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Stories on

our plate

Stories on our Plate dives deep into Thanet’s diverse culinary culture and meets the people who dedicate themselves to food, capturing the sounds and stories of some of our most passionate local chefs, food producers, authors, home cooks and growers. 

Hosted by Laura Nickoll - an editor, food and restaurant writer, and if she’s not cooking food, she’s eating it, sharing it, writing about it, helping others write about it, or dreaming about it. A member of the Guild of Food Writers and judge for the Great Taste Awards, she is also contributing author to the ‘Where Chefs Eat’ restaurant guides and ‘The Science of Spice’, and co-author of ‘The Vegan Kitchen’.



real voices

Laura Nickoll



Women In Food

In a series of conversations, reflections and recollections, we explore their relationship with food and the pleasures of growing, making, eating and feeding others: tune in to hear Chetna Makan sharing how to make perfect rice, come with us as we talk to allotment growers, dig up something delicious and cook it together, tease out culinary tips and tricks from some of the region's best chefs and delve into how food shapes our past, present and future. 

Rachel O'Sullivan

Ep. 5
Rachel O'Sullivan 

In this, the last episode of the Women in Food series, Laura talks to the incredible Rachel O’Sullivan. With a wealth of experience as a head chef at numerous internationally renowned restaurants, Rachel shares her culinary journey from Melbourne to London. Her current menus are out of this world and can be ordered on her Instagram page (@rakookoo) absolutely delicious. .

Ep. 4
Kate De Syllas

In this episode of our Women in Food series, Laura join's chef and restaurateur Kate de Sylass at Hantverk and Found, her HQ and one of the first places on the Margate food scene, where – during lockdown – she’s been making sensational Japanese food (if you haven’t tried her takeout sushi, you must now). Join us as she tells me about coming to the seaside, her passion for wine, her recent adventures in Japan, and and teaches me how to cook perfect sushi rice. recipe.

Ep. 3 
Bottega Caruso

In this episode in our Women in Food series, we pull up a stool in Simona and Harry’s tiny kitchen at Bottega Caruso in Margate’s Old Town. As many listeners will know, the restaurant they opened two and a half years ago has become a destination for anyone seeking the true flavours of Italy’s Campania region, with people travelling thousands of miles to try Simona’s greens and beans, homemade pasta dishes, and the legendary tomato sauce made on her family’s farm. Listen in as Simona teaches Laura how to make Cavatelli and tells her about pasta-making matriarchs, how a future in translation morphed into a future in food, and about that fateful day they were reviewed for a national newspaper. Click here for the recipe.

Ep. 2 
Eady Timms

Eady Timms joins me to talk pop-ups, catering college, fermentation, veganism and how she started up what’s now a flourishing takeout food business. Listen in as we make her popular vegan fritters and a seasonal slaw. Here's her recipe.

Ep. 1 
Chetna Makan

Chetna (local author and baker extraordinaire), invites us into her kitchen to talk food. In the six years since she reached the semi-final of Great British Bake Off with her creative bakes, she’s written four cookbooks – her latest being Healthy Indian Vegetarian –and launched a phenomenally successful YouTube cookery channel, Food with Chetna. 

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