Musician Chris Jagger & Chef Arthur Potts Dawson

Chris Jagger, Host Chris is the younger brother of Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger. Mick may be older, but he is no wiser when it comes to the blues. “Whatever else I have done, I always come back to music”, says Chris, who has of necessity done a number of other jobs and worked in the theatre, journalism and ‘any other damn job that will pay the rent.’ He lives in Somerset where he enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, looking after animals and creating a garden with ‘anything you can eat; it’s better to grow food, for yourself and whatever flies by.’ In the 1970’s Chris made two records for Billy Gaff and David Geffen and these albums have now achieved cult status. In the 1980s Chris worked as a lyricist with Franck Langolf and contributed to two Stones albums (Dirty Work and Steel Wheels). It was as recently as 1994 with the release of ‘Atcha’ (Rock the Zydeco in the USA) that Chris established his musical identity and plotted a course that he is still pursuing. That course combines CJ’s interest in Zydeco, Cajun and Country with the underlying strands of R&B, Rock and World music. Constant touring has enabled Chris to hone his skills as front man and vocalist. In his band he also plays guitar and washboard. In 1996 Chris recorded an acoustic album with long-term associates Ben Waters and Charlie Hart and there followed the current album ‘Channel Fever’ with full line-up. Chris still has current acoustic projects and in 2002 toured the UK with fiddle player Robin Mckidd playing clubs and theatres. Recently Chris, Charlie Hart and Ben Waters appeared on BBC Radio 3 ‘the Andy Kershaw show’ and Radio 4’s Ned Sherrin Arts Programme ‘Loose Ends'. Chef Arthur Potts Dawson, Host British Chef Arthur Potts Dawson has been cooking for over 30 years, starting his career as a chef in 1987 with a three-year apprenticeship with the Roux brothers. Since then, he has worked at Kensington Place, as head chef at the River Café and alongside Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall and Pierre Khoffman. He restyled Petersham Nurseries kitchen, led the re-launch of Cecconi’s restaurant for the Soho House group, and worked as executive head chef for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant and Piccadilly Diner. His two restaurants Acorn House and Water House have won numerous awards for their excellent food and sustainable practices such as rooftop gardens, low-energy refrigerators and wormeries, proving the profitability of an eco-friendly approach. Additionally, Arthur founded The People’s Supermarket, a supermarket that connects the urban community with the local farming community by stocking high quality and environmentally friendly produce from trusted, local suppliers.  As such, The People’s Supermarket is challenging the food industry to achieve a more sustainable and food secure future. As an advocate for sustainable food production, Arthur often speaks on issues relating to global hunger and food waste in his role supporting the UN World Food Programme. Arthur has also worked on shows for the BBC Radio 4 food program and writes for the Guardian’s food and travel section. Alongside all of this, Arthur consults on large scale sustainable food innovation with Ikea Food, The Fazer Group and Unilever. FOOD FOREVER
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Whatcha Got Cookin’?

The world is full of delicious sounds, tastes and experiences. Food and music are at the heart of our cultural experiences and what better way to combine the two than with a musician and chef; even more amazing, if the duo are father and son. Chef Arthur Potts Dawson and musician Chris Jagger have spent decades together, talking, listening, playing music, and cooking foods from all over the world. On Whatcha Got Cookin’? Arthur and Chris create a delectable offering of sounds and tastes that combine the roots of music and food recipes to show and tell the listeners how food and music have travelled the world with people and cultures. From Cajun blues and Mississippi gumbos to campfire songs and South American spices, Whatcha Got Cookin’? will excite, interest and inspire the listeners to connect with the world they live in and how they share it with each other.