How old is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who’s the Britain’s Fat Fight presenter’s wife and where are the River Cottage restaurants?January 11, 2019
HUGH Fearnley-Whittingstall is a TV chef, famous for hosting the River Cottage series on Channel 4.
But being on TV isn’t all he is good for as the celebrity chef is also a talented journalist, food writer and campaigner on food and environmental issues.
Who’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and how old is he?
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was born in Hampstead, London, on January 14, 1965 – that makes him 53.
Hugh was educated at Summer Fields School, Eton College and St Peter’s College, Oxford, where he read philosophy and psychology.
He has previously lived in Africa and considered a career in wildlife conservation. However, when he returned to England, he became a sous-chef at the River Café in London.
As a journalist, Hugh has had his work published in publications such as Punch, the Evening Standard, The Sunday Times and The Guardian.
Who’s Hugh married to?
Hugh married wife Marie Derome in 2001. The couple and their livestock live on a small farm in East Devon.
They used to live together in London, but they fled to the countryside in the late eighties.
Hugh and Marie have four children together – Oscar, 18, Freddy, 14, Louisa, seven, and Chloe, 21, who they adopted after her mother, Kate Peyton, died in 2005 while reporting for the BBC from Mogadishu, Somalia.
In 2011, he let Chloe, Oscar and Freddie take over his Guardian column with their recipe ideas.
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Where are the River Cottage restaurants?
Hugh has three River Cottage restaurants – in Axminster, Bristol and Winchester.
On the River Cottage website, Hugh says: “Our menu is all about gathering the finest ingredients, nurtured and respected all the way from the farms and producers that supply us, through our kitchen, to your plate.
“We believe the quality and provenance of our fish and meat is second to none. And as ever, we’ve gone big on the best seasonal veg. Feast well, and in good conscience.”
There’s also River Cottage HQ, which is also in Axminster – but, as it’s a working farm, you can’t just show up – you’ll need to make prior arrangements.
What books has Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall written?
Hugh has written and published 24 books over the years and with his latest, his 25th – a cookbook called Much More Veg – he hopes to inspire more people to become less dependent on meat.
He said: “What people need more help with is making vegetables delicious. Because they have to compete in the end; we have to make them super tasty for people to want them, not just virtuous, and we need to make them tasty raw, tasty cooked, tasty fried, tasty roasted.”
Here’s the full list of Hugh’s books:
- TV Dinners: In Search of Exciting Home Cooking, (1996)
- A Cook on the Wild Side, (A Channel Four book) (1997)
- The Best of TV Dinners, (1999)
- The River Cottage Cookbook, (2001)
- The River Cottage Year, (2003)
- The River Cottage Meat Book, (2004)
- Preserved, with Nick Sandler and Johnny Acton (2004)
- The Real Good Life: A Practical Guide to a Healthy, Organic Lifestyle, with the Soil Association (2005)
- Soup Kitchen, with Thomasina Miers, and Annabel Buckingham (2005)
- The River Cottage Family Cookbook, with Fizz Carr (2005)
- Hugh Fearlessly Eats it All: Dispatches from the Gastronomic Front line, (2006)
- Little Book of Soup, with Thomasina Miers, Annabel Buckingham (2006)
- The Taste of Britain, with Laura Mason, and Catherine Brown (2006)
- The River Cottage Diary 2008, (2007)
- The River Cottage Fish Book, with Nick Fisher (2007)
- River Cottage Diary 2010, (2009)
- River Cottage Every Day, (2009)
- The River Cottage Bread Handbook, (US Version) with Daniel Stevens (2010)
- The River Cottage Preserves Handbook, with Pam Corbin (2010)
- River Cottage Veg Every Day! (2011)
- Three Good Things on a Plate, (2012)
- River Cottage Fruit Every Day! (2013)
- River Cottage Light & Easy: Healthy Recipes for Every Day, (2014)
- River Cottage Love Your Leftovers: Recipes for the resourceful cook, (2015)