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Author: Margie Nomura

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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 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 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 for more information.
I'm so excited that today Diana Henry is sharing her Desert Island Dishes with me. Diana is one of my favourite recipe writers and it was a total joy to sit down with her. Diana is a multi award-winning food writer, journalist, broadcaster and cook book author. Described as one of the most prolific recipe writers of a generation but also one of the most beloved.She is the Telegraph’s much-loved cookery writer, After a career as a tv producer - working for both the BBC and Channel 4 - Diana started writing about food after she had her first child.Through her work with the Telegraph she shares recipes each week for everything from speedy family dinners to special menus that friends will remember for months. She is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4, and her journalism and recipe books, including Simple and How to Eat a Peach, are multi-award-winning. A mother of two sons, Diana can satisfy even the fussiest of eaters.Yotam Ottolenghi, has said of her work: “Everything Diana Henry cooks I want to eat.” Whilst Nigella Lawson has said, “She can write a recipe for cucumbers with radishes, cherries and rose petals,” and “With another writer you wouldn’t trust it, but with Diana you want to give it a go because it feels both safe and inspiring.”Thank you very much to Deliveroo for sponsoring this episode of Desert Island Dishes. You can find out more about the brilliant work Deliveroo and the Trussell Trust are doing together at you for listening. If you've like to sign up for my brand new newsletter, here is the link: Cant wait to see you there! Margie x Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
If you were on your phone through lockdown, there is no doubt at all in my mind that you will have seen today’s guest across your screens teaching us how to make potatoes all kinds of delicious ways.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.She has said “I realized I’m not very fancy. I like very standard food. I like to pretend I like oysters. I don’t… I like eating potatoes and cream. That’s about it.”Really hope you enjoyed today's episode. Thank you so much to our sponsor Milk and More for making it possible. Don't forget you can get a whopping 30% off your first order by using the code DISH30 at checkout. Head to and get a little bit of doorstep magic today!See you next week!Margie Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Will is the founder of Deliveroo – the food delivery company he launched in 2013 with his childhood friend Greg Orlowski. After coming up with the idea for whilst working 100 hour weeks as an investment banker – the two friends seized on the opportunity to pair newly emerging technology with restaurants in order to enable people to order restaurant food straight to their door. A simple but genius idea that has seen Deliveroo grow to unicorn status and beyond and for Will to be known as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. He describes himself as just a normal guy whilst people who have worked with him and know him personally describe him as being gritty, calm and deliberate and most of all humble. This can be seen through the fact that Will can still regularly be found to be delivering food orders personally on his bike. Not something many CEO's would be found doing at this stage of their business. In 2022 Deliveroo partnered with the Trussell Trust and togteher they have provided 2 million meals and support to hundreds of thousands of people facing hunger in the UK.I really hope you enjoy today's episode, I loved getting the chance to speak to Will. It's not often you meet someone who is so incredibly successful but also so down to Earth and passionate about what they do. Thank you for listening, see you next week!Margie x Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
My guests todays are Henry Firth and Ian TheasbyBroadcasters, Sunday Times best sellers and vegan chefs extraordinaire, you may know them by their other name BOSH! The vegan food empire they’ve been growing for the last 7 years. From what began as a successful Youtube channel, these boys from Sheffield have now gone on to host their own ITV show, Living on the Veg and now have more than a million followers across their social media.They offer fans a refreshing no fuss approach to veganism and plant based living,Their debut cookbook has become one of the UK’s all time best sellers. Described as a powerful duo famed for their easy to follow recipe videos.Their most popular recipe video was viewed over 50 million times and their videos get over 25 million views a month.They’ve been called everything from the Bosh Boys, the Bosh Brothers, regardless of all that it is clear they are vegan superstars who have tapped into the culinary zeitgeist and conquered the virtual world.Their new cookbook is out now!Thank you so much for listening, see you next week for more Desert Island Dishes. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
