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River Cottage Australia Is Starting Thursday June 27 on Lifestyle Channel

I have to confess I have a love/hate relationship with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his shows. Some nights I really like them and find him interesting and engaging on others I find him a tad righteous and a bit too earnest.

For those who don’t know who Hugh is he is an English chef who is into sustainability and self-sufficiency. Fifteen years ago he moved to a cottage on a small land-holding in Dorset and set about learning how to grow his own produce, raise livestock and become part of a community where sharing not only knowledge, but the fruits of farm labour, were an important part of life.

This was followed on Escape to River Cottage  and it was so popular there have been many series since then. 

He highlights the importance of local and seasonal produce, and the broader issues of sustainable agriculture and fishing on a global scale.

An Australian production has been made and I am looking forward to watching it. Hugh will be making a guest appearance however it is former Tasmanian chef, Paul West who is the face of the show, and we will see him attempt to set up his own farm near the historic and picturesque village of Central Tilba on the NSW Far South Coast.

River Cottage Australia will premiere on  Thursday, June 27 at 8.30pm on The LifeStyle Channel on Foxtel.



1 Culinary Boner { 05.27.13 at 4:14 pm }

Hopefully it’s better than Australian Pickers.

2 suziwong66 { 05.27.13 at 7:53 pm }

Hasn’t the idea already been somewhat already done with Gourmet Farmer?

3 suziwong66 { 05.27.13 at 7:54 pm }

Hasn’t the idea already been somewhat done with Gourmet Farmer?

4 Reality Raver { 05.27.13 at 8:17 pm }

suziwong66 – Indeed, but Gourmet Farmer concept was probably based on the River Cottage format.

5 Culinary Boner { 05.27.13 at 10:45 pm }

I always thought Gourmet Farmer was based on ‘The Last Remake of Beau Geste’.
As I watched Matthew Evans apprehensively ’embrace’ the Tasmanian farm life, with scant enthusiasm, I couldn’t help feeling that he was escaping much more than the so-called ‘rat race’. That Tassie was his ‘Foreign Legion option’. It felt a sad and lonely scenario, and put me off viewing the second series, which may have had a different vibe to it.

Hugh F-W can come across as an A1 prat but is interesting, expressive and knowledgeable. Hopefully the guy chosen as he local counterpart can go some way to matching him. Otherwise we will have the Australian Pickers disaster replayed.

6 Nigel Tufnel { 05.28.13 at 9:23 am }

Just for jj, anonymous and whatever other alias from the same IP address the troll is using…

Hahahahaha…. Hugh F-W…. how apt….get it?……hahhahaha

7 Nigel Tufnel { 05.28.13 at 9:25 am }

No?? F-wit. Oh, don’t bother.

8 Spot { 05.31.13 at 10:36 pm }

We have worked hard to make this show interesting, warm and entertaining.

We have Australian-ised the show. Before you slat it… Watch it. You might like the way we have filtered away from the other-mainstream shows that are generally created for the masses.

The terrestrial channels treat their viewers as though they are brainless… We don’t believe tv should be made like this. Hopefully this comes through in a way that tells us that this is right? Thanks from the RC ozi team. 27th 8.30pm