Season 1 Episode 1
7 JANUARY 2021
In the very first episode of Life on a Plate, Jimi and Alison beam into the kitchen of Nadiya Hussain, trailblazing winner of the Great British Bake Off 2015.
A whirlwind of creativity, Nadiya has written five cookbooks, broadcast six TV series and even produced several children’s books since then, despite her ongoing struggles with anxiety. As well as asking how she does it, Jimi and Alison talk to her about eating cake for the first time, overcoming fear and making space for a new generation of cooks and bakers.
Nadiya’s new book Nadiya Bakes (Penguin, 2020) is out now and you can follow her on Instagram, @nadiyajhussain.
Season 1 Episode 2
14 JANUARY 2021
This week, Jimi and Alison chat to Sarah Millican, one of Britain’s most popular comedians – and a devoted home baker.
Beloved for her warmth and candid humour, Sarah is a regular on television programmes such as Have I Got News for You and Mock the Week, and also has her own podcast, Standard Issue. She explains why you should eat what makes you happy – including biscuits for breakfast.
Season 1 Episode 3
21 JANUARY 2021
In this episode, Jimi and Alison talk to Tom Kerridge, the multi-award-winning chef and author.
Tom explains his love affair with the ‘pirate ship’ that is a professional kitchen, revealing that it’s the chaos, noise and broken plates that help to keep him going. Plus, his passion for pubs, what he likes to cook for Sunday lunch – and tips on how not to grow pumpkins…
Season 1 Episode 4
28 JANUARY 2021
Join Jimi and Alison as they delve into the world of campaigner and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Celebrated for his work on animal welfare and sustainability, Hugh’s focus these days is on human health, as well as the health of the planet. He talks low-sugar baking, alcohol-free cocktails and the joy of simple, whole foods. You’ll also hear about Hugh’s very short career as a pastry chef and how he persuades his kids to love veg.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 5
4 FEBUARY 2021
Jimi and Alison meet Asma Khan, the groundbreaking chef using food to make the world a better place.
The founder of London restaurant Darjeeling Express, where home-style Indian dishes are cooked by a team of women, Asma is passionate about championing sidelined communities. She explains why food can help us connect with each other – and why you’ll never find okra fries on her menu.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 6
11 FEBRUARY 2021
This episode, Jimi and Alison are joined by Joanne Harris, the author of more than 20 bestselling works of fiction.
Joanne was born above a Yorkshire sweet shop and food flavours many of her novels – most famously Chocolat, which was turned into an Oscar-nominated film. She talks about why French food is part of her cultural identity, what it was like to become famous overnight, and the quiet pleasure of growing her own vegetables.
Joanne’s latest book is Ten Things About Writing. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Joannechocolat.