The FoodTalk Show, Food Radio Broadcaster of the Year 2021

Where you can listen to The FoodTalk Show

You can listen on this website (obv) on your computer or any of the following using the links below

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Susie Warran-Smith and The FoodTalk Show

The FoodTalk Radio Show was founded by Susie Warran-Smith (formerly 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. 

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 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.

Susie's co-presenter, AJ Sharp, food expert

Susie's new co-presenter is AJ Sharp, who is passionate about great tasting sustainable food and drink. AJ is an entrepreneur, a food writer, food judge and a broadcaster. Her mission is to help good businesses to grow, by telling their story. AJ knows good food, she has been a judge for the Great Taste Awards for six years and is a member of the Guild of Food Writers.

AJ started her career in hospitality, managing several restaurants before moving to London. She worked her way up to being one of the youngest directors of a top F&B PR agency at just 26. But it was the start-ups and SMEs that always captivated AJ’s attention, the people who had an interesting story to tell. It was these businesses where she felt she could have a huge impact on their success, so she founded Sharp Relations.

AJ founded Sharp Relations in 2010, and today it is one of the UK’s leading PR & Communications agencies for food & drink brands.  The agency is multi-award-winning, offering big brand thinking to ambitious F&B businesses. The ever-growing team of talented creatives are passionate about great tasting sustainable food and drink, and always friendly and extremely supportive, meeting each client exactly where they are on their journey.

You can read more about AJ here.

Susie's co-presenter, Jane Peyton, drink expert

Susie's main co-presenter is Jane Peyton, founder of the School of Booze, the UK’s first accredited pommelier, and the instigator and driving force of Beer Day Britain, the UK’s annual national beer day. She is an award-winning drinks educator, writer, broadcaster, pub expert, and public speaker, and the author of nine non-fiction books including The Philosophy of Gin, and Drink:  A Tippler’s Miscellany. A regular guest on radio and television, talking about a wide range of alcohol subjects, Jane is also an ambassador for Love British Food, the national campaign to promote British food.

FoodTalk guests

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), Mitch Tonks (RockFish) 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 going live every Monday at 5pm.

All of our guests are featured on our FoodTalk and social media feeds including Twitter and Instagram. This begins a week beforehand, and on the day of broadcast we profile our guests on food heroes.

As of April 2022 there are 124,000 listeners per week via trackable downloads and syndicated radio stations across the UK. 

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 radio station syndication or featuring on the show, please contact our producer Simon on 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 Susie Warran-Smith as a charitable endeavour to raise the profile of the UK food and drink sector. 

The official FoodTalk partner

Susie is currently Chair of the food group Produced in Kent, the official partners of the show. 

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