Borough Market’s Borough Talk Series 2016

Having Borough Market just a short walk from our Bankside restaurant, the team and chefs love wandering through on market days to grab a quick bite or get some inspiration for staff lunch ideas.

I’m a huge fan of Borough Market’s series of talks they programme each year and this season is no exception. What to expect when you go along? You get to listen to producers, traders, journalists and activists discuss a variety of topics that are currently driving the news agenda and creating buzz in the UK food scene. The bonus is that the ticket price also includes a glass of wine and food tasters from a selection of Borough Market traders.

Catching my eye this season is the inclusion of the ‘In Conversation’ series with Claudia Roden and Pierre Koffmann. Each will each spend an evening on stage at Borough Market, being interviewed in depth about their life and work. So best book out those dates in mid and the end June.

Here’s the full season. Best get booking as tickets sell out very quickly!

Dates and topics:

Tuesday 10th May
You are what you eat: What shapes our food choices?

Borough Market's Borough Talk Series 2016

What are the factors that shape what and how we eat? Is our choice of dinner an expression of cultural heritage and social status? Our panel will discuss the influence of advertising, design, nostalgia, family traditions and self-image on culinary choices.

Moderator: Sybil Kapoor  The multi-award winning food writer and broadcaster whose influential cookbooks include Simply British and Taste. Her latest book is Simply Veg: A Modern Guide to Everyday Eating.

Panel to include:

BEE WILSON Food writer, historian and regular contributor to The Guardian, The New York Times and The London Review of Books. Her most recent book, First Bite, explores how our eating habits come to be formed in childhood.

OLIA HERCULES Trained chef, food stylist and writer whose highly acclaimed debut book Mamushka takes inspiration from her childhood in Ukraine.

PATRICE DE VILLIERS One of the world’s most creative and in-demand food photographers, whose Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables campaign for Intermarché won five D&AD design awards in 2015.

JAMES LOWE The chef behind Lyle’s in Shoreditch, whose produce-led British food has won considerable plaudits. He was previously head chef at St John Bread & Wine and one of the founders of the Young Turks chef collective.

Buy tickets for 10th May here

Tuesday 7th June
The secrets of a successful food start up

Borough Market's Borough Talk Series 2016

What does it take to create a successful food business in modern Britain? Our panel will discuss the problems and pleasures of building a business from the ground up, from restaurants and pop-ups to social enterprises, and explode some of the myths around start-ups.

Moderator: Sybil Kapoor

Panel to include:

JENNY COSTA Founder of Rubies in the Rubble, a social enterprise that creates preserves, pickles and chutneys using perfectly good fruit and veg that would otherwise be discarded.

BONNIE CHUNG Former food blogger and secret supper club pioneer who in 2014 launched Miso Tasty, a brand dedicated to making authentic Japanese miso available to UK consumers.

JORDAN FRIEDA Italian food obsessive and co-owner of two highly-regarded London restaurants: Trullo in Highbury and Padella, which serves up exceptional pasta dishes here in Borough Market.

CLAIRE PTAK Food stylist, writer and owner of the east London bakery Violet. Her cookbooks include The Violet Bakery Cookbook, Sweets, Candy & Chocolates and a co-credit for Leon: Baking & Desserts.

Buy tickets for 7th June here

Tuesday 5th July
Coming together: Can food be a force for change?

Borough Market's Borough Talk Series 2016

Can food be a catalyst for political and social change? Can a shared love of food transform lives and regenerate communities? Our panel will discuss the transformative power of food, from tackling waste to seeding new businesses over a bowl of soup.

Moderator: Sybil Kapoor

Panel to include:

TRISTRAM STUART Campaigner, author and founder of the charity Feedback, which works to combat food waste. Tristram recently launched Toast Ale, a beer made from surplus bread.

ROSIE BOYCOTT Chair of the London Food Board and food advisor to the Mayor of London. Former editor of The Independent and The Daily Express and co-founder of Spare Rib.

ARTHUR KAY Designer and entrepreneur, founder of bio-bean—a clean technology company that uses a patented process to recycle waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels.

ROBERTA SIAO Brazilian chef who oversees the kitchen at Mazí Mas—a pop-up restaurant and social enterprise that works to empower women from migrant and refugee communities.

Buy tickets for 5th July here

Tuesday 20th September
Pariahs to pioneers: The changing face of British food

Borough Market's Borough Talk Series 2016

Once famed for its bad cooking, Britain is now one of the most open, exciting and innovative sources of good food anywhere on the planet. So what has changed, and why? Our panel will discuss what it is, in this most globally connected of countries, that makes British food British.

Moderator: Tim Hayward, writer, broadcaster and restaurateur and The Guild of Food Writers Food Journalist of the Year 2015

Panel to include:

SYBIL KAPOOR The multi-award winning food writer and broadcaster whose influential cookbooks include Simply British and Taste. Her latest book is Simply Veg: A Modern Guide to Everyday Eating.

SHANE HOLLAND Executive chair of Slow Food UK—part of a global, grassroots movement that celebrates traditional food production. He is also chairman of Plan Zheroes, a non-profit organisation which connects surplus food with those in need.

JAY RAYNER Writer, journalist and broadcaster, best known as the restaurant critic for the Observer. He chairs BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, appears as the resident food expert on The One Show and has written four novels and three works of non-fiction, including A Greedy Man In A Hungry World.

ISAAC McHALE Chef owner of The Clove Club restaurant in Shoreditch— one of London’s most successful new openings of recent years, acclaimed for its inventive use of high quality British ingredients. He was previously part of The Young Turks chef collective.

Buy tickets for 20th September here


The debates last for around 60 minutes in total, with plenty of time set aside at the end for questions and comments from the floor, so come prepared with your queries and insights.

Refreshments will be available after the debates, provided by Borough Market traders, all included in the price of a ticket which is £15

For information about our ‘In Conversation’ series with Claudia Roden and Pierre Koffmann click here

Plus if the talks make you a little peckish – there’s always The Real Greek Bankside…

Until next time.


Tonia xx