James is a celebrity chef and a leading authority on sustainable living. He is well-known as part of the Hungry Sailors duo (along with his father, Dick), and for appearing in BBC2’s It’s Not Easy Being Green, which had three series. He also co-presented UKTV History’s The Reinventors, also with his father.
James qualified from York University with a first class honours degree in modern history. From a very early age James has cared about the planet, but a gap year in Nepal, conducting environmental projects with the locals, made him even more convinced that sustainable living had to be the future.
In 2007, he also worked on filming the charity education programme WasteBusters, which aimed to encourage children to think more about the environmental issues surrounding waste.
His latest show is ITV1’s The Hungry Sailors, which sees him and his father sampling food around the coasts of the UK.
Along with other members of his family, including his father Dick and his mother Brigit, James Strawbridge runs the Newhouse Farm commune, the website of which is home to all three of BBC television’s ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ series. If you have a look around the website you’ll find details of the family’s eco projects, such as their solar panels, wind turbines, ram pump, compost loo, geodesic dome and permaculture plot, many of which were covered on the BBC2 series.
They also run courses at Newhouse Farm to share their experiences, demonstrate all the systems they have invested in, and offer eco advice. The courses cover many aspects of sustainable living and green technology, such as how to make your own biodiesel, Eco-Engineering, harness wind power, make the most of water power, and an introduction to sustainable living. All the courses are led by Dick Strawbridge with assistance James and the Newhouse Farm team.
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As well as his TV appearances, James has worked as a sustainability manager in Fiji and as an eco-consultant for The Lost Gardens of Heligan. He also runs his own catering company, James Cooks.