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.