Cooking Tips and Chef Interviews

olive magazine podcast: meet the experts

Whether you want to learn how to make pasta like a pro or perfect your BBQ skills, here are our best chef and producer interviews to inspire you in the kitchen

Want to learn more about vinegar? Looking for what to grow in your garden? We’ve chatted to experts and chefs across the country who all share their insider tips in cooking, butchery, cheese making and beyond. 

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Maunika Gowardhan – how to perfect Indian cooking

Maunika chats about her fascinating journey to a career in food writing and shares some of the secrets she’s learnt along the way. We find out why cooking onions properly is the Holy Grail of Indian cookery, how to balance dishes with different souring agents and why you don’t need cream to add richness to a dish.

Maunika Gowardhan

Genevieve Taylor – raising your BBQ game

Gen is a cook, author and expert in cooking over fire and talks about budget and blowout equipment, correct technique, the best fuel to use and some really inventive ways to cook with veggies this summer, including a brilliant BBQ carrot salad.

Geneveive Taylor

Matt Hill from Cobble Lane Cured – a deep-dive into British charcuterie

Matt Hill, co-founder of British charcuterie specialist Cobble Lane Cured, talks about curing meat, covering his career in butchery, why ’nduja is the ultimate zero-waste ingredient (make your own ‘nduja with our recipe), and some tips on making, buying and storing salami.

'Nduja Sausage Recipe

Shivi Ramoutar – how your freezer can revolutionise your life

Shivi has written a new book, The Ice Kitchen, which aims to show you how to use your freezer to revolutionise your cooking and eating habits. Here, she talks about freezing as a way to make the most of seasonality and avoid waste and why everyone needs a freezer filing system.

Shivi Ramoutar

Lucy Hall, editor of Gardeners’ Worldhow to make the most of your kitchen garden

Lucy returns to the podcast to share her tips on making the most of your kitchen garden during lockdown. She talks about how you can grow in any size space, even if you only have window boxes or pots and gives some great hacks, including how to keep supermarket growing herbs alive and sustainable pest control without using damaging chemicals.

Grow your own

Romy Gill – cooking vegan and the growth of regional Indian food in the UK

British-Indian chef and Ready Steady Cook star, Romy Gill talks to us about how Indian food and veganism are natural partners.

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Gennaro Contaldo – a masterclass in pasta making

You might not be able to visit Italy, but chef Gennaro Contaldo invited us to his East London home for a lesson in pasta making, plus he indulges us in some armchair escapism with his guide to the Amalfi Coast.

A bowl of fresh pasta with tomato sauce and a man holding a stick

Lucy Hall from Gardeners’ World – how to enjoy your garden all year round

Spending lots of time in your garden? Learn how to look after it through the seasons with tips for pruning, planting and protecting garden wildlife.

A box of homegrown quinces

Josh Niland – fish butchery and how it will change the way we eat

Get a lesson in sustainability with chef Josh Niland as he talks to us about the unusual subject of fish butchery. You’ll also find out why his book may change the way we consume fish completely on its head.

Josh Niland Holding a giant fish

Elizabeth Haigh – Singaporean food and drink

Travel to Singapore from your sofa with chef Elizabeth Haigh’s stories and find out what inspired her to join the world of food in the first place.

A flat lay of a table spread with food including chicken and rice

US food writer Alison Roman – fuss-free food

Want to become a viral recipe sensation? American food writer, Alison Roman tells us about how she became an internationally acclaimed recipe writer and cookbook author, plus how to achieve her lo-fi cooking style yourself at home.

One Pot Chicken Recipe with Lemon and Dates

James Whetlor – why we should all be eating more goat

Escape to a farm via your earphones as James Whetlor talks to us about the goat world, and why we should all be eating more of this ethical meat. Try making goat ragu with our easy recipe.

Goat Ragu Recipe with Orecchiette Pasta served in2 round pasta dishes with a high grating of parmesan

Bob Curbishley – expert guide to vinegar and why it’s such a storecupboard star

Thought you knew your balsamic from your red wine in the world of vinegar? Think again! Bob Curbishley, product specialist at Belazu talks to us about the varieties of vinegar and new ideas for how to use them.

Belazu Vinegars

Author Niki Segnit – the secrets behind her success (and why lardy cakes are good for you!)

Making your way through your stack of cookbooks? Find out why The Flavour Thesaurus and Lateral Cooking should be top of your list as author Niki Segnit shares the secrets behind her success.

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Sticky Iced Buns Recipe with Coconut

Josh Katz – perfecting your BBQ skills

BBQ-ing at home this spring? Chef Josh Katz shares his tips for cooking meat and veggies on the grill, including his legendary cauliflower shawarma recipe which you can try for yourself here.

Cauliflower Shawarma Recipe With Pomegranate, Tahini and Pine Nuts