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Episode 8: With Thomasina Miers

Thomasina Miers Food Sustainable Farming

Joining Patrick this week on the Sustainable Food Trust podcast is Thomasina Miers.

Thomasina found fame on Masterchef Goes Large, the first time the now much loved series evolved into its current format, winning due to her ‘bold, and at times, eccentric cooking style’.

Awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to the food industry, she has gone beyond co-founding carbon neutral, Mexican street food restaurant chain Wahaca. She co-founded the Pig Idea in 2015 with Tristram Stuart, an award-winning project to tackle food waste, helped set up Chefs in Schools in 2017 for which she is a trustee and is an ambassador for the Soil Association.

Thomasina has released six recipe books and been the star of two TV shows, and writes a regular column in the Guardian’s Feast magazine.

In the podcast, Thomasina explains how the avocado hype has had a hugely detrimental effect for chefs and local people where they are grown in South America, and how their ingenuity in circumnavigating skyrocketing prices inspired ‘Wahacamole’ in her restaurants – an avocado-free guac using broad beans grown in the UK by friends of the Sustainable Food Trust, Hodmedods.

Thomasina believes that, ‘we no longer have the luxury of being able to just put food in our mouths and think about where it’s come from. All of us now in terms of saving the planet have to realise that what we eat is completely wound up with global warming and the future of the planet for our children.’

We hope you enjoy the podcast. 


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