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Welcome to Fodder  - the food and drink podcast for Manchester.

Matt White explores Greater Manchester and all it has to offer - you’ll meet some of the regions finest chefs, producers and food lovers.

The Fodder Podcast is for anyone that likes to cook, eat or both.

Matt spent nearly a decade at the BBC where he produced a weekly food and drink radio show for BBC Radio Manchester. He works as a restaurant reviewer,  is one of the judges for the Manchester food and drink awards and has hosted the Gala Dinner for the last 5 years.

Fodder Podcast Episode 7 - The Fred from First Dates Podcast 

Fred Sirieix is the manager of Michelin starred French restaurant “Galvin at Windows”  on Park Lane, London. He’s also the smooth talking French Maître D' on Channel 4’s First Dates.

In this podcast Fred and Matt discuss turning up leathered to a date, TripAdvisor and the importance of good customer service.


Fodder Films Episode 4 - The Solita Episode

What will Franco - owner of the Solita Restaurants make of his bad Trip Adviser reviews? Particularly the one about dirty nappies...

Fodder Films Episode 3 - The Old Sessions House Episode

What do the chefs make of your bad Trip Adviser reviews? Find out as Dave Mooney, owner of The Old Sessions House in Knutsford, Cheshire, faces some of his worst.


Fodder Films Episode 2 - The Crazy Pedro's Episode

We've done it again. We've gone into Crazy Pedro's in Manchester and read the worst reviews we can find. Luckily there was tequila.

Fodder Films Episode 1 - Hispi 

Matt sits down with Gary Usher - the owner of Hispi a bistro in Manchester. He then reads to him the worst Trip Advisor reviews he's been able to find.

Series 2 Episode 6 - the Mike Joyce Podcast

Mike Joyce was the drummer in The Smiths – one of the most iconic and influential bands of the 80s. But he’s also bang into his food and drink. In this podcast, we spend the day with Mike down on his allotment talking food, music, bees and vegetarianism.

Series 2 Episode 5 - The Street Food Podcast 

Street Food is massive at the minute - but what exactly is it?

We visit GRUB FOOD FAIR to find out, speak to veterans of the scene at BEASTRO - road test Heston Blumenthal gadgets and take a Daily Mail columnist and etiquette expert for his first ever street food experience.

Series 2 Episode 4 - The Bolton Podcast 

How is the food and drink scene in Bolton? We decide to find out by talking to the Bolton chef that’s had two Michelin stars, eating at the only restaurant in Bolton to feature in The Good Food guide and spending time at Bolton Market and exploring the Pasty Barm.

Series 2 Episode 3 - The Not Just Soup Podcast 

Over the last 2 years Manchester restaurants have been helping to feed hundreds of homeless people across Manchester.
In this podcast we join “Not Just Soup” the group behind the project and we meet the homeless man who calls himself the “Jay Rayner of the street" and reviews the food donated.


Series 2 Episode 2 - The Seafood Podcast 

Why did Mancunians eat beaver's tail? 
What is The Hip Hop Chip Shop?
And did you know you can get a buzz from necking oysters. 
All this and more is discovered in this episode of Fodder.


Series 2 Episode 1 - The Stockport Podcast 

Things are happening in Stockport. Foodie things. In this podcast, Matt speaks to some of the key players in the up and coming food and drink scene. You’ll hear Sam Buckley from the restaurant “Where The Light Gets In”, Matthew Nutter the vegan Chef from Allotment and we’ll also talk to the organisers of Foodie Friday

Episode 8 - Manchester Food and Drink Festival Highlights

 As MFDF16 launches Fodder takes a look at some of the highlights.
Jackie Kearney (ex-masterchef finalist) talks about her Experimental Vegan Banquet and head chef at The French Adam Reid talks about making the finals of The Great British Menu and his pop up restaurant in The Festival hub. We also hear from Luke Cowdrey about new project Refuge by Volta.

 Episode 7 - The Booze Podcast

 Jimmy Doherty (Food uncovered) suggests that beer may be a superfood*, Matt discovers an office with the largest collection of spirits in Manchester and Kate Goodman from Reserve Wines discusses being the BBC Food and Drink Programme’s wine expert. 

Episode 6 - The Body Coach Podcast

This week on  Fodder we hear from Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach. His incredibly successful "lean in 15" body plan has seen him release two best selling books. Matt meets up with him at a book Q&A in Manchester. We also learn the art of foraging with Totally Wild UK. 

Episode 5 - The Indian Food Podcast 

This week Matt visits The Spice Club an Indian supper club and pop-up restaurant serving authentic, home-cooked Indian food. He speaks to curry evangelist Nisha Katona – owner of Mowgli in the Corn Exchange and you’ll also hear from the manager of the oldest curry house on Wilmslow Road -  he thinks it’s no longer a “curry” mile.

Episode 4 - The Cheese Podcast

Never trust anyone that doesn't like cheese. Thankfully in this episode we meet people that love it. We hear from the Nantwich International Cheese awards, go cheese making at Burt's Cheese Dairy and visit the best grilled cheese restaurant I've ever been to - Northern Soul in Manchester.


Episode 3 - The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Podcast

As the MFDF announce some of their programme for 2016 Matt speaks to the founder – Phil Jones about what we can expect. One of the judges from the Manchester food and drink awards discusses the process they go through to choose the shortlist and winners and Head Chef at The French by Simon Rogan - Adam Reid discusses the part he’ll play. 

Episode 2 - The Mary-Ellen McTague Podcast

Matt talks to award winning chef Mary-Ellen McTague. They visit the Museum of Science and Industry together and take a look around the Cravings exhibition. They discuss Aumbry, Mary's dislike of TV cooking competitions and The Real Junk Food Project.


Episode 1 - The Gin Podcast

Matt takes a trip with the Gin journey, drinks booze with Manchester's first gin producer - Zymurgorium and visits the Greater Manchester pub that holds the Guinness World Record for having the most amount of gin on sale.