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Kerb Life Podcast : E11

The Bread Network

Reporter Robin Leeburn needed no second invitation to cross the capital uncovering the stories behind the Bread Network - and found the perfect partner in a true expert: Bridget Hugo - co-founder of famed pizzeria Franco Manca and latterly the founder of Bread Bread Bakery. He also talks to Alice Williams, founder at Luminary Bakery and Adrian Macalari, director of Sally Clarke Bakery and several KERBanists, on his exploration of London’s buzzing bread network.

Podcast Summary (It's way better to listen)

We often take our buns and sandwich loaves for granted, but they’re integral to both our meals and community life as we ‘break bread’ together. Forget the plastic-packed ‘freshness’ of supermarket loaves – KERB, London and the UK as a whole are yearning for the simple, healthy pleasures as artisanal bread, going back to the Stone Age basics of flour, salt and water, is re-popularised. In episode 2, The Bread Network, we turn our attention back to this street food staple.

Interview Summary

Meet Bridget Hugo, co-founder of Franco Manca and founder of the Bread Bread Bakery

Alice Williams, founder at Luminary Bakery, on how bread is helping transform lives of vulnerable women in North London

Bridget Hugo on breaking bread as a community recorded at Luminary Bakery

Adrian Macalari, director Sally Clarke Bakery, on how to feed London with fresh artisanal bread from the bakery in West London

Sally Clarke overnight driver Tommy Higgins, delivering tomorrow’s lunch, made fresh today

Bridget Hugo at KERB West India Quay

Chaudhry Zafar Iqbal, owner of Ararat Bread on Ridley Road, on naan bread, religion and happiness

Bridget Hugo eats Ararat’s naan with halloumi and falafel from Nazari at West India Quay

Mother Flipper founder Manuel Leal Andrades on how buns hold the key to the best burgers

Giacomo Tommaselli of Arepazo Bros, on arepas – the flavours of Venezuela at KERB Camden Lock

Bridget Hugo on cornbread, flatbreads and the ‘ultimate bedrock of sociability and nutrition’ at Camden Lock