Lets hear it for radio…


Now, I enjoy watching a good cookery show on TV as much as the next man, or that is I used to. It seems to me that hardly a day goes by without yet another food program hitting our screens: from ‘Cake Boss’ and ‘Master Chef’ to ‘Gordon behind bars’.

It’s easy to see why television producers are keen to fill our screens with food. The Hairy Bikers latest BBC2 series ‘Hairy Dieters’ attracted more than 2.5 million viewers, even when competing with the London Olympics.

My problem is, that much of today’s food television is about celebrities and sensation rather than substance. So with some notable exceptions, I’ve started giving cookery shows on television a miss.

So what’s an entertainment hungry foodie to do? If like me you’re looking for humour, inspiration and a splash of knowledge, look no further than your radio.

‘The Kitchen Cabinet’

The Kitchen Cabinet, BBC Radio 4’s culinary panel show is a case in point. Aimed at anyone who cooks, not just the experts, it’s witty, fast-moving and irreverent, but packed full of information that may well change the way you think about cooking.

Hosted by Jay Rayner, the show also features guests such as:

  • Peter Barham – the food scientist and consultant to Heston Blumenthal and Noma in Copenhagen (which some consider to be the best restaurant in the world)
  • Tim Hayward – acclaimed food critic, writer, and broadcaster
  • Rachel McCormack – the Glaswegian cook who is also an expert on Catalan cooking
  • Allegra McEvedy – chef, food writer and regular on Radio 4’s Loose Ends

The show is broadcast from a new location each week, where a studio audience of food enthusiasts have the opportunity to ask anything and everything to do with food and cookery. This results in plenty of good-humoured and often fascinating conversation.

So why not switch off your TV and have a listen. Both series one and two are available to download from the BBC website


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