Sue Nelson

The FoodTalk Show

The FoodTalk Radio Show was founded by Sue Nelson, former CEO of The Breakthrough Group, author of Foodtech UK and founder of TLA FoodTech. You can find out more about her here

The programme was launched in March 2016 to showcase food tech, food innovation and to promote artisan producers. 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. 

Sue 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 ProgrammeFarming 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.

FoodTalk guests

The show often has guest presenters such as Ollie Lloyd founder of Great British Chefs, Kumud Gandhi the Spice Queen and Holly Shackleton editor of Speciality Food Magazine. FoodTalk guests have included Craig Sams (Green & Blacks), Pippa Murray (Pip & Nut), Ali Campbell (UB40), Monika Brinton (Brindisa), William Chase (Tyrell's Crisps and Chase Vodka), Willie Harcourt-Cooze (Willie's Cacao), Sheila Dillon (The Food Programme), Tim Boldt (Gousto), Sam Clark (Moro), Patricia Michelson (La Fromagerie), Asma Kahn (Darjeeling Express), Sian Sutherland (Plastic Planet) and Adam Byatt (Celebrity MasterChef) amongst many others. 

Other guests have included the founders or directors of brands such as Cawston Press, Hackney Brewery, Doisy & Dam, Neal's Yard Dairy, Ten Acre, Hilltop Honey, Clonakilty Black Pudding, Black Cow Vodka, Blacksticks Blue, Belvoir Fruit Farms, Infinite Session, Primal Pantry, Moma, Snaffling Pig and Gusbourne Wines.

FoodTalk aims

We want to publicise and highlight the work of key figures in the food and drink sector in the UK. Particularly to discuss how they became successful and their thoughts on growing trends such as:

  • A general move to develop less industrialised food products.
  • A desire to produce healthier alternatives.
  • The search for ‘authentic’ foods with high quality ingredients.
  • The rise of ‘free from’ foods to counteract allergies and food intolerance and to accommodate ethical and religious constraints.
  • The desire to create more wholesome and healthy food at home, quickly and with the minimum amount of fuss and equipment.

The FoodTalk Show wants to showcase our national food heroes giving them the ‘airtime’ they deserve.

The programme's reach

The weekly podcast is uploaded onto this website as well as Stitcher, iTunes, Spotify, PodBean, Player FM, Tune In and the Podcast app, and sent to our syndicated radio stations on Thursday at 4pm.

All of our guests are featured on our FoodTalk and Speciality Food magazine social media feeds including Twitter and Facebook. This begins a week beforehand, and on the day of broadcast we profile our guests on food heroes, and depending on content, Great British Chefs and Speciality Food magazine too. More social media work follows post-broadcast.

As of December 2019:

  • 77,000 podcast downloads per year.
  • 65,000 listeners per week via syndicated radio stations across the UK, in California, Michigan and Malta.
  • 104,800 FoodTalk, Speciality Food and Great British Chefs followers on Twitter. 
  • 8,498 ABC circulation of Speciality Food magazine and 50,000 engaged email subscribers.

Our guests are entitled to use the relevant radio programme download in their publicity and receive artwork logos for "as featured on The FoodTalk Radio Show". 

Appearance criteria

For enquiries about free syndication or featuring on the show, please contact Please note that the decision to invite guests on the show is entirely at the discretion of the producer and presenter and is based on the back story and entertainment value of the interviewee. No fee is required to appear and no expenses or fees for appearances are given, nor do we accept any advertising revenue. The radio show is funded personally by Sue Nelson as a charitable endeavour to raise the profile of the UK food and drink sector. 

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