Author of the River Cottage Curing and Smoking Handbook


River Cottage has given millions of TV viewers a taste for great cooking since 1998, when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall first brought his famous food ethos to Channel 4. Their hard-hitting campaigns, including Chicken Out! and the BAFTA-winning Hugh’s Fish Fight, have changed the eating habits of a nation and improved the welfare and sustainability of animals and fish. These days River Cottage splits neatly into three. River Cottage HQ, found on the Devon and Dorset border, is home to everything they do and is the base for their Cookery School, apprenticeship scheme (see video below) and unique restaurant. There are three Canteens, their award-winning restaurants and delis based in the South West where they combine their famous philosophy with the finest producers in Axminster, Plymouth and - most recently - Bristol. Then there is the online community, crammed with amazing people who have created the most knowledgeable centre for cooks, gardeners, smallholders and campaigners on the web.