My guest today is Millie MackintoshMillie first made her name as part of the original line up of made in chelsea in 2011. After 5 seasons she descided to embark on a career spanning from beauty to fashion, to lifestyle and fitness. She’s been in the public eye for over a decade – she’s a business woman, and health and wellness advocate – having been on the cover of Womens Health a whopping 4 times. Passiionate about good food, mental health and as now the mother of two young children she’s got a whole new perspective on what healthy means to her. Having amassed well over a million followers on social media, she’s had her own fashion and beauty lines, written a book and has her her own podcast.She if often described as a style icon, and was even described in one interview I came across as being a “bit like human berocca” which is quite possibly the best compliment I’ve ever come across. Thank you so much for listening. Do make sure you're subscribed wherever you listen to your podcasts so you dont miss an episode.See you next week! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Jimi is a writer, broadcaster and food critic. He is the chief restaurant critic for the Evening Standard, a regular guest judge on the BBC One series MasterChef and was also one of the judges on Channel 4’s The Great Cookbook Challenge with Jamie Oliver. In 2021, he won Restaurant Writer of the Year at both the Fortnum & Mason Awards and the Guild of Food Writers Awards and as an interviewer he has profiled Black African Londoners including Idris Elba, John Boyega and Skepta. He says the thing he loves most about writing about food is “Food is wordless communication. A way to be creative, clever or reference culture without speaking. I love being a conduit for that, trying to find the words so people can share the experience, almost taste the food.” And when you read his work, this is nothing but the truth with the way he has with words and transporting you to the setting about which he is writing, despite being on the tube or on your sofa.Thank you so much for listening. Thank you to Lloyds Bank for sponsoring us for this season of Desert Island Dishes. Come and find us on Instagram @desertislanddishes and sign up for the newsletter at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
My guest today is Ravinder BhogalKenyan born, raised in the UK by Indian parents, Ravinder Bhogal is one of the UK’s most successful food writers, restaurateurs and chefs. Calling her food and menus “proudly inauthentic”, Ravinder’s work and food spans flavours and culinary traditions from the Asia, The Middle East, East Africa and Britain – celebrating the idea of immigrant cuisine.She opened her first restaurant Jikoni in Marylebone in 2016 and it quickly became a roaring success, collecting culinary accolades, such as being placed in the Michelin Guide within its first year as well as collecting regular clients with whom Ravinder and team get to know well – giving the restaurant a real neighbourhood feel.Ravinder’s latest book comes from a lockdown idea, where her and her husband began making meals for front-line workers in London, named Comfort & Joy. This book, also named Comfort & Joy, is a glorious collection of vegetarian/vegan recipes that celebrate eating in a vegetable forward way that is easy and accessible to all.Thank you so much for listening, do let us know what you thought of today's episode. Find us on instagram @desertislanddishesAnd dont forget to subscribe to the newsletter at www.desertislanddishes.coThank you to our sponsor Lloyds Bank and thank you so much for listening, See you next week! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
My guest today is Claire Thompson otherwise known as the 5 o’clock apron.Claire is a chef, food writer and the author of 8 cookery books. Her writing is focused around the idea of creating proper food for modern families. And she aims for her food to Inspire but it’s also down to earth enough not to be intimidating She was born and raised in Zimbabwe and Botswana and over many generations her family has had a deep connection with Africa, she returned to London at the age of 8 beofre heading to deepest darkest Shropshire aged 10 for her teenage years. She says she got the cooking bug on a trip to Sydney in her early twenties and then spent her twenties working in restaurants, even setting up her own, the Flinty Red in Bristol with her husband who is also a chef. Hope you love today's episode, let us know what you think. Thank you to Lloyds for sponsoring today's episode. And thank you for listening! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Amelia is the founder of the Bold Bean Co. She’s on a mission to make us all obsessed with beans by bringing us the best of beans.She launched the business officially in 2021 following what she describes as a bean epiphany in Spain when she decided that the UK both needed and deserved better beans. Amelia is also passionate about sustainability and sees beans as the future of food.Now listed in Selfridges, Waitrose and Planet Organic (as well as numerous independent shops and online outlets), Bold Beans are taking the food world by storm. Through targeting and working with influential chefs, cooks and food writers, they’re creating a community of bean lovers who are passionate about sharing their products. Supporters include Ottolenghi Test Kitchen, MOB, Melissa Hemsley, Laura Jackson and Joe Woodhouse, and Sheila Dillon interviewed Amelia on Radio 4’s The Food Programme as part of a two-episode special on beans.On top of all this, Bold Bean are about to release its first cookbook, which you can buy here! Thank you to our sponsor Lloyds Bank 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 for more information.
