Interviews

  • Norfolk Raider Cider

    Norfolk Raider Cider – passion and patience in a glass

    21st September 2021The Delicate Diner

    As written by Samantha Mattocks, The Delicate Diner, for nourish magazine issue 01. For more interviews by Samantha, click here.  World War II nose art is a specialist area – and not necessarily something that you would expect to see on a local cider bottle. But then, Norfolk Raider Cider is not your average beverage. Made by hand to a traditional recipe, over 100 years old, and honouring the brave men who flew B-24 Liberators out of the original Norwich Airport in the Second World War, Norfolk Raider is so much more than just a drink. Samantha Mattocks headed over…

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  • nourish The Taste of East Anglia

    nourish – The Taste of East Anglia

    31st July 2021The Delicate Diner

    I am excited to share the news that, with a friend, I am starting a quarterly food and drink magazine called nourish – The Taste of East Anglia.

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  • The Norfolk Foodie – Charlie Hodson

    10th October 2020The Delicate Diner

    Charlie Hodson is one of Norfolk’s biggest characters and over the past years, he has worn many hats within the region’s culinary and charitable channels with great aplomb. Now he is set to take on his greatest challenge as he realises a long-held dream – that of opening his own cheese room and deli. However, as Charlie was busy signing the contract just a matter of weeks ago, he discovered that he has bowel cancer. Characteristically unstoppable, and with a smile on his face, Charlie is determined that not only will nothing stop his dream from happening, but that he…

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  • My post-MasterChef Interview with Nurtured in Norfolk

    16th September 2020The Delicate Diner

    Nurtured in Norfolk are lovely folk, producing amazing fruit, vegetables, salads, and edible flowers over in Dereham. And they also support MasterChef contestants, interviewing them all after the competition. They interviewed me after my appearance on this world-famous TV show last year, and I just realised that I never shared the piece. So, here it is – please enjoy!

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  • Richard Bainbridge Interview: The Norfolk Foodie Series

    14th August 2020The Delicate Diner

    Passionate, honest, down to earth – and a Norfolk boy through and through – are all ways to describe one of the county’s most endearing chefs, Richard Bainbridge. Famed for his days behind the stove at Morston Hall, as well as winning our hearts on Great British Menu, Richard achieved his ultimate goal as he opened the doors to his own restaurant, Benedicts, five years ago. I spoke with Richard about his culinary life, the power of following your dreams, and how he and his wife, Katja, have pressed the reset button in the wake of the pandemic. “I kid…

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  • The Norfolk Foodie – Chet Valley Vineyard

    31st July 2020The Delicate Diner

    Life is a funny thing sometimes. You find your path but, for whatever reason, you deviate from it and explore other avenues, only to come full circle and back to your chosen way in life. Nowhere is that more true than with John Hemmant from Chet Valley Vineyard in Bergh Apton. Norfolk’s original winemaker John and his wife, Bridget, are behind the iconic Skylark range that is enjoyed by so many, but few realise that John had a vineyard here back in the 1990s. I speak to this dedicated couple to find out more about Chet Valley, John’s deep-rooted passion…

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  • The Delicate Diner meets… Sytch Farm Studios

    24th July 2020The Delicate Diner

    There are very few people in the world who have that lightbulb moment as a child, realising at a tender age the exact path that they need to be on. But for Gill Thompson, one half of Sytch Farm Studios, that moment came when she was just five years old. Playing with clay in a school class, Gill could see her future – designing and making beautiful ceramic plates and pots to be eaten from and enjoyed, and her path was set. Move on a few years with her talented husband Jon by her side, with his breath-taking woodwork skills,…

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  • The Norfolk Foodie Series – Norfolk Gin

    10th July 2020The Delicate Diner

    The Norfolk Foodie Series: Norfolk Gin The height of June saw Norfolk’s original gin, and my own personal favourite, celebrate its fifth birthday. With the first bottle sold in 2015, Norfolk Gin has gone on to sell almost 1,000,000 tots of their herbaceous and aromatic spirit. Founded by Alison and Jonathan Redding, Norfolk Gin is a firm favourite on the food and drink scene – with their delicious spirit found in everything from chocolates and chutneys to candles! I speak with this vibrant couple about their passion for Norfolk, why they chose gin, and the milestones that have meant so…

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  • The Norfolk Foodie – Richard Hughes

    26th June 2020The Delicate Diner

    I do not think that it is an exaggeration to say that Richard Hughes is a true Norfolk institution. From his days at Number 24 in Wymondham to the famed Lavender House in Brundall Richard has, for the past 10 years, been the man behind the resurgence of The Assembly House. One of our county’s most-loved chefs, Richard gives a searingly honest interview, albeit it one that barely scratches the surface, as we talk about his obsession with cooking, his dedication to his craft, and living through the moment when being a chef became sexy. “I love what I do,”…

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  • The Norfolk Foodie Series: The Galton Blackiston Interview

    19th June 2020The Delicate Diner

    No series on food and drink in Norfolk would be complete without an interview with Galton Blackiston. Through his own Michelin-starred restaurant, Morston Hall, and latterly No1 Cromer, Galton is deeply embedded in the local food and drink scene. With his passion for Norfolk and its produce regularly broadcast across the country through television screens, Galton has been a leading advocate for all things Norfolk for well over 20 years. With that in mind, I take the opportunity of lockdown to speak to one of, not just Norfolk’s, but the nation’s most endearing chefs. “Three months into the dream of…

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