Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

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Date Published: 02/02/2021
Duration: 00:45:03
Season: 4

Today, I’m joined by the chef, broadcaster, food writer and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. We first got to know Hugh through his much loved River Cottage TV series and books, filmed at his River Cottage Estate on the Devon-Dorset border. His uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and his concern for the environment, inspired a vast and loyal fanbase.

Alongside more than 20 cookery shows, he’s also tackled powerful issues in his documentary campaigns, like obesity, illegal wildlife trade, fishing and the war on plastic. He’s the author of numerous best-selling cookbooks and he’s back with a new one – Eat Better Forever.

We talk about that, his life-changing trip to Africa which shaped his food philosophy; what it was like travelling around India for 4 months with his young family; how a close shave while filming nearly left him in a Vietnamese jail, the power of wild swimming throughout the freezing winter months, and his favourite staycation spots . All that and more coming up on the travel diaries.


Destination Recap:

  • Aegina, Greece
  • Port Quin, Cornwall, England
  • Epphaven Cove, Cornwall, England
  • Southern Africa
  • Gloucestershire, England
  • India
  • Bharatpur bird sanctuary, Rajasthan, India
  • West End Hotel, Mumbai, India
  • River Cottage, Devon, England
  • The Bull Inn, Totnes, England
  • Vietnam


Hugh’s new book Eat Better Forever is out now.


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Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.


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