Presented by Patrick McDermott, the Food Service Matters podcast now returns for a second season, promising to serve up ideas and deep dives into the food service sector’s most pressing issues.
Since its inception in May 2023, the podcast has offered listeners access to the minds shaping the future of food service. McDermott has created a platform where the challenge of balancing profitability with sustainability is not just discussed but also dissected.
In 2023, McDermott interviewed key figures in the industry, including Chris Chidley from Compass Group, Frank Bothwell of Thomas Franks, plant-based chef Vojtech Végh, zero-waste advocate, Zoe Watts from Bennett Hay, Kevin Watson of Amadeus Foods, Bob Cotton formerly of the British Hospitality Association (now UKHospitality), and Ben McEwen from Lexington, part of the Elior Group. Each episode delved into customer expectations, addressed food waste challenges, and highlighted the individuals driving change in kitchens and boardrooms.
As season two unfolds, McDermott welcomes Ali Honour, a chef who not only cooks but campaigns for a climate-conscious world. Her commitment to combating food waste and fostering sustainable practices sets the tone for a series of conversations poised to inspire action and drive change.
Patrick McDermott, chief executive officer, DigiTally, said: “Food Service Matters has become the space for important conversations about the challenges and opportunities facing those in the food service sector.
“Hosting Ali and each of our distinguished guests has been enlightening. We’ve ventured beyond the surface-level narratives and into the heart of what makes our industry tick – sustainability, innovation, and the people who make it all possible. This season amplifies these voices even further. I look forward to continuing these discussions with more inspiring industry players over the next few months.”