Although he gets lumped into the usual celebrity Chef bracket, the life of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been a quite varied and intriguing life. He is indeed a chef but that did not stay his original calling. Whilst he thought that his life was going to be cooking up culinary delights over a Commercial Combination Oven like the ones that you might be able to view at https://www.247cateringsupplies.co.uk/catering-appliances/commercial-ovens-and-ranges/combination-ovens it did not quite turn out like that, as we shall see.
He was brought up in rural Gloucestershire the son of an established writer and gardener in his mother Jane. The young Hugh was surrounded by nature and farming. He had a privileged education attending an Oxford prep school, Eton and St Peters College Oxford reading the subjects of psychology and philosophy. After college he went to Africa with a view to possibly becoming a conservator of wildlife, but he soon decided that this was not for him and he returned to England to look for some other way to make his name. He became the sous chef at the famous River Café in London. This was also not to be a long-lasting position as he was considered not suitable for the role as his style was too chaotic and unruly for the establishment.
He then decided to try journalism and was very successful. He was soon published in various magazines and the lure of Television work soon came calling. This was not going to be the usually cooking in the family home kind of affair. It was Channel four so time for something different. Hugh had his name changed to Fearlessly-Eatisitall on account of him introducing us to Roadkill and what he could pick off hedgerows, a skill he picked up in Gloucestershire no doubt. The high or low point has to be when he flambeed a placenta and served it as a pate. He was merely making the point that should you wish to, you could. It got complaints but was well received by the people eating it namely the mother who gave birth to it.
Next came the show that established him as a house hold name. This was the long running River Cottage television show where Hugh tried to utilise everything he could from a small holding to be self-sufficient. It was an idea born out of the sitcom The Good Life . This ran for 9 series before Hugh began on the Campaign trail. He is a determined and passionate environmentalist especially when it comes to food. He despises factory farming and is constant in his criticism and calling to large food producing firms to abandon factory farming.
We certainly haven’t seen the last of this pioneering Chef and foodie.