While podcasts have been around for nearly two decades now (where does the time go?), the ongoing restrictions and lockdowns over the past year have given many people more time and less distractions. As a result, podcasts have really come into their own, with around 18% of UK adults listening to a podcast in the average week[i].
As an agency with food at the heart of everything we do, there’s no surprise that we are a team of foodie podcast fanatics, who are always hungry to hear more. But, just like our preferences when it comes to food and drink itself, podcasts can be an acquired taste, and with hundreds to choose from, how do you pick the ones you want to listen to?
Here some of the Ceres team have shared their favourite foodie podcasts to help you decide…
Charlotte’s favourite podcast is…Table Manners
Charlotte says: “The Table Manners podcast with Jessie Ware is definitely my favourite listen! Jessie and her mum Lennie chat every week about life, culture and food and really make you feel like you’re part of their conversation rather than listening to a podcast. I find the podcast really funny, relatable and laid back, which makes it a really easy listen that I look forward to each week.
“They have a range of guests from celebrities like Fearne Cotton to health and fitness experts like Joe Wicks, meaning each episode is different and exciting whilst still maintaining a chatty, inviting style. Being rated the most popular arts and food podcast in the UK consistently on the iTunes Podcast Chart, I’m clearly not the only one choosing this as a favourite!”
Annie’s favourite podcast is… Off Menu
Annie explains why: “Each week, Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite a special guest to pick their favourite starter, main and dessert, and I love that it doesn’t always make sense! The dishes can come from different parts of the world and some of them might never be found together on the same menu in any restaurant, but the fun of this podcast is that it allows you to use your imagination. In a similarly creative fashion, the Off Menu podcast is delightfully lacking in a set structure as James Acaster and Ed Gamble often find themselves quite off topic.
“The dynamic duo have a natural back-and-forth when they dissect each guest’s choices, and they always manage to find a new joke to make about whether a guest picks still or sparkling water. In an episode which featured Anne-Marie, I think we were all left baffled when she described sparkling water as sour, but we were in simultaneous agreement about the perfection of a cream-cheese bagel. We’ve all had a moment where we’ve laughed at our friend’s latest, strange food invention or craving and, when James and Ed do the same with their guests, it makes you feel as though you are listening to a close-knit group of friends. I found this especially comforting during lockdown when I couldn’t see my friends in the usual way. You may not learn amazing new facts when listening to Off Menu, but it evokes a sense of familiarity which during recent times we have all been missing.”
Listen here: https://www.offmenupodcast.co.uk/episodes
[i] RAJAR Q2 ’20