My guest today is David Gandy.After winning a televised modelling competition at the age of 21 he went on to become the world’s first and most successful male supermodel. David’s big break came in 2007 in the form of his first Dolce & Gabbana campaigns, which saw him become a global sensation overnight when the iconic image of him wearing tiny white trunks in a boat in Capri shot by Mario Testino appeared on a 50ft billboard in Times Square. He still fronts this Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue campaign today, as well as working with the biggest brands and names in the industry, from high fashion to high street. A style icon, family man, vintage car aficionado and now founder of his eponymous brand, David Gandy Wellwear.His university housemate secretly entered a photo of him into a competition on This Morning to win a modelling contract and all these years later, things don’t seem to be slowing down for him either. Between modelling being a father of 2 and his own line, he says that he has always treated his career as a business and has learned his biggest lessons from supermodels such as Christy Turlington and Kate Moss.Despite the pressures to be in incredible shape, David has always said he eats a mix of foods and in moderation, staying away from ultra processed foods and he spent lockdown whipping up delicious meals in his mother-in-law’s big Le Creuset pot. Thank you so much to our sponsor Lloyds Bank and thank you to you all for listening!Do hope you enjoy todays episode. Dont forget you can find us on Instagram @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
You may know Emma from her work as a model and TV presenter - she is afterall one of the most experienced and versatile broadcasters in the UK. Across her incredible career, Emma has presented juggernaut shows such as Big Brother for six series, The Circle , and Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. Alongside her radio and reality television credentials, Emma was not only a a contestant on The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C last year, but she went on to win it. In 2019, she trained and qualified as a Maternity Care Assistant for the television show series Delivering Babies and now In 2023, Emma continues to present The Voice and and Cooking with the Stars on ITV. Whilst she hasn't made her name in the world of food it has played an important part in her career and food is a real passion of hers. Emma returns to our screen with the next series of Cooking with the Stars on the 4th July at 9pm on ITV.Thank you to our sponsor Llloyds Bank and thank you so much for listening!If you dont already, come and follow us on Instagram and Tiktok @desertislandishes and subscribe to our newsletter at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Sophie is a cook and recipe developer. Her passion for food shines through and we love to hear that on Desert Island Dishes. We talk all thing sandwiches, whether it's worth going to cookery school, life in a restaurant and why pies are the greatest.After deciding to embark on a career in food while in her final year at university, she then trained at the world-famous Leith’s before working as a food stylist and as a chef at Quo Vadis. She made a name for herself in the world of food as Head of Food at Mob, the online food magazine. And has since gone on to host supper clubs, a podcast and having amassed a loyal army of followers, she took the leap to go freelance last year.Sophie says her food represents comfort first and foremost…Thank you to our sponsor Lloyds Bank 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 and find Sophie @sophiewyburd Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
John is one of the food world’s most recognisable faces. He grew up in Melbourne, Australia, starting his career in the world of food at the age of 16.He credits his love of food and passion for cooking to his grandmother, who raised him from the age of 4. After apprenticeships at some of Melbourne’s best restaurants, he moved to the UK in the 1990s, where he quickly made a name for himself. He worked his way up from a sous chef at Quaglino’s and he’s had his own hugely successful restaurants, the likes of Smiths and The Luxe.He first appeared on ITV‘s This Morning in 1996 and became a household name as the co-host of Masterchef in 2005 which will enter its 20th season next year. He’s written numerous best-selling cookbooks and made a whole host of award-winning TV shows and was honoured in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2022 for outstanding services to food, broadcasting and charity.Thank you to our sponsor Lloyds Bank 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 for more information.
