Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a food-writer, broadcaster and campaigner. He is best known for his TV series River Cottage.


The Channel 4 River Cottage series showed Hugh’s early smallholding experiments and led to the publication of The River Cottage Cookbook. The book won the Glenfiddich Trophy and then the André Simon Food Book of the Year awards. The success of River Cottage allowed Hugh to establish HQ near Bridport in 2004. Then in the same year, he published The River Cottage Meat Book and won a second André Simon Food Book of the Year Award.

During River Cottage Spring, Hugh helped a group of Bristol families start a smallholding on derelict council land. The experience was so inspiring he decided to see if it would work nationwide, and so Landshare was created to bring growers and landowners together. The movement now includes more than 50,000 people.

In 2008 Hugh, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay starred in Channel 4’s Big Food Fight.

His series River Cottage, Veg Every Day promoted vegetarian meals.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is one of the busiest chefs on television. Hugh has helped develop Stinger, a nettle-flavoured ale, with the Hall & Woodhouse brewery. He converted an old inn in Axminster to an organic produce shop, and then in 2009 became a patron of ChildHope UK, an international child protection charity working in Africa, Asia and South America.

Hugh continues to write as a journalist, including a weekly column in The Guardian. He is Patron of the National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association (FARMA). His passion, insight, intelligence and skill make him a talented public speaker.

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