Those who know me know that I’m a mad fan of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of River Cottage fame (UK). Hugh owns a gorgeous organic farm in Dorset and apart from growing and producing amazing crops and free-range animals, he creates fabulous food which he shares with the public through his canteens in Axminster and Bath. He has created several television series, writes regular food columns, and has a range of books, DVDs and online courses. Hugh is an avid supporter of sustainable living and a campaigner for ethically produced food – the man is an inspiration and somehow strangely sexy in a geeky, earthy type way! (Did I write that and leave it in after a re-read? Call the Mental Health Team!)
An excerpt from the River Cottage blurb about Hugh:
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.
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.
“Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is quite my favourite of all the prominent food-writers and presenters. Never quite as shaggy, messy and disgusting as he first appears, his great knowledge, passion, insight, intelligence and skill are hidden under the silliest hair in Europe.” Stephen Fry
I laughed a lot at Stephen Fry’s quote – totally true!
Hugh has taken on a new campaign called Fish Fight.
Half of all fish caught in the North Sea is thrown back overboard dead due to the current quota system imposed by the EU Common Fisheries Policy.
This is outrageous no matter what country you live in and how far removed you might feel!
Hugh is officially launching his campaign with a broadcast of “Hugh’s Fish Fight” presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in January 2011.
Sign up to support Hugh at the official Fish Fight website.
Stay tuned for updates! (If they let me have a computer in the padded cell…)