Hank! A Cardiff Food Podcast

By Jane Cook and Matt Appleby

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Bite-sized stories from Cardiff's food & drink scene, including chats with restauranteurs, chefs, producers and more. Curated by local bloggers Jane Cook (www.hungrycityhippy.co.uk) & Matt Appleby (www.easyteas.co.uk).

Music credit: Peaches by Halloween

Episode Date
Ep 11 - Ansh, on Launching a New Restaurant in a Global Pandemic
As Welsh hospitality prepares to reopen indoors, we ask the founders of Cardiff's newest burger venture what it was like to launch a new restaurant at the height of a global pandemic.

The result of a partnership between chef Aled Hill, and fourth generation farmer / butcher Shaun Jones , Ansh serves up 'uniquely home-grown burgers which celebrate Wales in every ansh (bite).'
May 13, 2021
Ep 10 - Shumana Palit on Welsh Hospitality in Crisis (part 2)
Continuing on from our conversation with restauranteur Simon Wright in Episode 9 - in this instalment of the podcast, we speak to Shumana Palit about how the Coronavirus crisis has affected her.

Shumana Palit and her husband Paul Grimwood run Ultracomida; a business which incorporates two Spanish deli-restaurants in Narberth and Aberystwyth; Curado Bar and Vermut in Cardiff city centre; and an online shop which delivers imported Spanish produce across the UK.
Jul 15, 2020
Ep 9 - Simon Wright, on Welsh Hospitality in Crisis (part 1)
This episode was recorded just as it was revealed that the Welsh hospitality sector was facing up to 30,000 job losses, with half of these having already taken place. A desperate situation, exacerbated by the fact that there was still no update on indoor opening for restaurants, bars and pubs Wales. In this episode, we spoke to restauranteur, food writer and broadcaster Simon Wright about the impact of the Coronavirus crisis, the formation of the Welsh Independent Restaurant Collective, and the damage to the hospitality industry in Wales that has already been done.
Jul 08, 2020
Ep 8 - Feeding the NHS during Covid-19
Whilst NHS staff across Wales face the Coronavirus crisis head-on, in Cardiff a network of volunteers worked to ensure that these key workers were well-fed. In this episode we spoke to Kevin McGuckian (Holy Yolks) about the band of local independents involved in #feedtheheroesdiff, and to Kasim Ali (Waterloo Tea) about the #FeedTheHeath campaign which raised more than £80,000 to feed the staff at Wales' biggest hospital.
May 07, 2020
Ep 7 - The rise of the Kitchen Takeover
In this episode we look at the phenomenon of the 'Kitchen Takeover'. We chat with the lovely James from pop-up, sell-out success Matsudai Ramen, and Edwina O'Hart of Get Well Fed.
Both tell us what it's like to enter a professional kitchen and start cooking for paying customers, despite having no formal background in food. We also speak to one of Cardiff's nomadic OG's - Krish from Keralan Karavan, the Indian street food pop-up that has been moving around the city, taking over kitchens and popping up at festivals since 2016.
Apr 16, 2020
Ep 6 - Meeting Matt Pritchard, the 'Dirty Vegan'
In this episode we catch up with local ultra-athlete Matt Pritchard (also known as 'Pritch' of MTV's Dirty Sanchez) to find out about his new TV program, 'Dirty Vegan' and his new cookbook of the same name.
Jan 19, 2019
Ep 5 - A Christmas catch-up with Chef Tommy Heaney
In this episode we catch up with Crumlin-born chef Tommy Heaney, to ask how life is going since he opened Heaney's Restaurant in Pontcanna, Cardiff. We also find out what his plans are for Christmas, the new year, and beyond.

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Dec 20, 2018
Ep 4 - The 20th Anniversary of Riverside Market
In this episode we head down to Riverside Farmers' Market for their 20th anniversary celebration, and speak to a few of the traders and producers involved. We catch up with:

Steve Garrett: Founder of the Riverside Market & Community Garden
John Thomas: One half of Penrhiw Organic farm, who have traded at the market since day one
Tom Frost: Owner of Blaencamel Organic Vegetable Farm
Chef Grady Atkins: Co-founder of Bodloni, a new company creating instant soups made from the market's surplus veg
Gareth Davies: Founder of Let Them See Cake, who joined the market for the first time on the 20th anniversary.

Thanks for listening!
Oct 23, 2018
Ep 3 - Welsh Gin Tasting with Wine Writer, Neil Cammies
This exciting episode is all about delicious Welsh gin!We sit down with the delightful Neil Cammies for a tutored gin tasting of the following Welsh gins:

Brecon Gin - Penderyn
Young Tom - Eccentric Gin
Dewi Sant - Eccentric Gin
Pollination - Dyfi Distillery
GWYR - The Gower Gin Company
Seaweed Gin - Da Mhiele
Marmalade Gin - Aber Falls

If you'd like to drink along, most of these gins are available to order online from: www.DiscoverDelicious.Wales.
Sep 02, 2018
Ep 2 - A Slow Food Pilgrimage with Dusty's Pizza
In this episode we talk to Phill Lewis of Dusty's (formerly Dusty Knuckle Pizza). In February 2017, Phill left Cardiff with nothing but a sack of flour, a case of tomatoes, and a box of cheese, and traded his way to Naples, using only pizza as currency.

The trip was to raise funds and awareness for Slow Food International; a global grassroots movement who actively campaign for better food systems for all.
Jun 15, 2018
Ep 1 - Tackling The Food Waste Problem in Cardiff
In this episode we look at the issue of food waste; we chat to Becca from Green City Events who tells us about the process of turning waste food into a ticketed supper club. We also speak to pig farmer Illtud Dunsford about eating nose to tail.

Thanks for listening!
May 01, 2018
Episode 0 - Meet the Team
Welcome to Hank! A podcast for food lovers in Cardiff run by local food bloggers Matt Appleby and Jane Cook. We're calling this episode zero - it's a chance to get to know a bit about about us, why we've started a podcast and and idea of who we'll be chatting to over the next few weeks and months. If you like it, please subscribe and leave us a review as it really helps.

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Apr 25, 2018