Hugh is a food-writer, broadcaster and campaigner, best known for his TV series, River Cottage. A talented writer, broadcaster and campaigner, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is widely known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books.
His early smallholding experiences were shown in the Channel 4 River Cottage series and led to the publication of The River Cottage Cookbook (2001), which won the Glenfiddich Trophy and the André Simon Food Book of the Year awards. The success of the show and the books allowed Hugh to establish River Cottage HQ near Bridport in 2004. In the same year, Hugh published The River Cottage Meat Book to wide acclaim and won a second André Simon Food Book of the Year Award.
During River Cottage Spring (2008) 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 Landshare was created to bring keen growers and landowners together. The movement now includes more than 50,000 people.
In Autumn 2011, his series, River Cottage, Veg Every Day, began as Hugh developed awareness for how much meat is consumed daily and promoting interesting and delicious vegetarian meals. Another River Cottage series, entitled Hugh’s Three Good Things, started on Channel 4 in October 2012.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is one of the busiest chefs on television with his fingers in a number of pies. Among other things, he has helped develop Stinger, a nettle-flavoured ale, with the Hall & Woodhouse brewery, converted an old inn in Axminster to an organic produce shop and canteen which opened in September 2007, and in 2009 he became a patron of ChildHope UK, an international child protection charity working in Africa, Asia and South America.
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He continues to write as a journalist, including a weekly column in The Guardian and is Patron of the National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association (FARMA). His passion, insight, intelligence and skill make him a talented keynote speaker.