggie desserts for your pampered pooch

Dog ice cream is a thing apparently and all the rage with our pampered pooches. So this week we’re catching…


From McDonald’s to making plant-based burger sauces

How did Biff Bloom Burrows go from working in McDonald’s to making plant-based burger sauces? And just what is jack…


Swipe right: Tinder for the food sector

AJ and Susie meet Katy Cox and Floortje Hoette (Flo for short) this week where they discuss the merits of…


Bringing the flavours of other countries to Kent

We have a new presenter today, taste expert, AJ Sharp, and two wonderful guests who have both managed to take…


How to make the perfect cup of breakfast tea

Jane and Susie welcome two tea experts on The Food Talk Show this week – Nick Gandon of Reginald Ames…


English whisky versus Scottish whisky: Is it a worthy opponent?

Scotland has a glorious history of whisky making; it’s romantic, almost magical and definitely world-class. In this episode of the…


A pinch of salt: Just how much do we need?

Susie and Jane admit that they don’t really know anything about salt, except that our bodies need it… but not…


Why everyone’s talking about Folkestone

Susie and Jane chat to the inspirational James Lawrence in this week’s episode of the Food Talk Show. He explains…


Top level taste: How to get a 3-Star Great Taste Award

Jane and Susie have two wonderful guests this week on The Food Talk Show – AJ Sharp and Stu MacDonald….


Food Talk: Bread that is oh so special

In this week’s episode of The Food Talk Show, presenter Sue Nelson travels to Margate to meet the lovely people…


Meet the makers: Bird-friendly coffee and guilt-free chocolate

Coffee is a big deal in Ollie’s world, so Guy Wilmot from Bird & Wild Coffee is under pressure to…


Food Talk Show: How to serve up spice

There’s a spicy atmosphere in the studio this week and for once, it’s got nothing to do with Ollie’s shirts….


Back to basics: Cooking from scratch and using salt properly

Our first guest, Rosalind Rathouse, hails from South Africa originally but her mission is not an exotic one. As the…


Can a bakery put bread at the centre of the table again?

Lovingly Artisan Bakery has a mission to return bread to the centre of the table. Baker Aidan Monks makes incredible…