Twiggy is one of those rare celebrities known by a single name.She was the girl from Neasden, north London who became the face of the swinging sixties. With her petite frame at just 5ft 6 Twiggy smashed the stereotypes of what it meant to be a supermodel. Her pixie hair cut and wide eyes will forever be iconic. As the model of her age she was propelled into the glamorous world of fashion and photography and later she found success as a singer, dancer and actress. She starred in Ken Russell’s film The boyfriend – a performance for which she won not one by two golden globes. In 1983 her talents took her to Broadway for her debut in the musical My One and Only.She is a wife, mother, grandmother and of course fellow podcaster. She has said of her many successes “ I think I’ve had a brilliant career. And more importantly I’ve had a very happy life.”Listen to Twiggy's podcast Tea with Twiggy wherever you get your podcasts.Thank you to our sponsor Lloyds Bank for supporting us this season and for helping us to bring the show to you this weekDon't forget to come and find us on Instagram and Tiktok @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Max is a champion of the low waste and sustainable lifestyle. He’s a chef, presenter and award-winning author and has been described as a bona fide millennial heartthrob. His recipe content and food shows have been seen by over 1 billion people.He talks to Margie about why the best sandwich are painful to eat and his choice of his last supper might surprise you! What would you pick? I know it's a very hard question to answer but it's also impossible not to think about your own choices.Max has been plant-based since 2011 and says his biggest ambition has always been making sure his recipes are accessible to everyone without being at all preachy about being vegan. Through his viral recipe videos and work with BBC Earth and beyond, Max has inspired hundreds of thousands of people across the world to rethink their approach to food consumption and made it his mission to breathe new life into leftovers that are typically destined for the bin. The son of a French chef father and a mother of Italian heritage, food was very important to them as a family when he was growing up. In the early days of his career, he supported himself by cooking everywhere from pizzerias to Michelin-starred restaurants and it was this ultimately that led him to challenge his own values.Max has got a new cookbook out now called You can Cook This which you can buy here.Thank you to our sponsor Lloyds Bank for supporting us this season and thank you to this week's episode sponsor, St Pierre Bakery, for helping us to bring the show to you this weekDon't forget to come and find us on Instagram and Tiktok @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Annoushka's mother had a business selling fish to all the top restaurants in London and it was this business that accidentally set Annoushka onto the path to become one of the most successful jewellers in the UK. Annoushka does not believe she's a good cook but you really wouldn't know that from her delicious choices of dishes.Annoushka Ducas MBE is a jewellery designer, creative director and entrepreneur who founded British jewellery companies Links of London and Annoushka Jewellery.After studying in Paris in the 1980s, Annoushka embarked on the first of many extensive world travels, stopping to spend time in Hong Kong, where she first began to design jewellery.In 1990, together with her husband, she founded Links of London – a global luxury jewellery brand. In 2009, she went on to launch the brand Annoushka Jewellery. Annoushka enjoys a star-studded fan base that includes the likes of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Middleton.In 2012, Annoushka was awarded an (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to the British jewellery industry, which spans three decades. In 2019 she launched the Brilliant Breakfast which generates money for disadvantaged young women and girls in the UK. It’s raised over 2 million to date and is the only annual fundraiser dedicated to enabling disadvantaged young women in the UK.Thank you to our sponsor Lloyds Bank for supporting us and helping us to bring the show to you each week.Don't forget to come and find us on Instagram and Tiktok @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Jessie is a French biochemist, bestselling author, and founder of the Glucose Goddess movement. She's helped millions of people improve their health by making cutting-edge science accessible. Her whole philosophy is one that focuses on the idea of adding things to your life and not taking them away. She’s very clear that she doesn’t advocate a certain type of diet, her whole focus is on the science and that actually the biggest benefit can be found in changing the order in which we eat.  Her book, the Glucose Revolution, is a #1 international bestseller and has been translated into 40 languages.She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from King's College London and a master's degree in biochemistry from Georgetown University.Jessie has said she didn’t set out to change the world, her whole story is a very personal one based on her own journey with her mental health following a life-changing accident she had at the age of 19Thank you to our sponsor Lloyds Bank for supporting us and helping us to bring the show to you each week.Don't forget to come and find us on Instagram and Tiktok @desertislanddishes Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Sophie Ellis-Bexter is a double platinum selling artist. She started out as the lead singer of indie band the audience at the age of 17. She shot to fame with her single with Groovejet which earned her her first number 1. Since then she’s gone on to release 6 studio and 2 compilation albums, written a memoir, went on Strictly come dancing, appeared in Game of Thrones, launched her own podcast, wrote a cookbook with her husband and Kept everyone dancing during lockdown with weekly discos streamed live from her kitchen. Shes acheieved all this and much more whilst also being the mother of 5 boys. In 2021 she did a 24 hour kitchen disco danceathon with raised over a million pounds for Children in Need. I am thrilled to have the undisputed queen of lockdown with us today, thank you so much for listening. To enter the brilliant competition we have with The Garden Trading Company, where you can win £250 to spend on their site, simply click here to enter here. Good Luck!Thank you to our sponsor Lloyds Bank for helping us to bring the podcast to you each week.See you next week! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
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