River Cottage Australia – Paul West To Host
Unknown chef, Paul West, has grabbed the coveted role of host of River Cottage Australia. The 29 year old chef has currently lives in Tasmania and has worked in all areas of food production from a volunteer organic fruiterer to the country’s top restaurant, Vue De Monde. He also holds a certificate in Permaculture Design.
For those who don’t know the original series with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is set on his farm and in his restaurant in England. It is very much farm to plate as well as using seasonal produce. For some reason I had thought Fearnley-Whittingstall would be fronting this series, however he was in Australia this week to film the first episode of the show.
Lifestyle Cottage has also bought a “cottage” in the South Coast of NSW in Central Tilba. It is a former dairy farm.
West said: “I am humbled and incredibly honoured to be offered this role. To be honest, it really hadn’t sunk in until I was walking down the steps of River Cottage last week, cameras rolling for the first time, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was walking up the drive, waving at me.
“I know that I could never fill Hugh’s shoes, and luckily I don’t have to – because he’s still wearing them. We share the same vision and passion for food and its production on a local, regional and national level. I hope that through River Cottage Australia I can educate and empower people to make strong decisions in relation to the food they buy and the meals they prepare.”
Paul West had decided if he obtained the role he would propose to his girlfriend so not only has he got a new show but also a wedding to plan. (Source: News.com.au)
River Cottage Australia is produced exclusively for The LifeStyle Channel by ITV Studios Australia and will be seen on our screens later this year. Even without Hugh this will be an interesting program to watch for both fans of the UK version or newbies to the franchise.