“The greatest luxury is to eat in someone’s home”

In this episode of Violet Sessions I sit down with Ruthie Rogers, the owner of renowned Italian restaurant The River Cafe.

We talk about our shared love of Italian food, how she runs her restaurant, the many chefs who have cut their teeth in her kitchen and by the end of our talk I’ve managed to wangle a job.
You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

For our 20th Violet Sessions episode I have switched things up a little.

I have new intro music by one of my favourite bands, Woman’s Hour (such a great name for a band) and I’m now doing the podcast solo as my ex co-host Danielle Radojcin moves on to focus on her family and other ventures. The pods will have a slightly new focus as well. I am still talking to inspirational, creative, professional women, but we are opening up together and talking about food, lifestyle and how we live today. The podcast has always been a place for me to get out of the kitchen and into the hearts and minds of all the amazing women that I meet because of Violet.

I’d love to hear from you on Violet Sessions’ Instagram about the podcast and who you’d like to hear me talk to! Thanks and happy listening xx

“If you put a nice olive oil on the table, salt, pepper… It’s fun to see how people actually season their food”. In this episode, Nadine Levy Redzepi, an enthusiastic home cook and mother of three girls, sits down with Claire Ptak to talk about her first book Downtime: Deliciousness at Home, cooking at home with her family, and what it is like having spent most of her adult life working with her husband René Redzepi, chef-patron of the multi-award-winning restaurant Noma.

You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

 

“It’s not about being a woman – it’s about being the best at the job that you can be.” Sony’s Music’s Julie Weir, one of the most respected figures in the rock and heavy music industry, sits down with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to talk about a career which spans nearly three decades, from working in a record shop in Leeds aged 18, to running club nights, to starting her own music label, Visible Noise, in West London in the 90s, to her current role as head of Music for Nations. She discusses how she survived the Lostprophets scandal, her subsequent success, and her thoughts about being a woman working in music today. Along the way she’s worked with Lady Gaga, Blitz Kids and Fearless Vampire Killers among others, sat on the board of the Independent Music Awards and was one of the first inductees at the Women in Music Awards.

You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

“People want an app they can download and everything is sorted.” The revered British psychotherapist sits down with Claire Ptak and Danielle Radojcin at Port Eliot Festival to talk about the differences between how men and women deal with loss; how she has managed having children, grandchildren and a career; why she can’t cook, and why kick-boxing is her downtime activity of choice.

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“Back then, it was easy to be fearless.” In this Port Eliot Festival special, Natalie Kingham, buying director of MATCHESFASHION.COM, talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak about her journey from London club kid, to businesswoman, to fashion buying power house and how motherhood changed her along the way. She also discusses how she identifies upcoming fashion trends and emerging designers.

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“Everyone in fashion has their Zandra Rhodes moment.” The legendary British fashion designer and her creative director sit down at Port Eliot Festival with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to talk about her famous hand-created prints, making the label relevant for a new generation and what it takes to have a Zandra Rhodes dressed named after you.

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Photo credit: Claire Rothstein

For this Port Eliot Festival special, the London-based Greek fashion designer sits down with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to discuss her mentors Sarah Mower and the late Louise Wilson from Central Saint Martins; how she’s learned to be a businesswoman; and her plans for where she’s going to take her successful international fashion label next.

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“I wanted to write the kind of book I’d like to read.” The writer Allegra Huston sits down at Port Eliot Festival with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to discuss the her new novel, Say My Name. She talks about her famous upbringing – how after the death of her mother she moved in with her father, the director John Huston, only to subsequently discover that her biological father was in fact Viscount John Julius Norwich – and her teenage years spent in Hollywood with her older sister, Anjelica Huston. She talks about her impressive career as a literary publisher, screen writer and editor, her life today in Taos, New Mexico – and her thoughts on how to write a successful sex scene.

You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

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“I love the fact there’s this great awakening.” For this Port Eliot Festival special, Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak sit down with the legendary fashion designer and US Vogue’s chief fashion critic to discuss fashion and politics; changing attitudes to the environmental impact of fashion; Hamnett’s legendary slogan T-shirts and the stories behind them, her upcoming relaunch and why Kanye West is her number one fan.

You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

Photo credit: Alex Bramall

Photo Credit: Will Pine

The food writer and owner of the Wahaca and DF / Mexico restaurant chains talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak about her new book, how she juggles being a mum with her professional life, her glamorous background, her thoughts on eating healthily, eating disorders, tips on feeding children and thoughts on sustainability.

You can listen to the full conversation here and subscribe to the Violet Sessions podcast here.

Photo credit: Tara Fisher