Episode 4 - 28 Aug '19

Live from Universal Cookery and Food Festival (UCFF)

On Tuesday 25th June 2019 we went to the Universal Cookery and Food Festival (UCFF - a Craft Guild of Chefs event) to interview speakers and visitors. It's a lovely event aimed at chefs and has a relaxed festival atmosphere. We spoke to Nigel Barden, Kuba Winkowski, Pervin Todiwala, Anjula Devi and many more.

In this podcast, we bring you closer to the action from the festival and highlight some of the most topical issues facing chefs right now.

We kick-started our day by chatting to Andrew Green to get insight into why this was such a special event. Nigel Barden also shares his thoughts on why this field to fork event is so inspiring for all chefs and highlights his view on some of today's food trends.

One of the highlights of the day was watching the mums in the kitchen demo and straight after they came off stage we caught up with chefs, Pervin Todiwala, Anne Harnan and Miranda and Isabella Godfrey to get their views on what it's like to be a woman working in hospitality. These inspiring chefs share their thoughts on cooking in schools, being a working mum, branding and supporting each other as an industry. You will feel very inspired after hearing the brand story of talented chef Anjula Devi and learning about the work she does to engage young people in cooking.

Next to feature on this podcast was National Chef of the Year winner, Kuba Winkowski who spoke to us before going on stage. He also gave us insight into what it's been like since winning the Craft Guild of Chefs' title and his hopes for the future of the industry. We loved hearing his top tips for those looking to come into hospitality. It was also fantastic to hear from LACA School Chef of the Year winner, Steven Cross who was visiting the festival for some inspiration to take back to his own kitchen.

Our first guest on the podcast, Simon Stenning also made an appearance at the festival to see the trends on show and catch up with industry friends. He was looking forward to hearing more about game which he believes consumers will be eating more of in the future. 

Billie Moore, who organises the festival with her McCullough Moore team on behalf of the Craft Guild of Chefs, tells us more about the history of the event and the plans for the future. Make sure you check out where next year's event is set to be hosted over the coming months as it really is a great day out for everyone working in the industry.

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