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The BBC Food and Farming Awards 2021 - Second Course

Dec 5 • 28:22
Sheila Dillon presents more stories of the winners of the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2021, which celebrates the people across the UK who've changed lives for the better, through food and drink. We meet Countryfile's Young Countryside Champion and The One Show’s Community Food Champion, as well as the winners of the Best Streetfood or Takeway and Farming Today's Farming fo...

Food and Farming AwardsFood and Farming Awards 2021 - First Course

Nov 30 • 29:14

Cookbooks of 2021

Nov 21 • 28:56
What are the books that the presenters of Radio 4's The Food Programme have been relishing this year? You are about to find out.

In this episode, Sheila, Dan, Jaega and Leyla get together at 'Books for Cooks' in London's Notting Hill to share their favourite titles; the ones that have made them think, that have inspired them to get creative, and have simply filled them wit...

Best Shop or Market of the Year: Meet the Finalists

Nov 14 • 27:42
Leyla Kazim visits 2021’s Best Shop or Market finalists in the 20th BBC Food and Farming Awards – a food co-op, rural farm shop and city market which are going the extra mile to support local food production and their communities. We meet the teams behind these three outstanding retailers, which are providing boundary-pushing models for the future by trying to create alte...

COP26: The Case for Cattle and Pigs.

Nov 7 • 28:41

Veg Invention: The stories of new kinds of fruit and vegetables

Oct 31 • 28:49
Seed breeders spend whole careers in search of that perfect fruit or vegetable, and some even come up with their own completely new designs. Think Tenderstem, Cotton Candy grapes, or a new type of cauliflower that's just started being sold: Caulishoots.

In this programme, Leyla Kazim finds out what goes into creating these new varieties, what breeders, growers and supermar...

A Personnel Problem: What's the solution to hospitality's staffing crisis?

Oct 24 • 28:42
The hospitality sector has a problem: it just can't get the staff.

Businesses from bars to hotels are facing a massive worker shortage, as job vacancies in the sector hit their highest levels since records began. Last month, in an open letter to the government, various hospitality professionals warned that the sector was “close to imploding” because of acute labour shortage...

Follow the Money: Investor power and the Future of Food

Oct 17 • 28:43
Dan Saladino finds out how groups of influential investors are using the trillions of dollars they control to shape the future of food.
It's argued that it is their decisions, not those of governments which will determine if we can solve the biggest challenges we're facing, from climate change to obesity.

These funds, including our savings and pensions, are invested in th...

Best Food Producer of the Year: Meet the Finalists

Oct 10 • 28:55
What does it take to bring home the title of Best Food Producer in the Food and Farming Awards 2021?

This year, Sheila Dillon and chef Angela Hartnett visit a local nose-to-tail butchery, a community cooperative farm and an enterprise employing ex-offenders to make delicious pasties and pies.

H.M.Pasties was set up by Lee Wakeham to ‘bring out the good inside’ by employ...

Oz Clarke: A Life Through Wine

Oct 3 • 28:04
Oz Clarke, the popular man of wine, has enjoyed success in wine writing and broadcasting for four decades. First appearing on our screens on BBC2’s Food and Drink in the 1980s, he helped lead a wine drinking revolution in Britain.

Visiting Oz to share a glass or two from his collection, Jaega Wise hears about his varied career and lifelong passion for wine, as well as how ...

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