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PremierLeague-News.Com - After 10 years away, the chef has returned to his rural roots in the West Country
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It’s tempting to state that River Cottage Reunited sees Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall going back to what he does best – making his own cheese, foraging for seaweed and constructing “natural” beehives – the sort of activities that a cynical friend of mine dismisses as “yoghurt weaving”.That would ignore Fearnley-Whittingstall’s more recent record as an impressively effective activist, though. His Hugh’s Fish Fight campaign, against the obscene way that trawlers were discarding half their catch, actually managed to get the EU to change its Common Fisheries Policy. Another campaign highlighted the treatment of intensively reared chickens.But the reason we first fell in love with Hugh (I’m henceforward dropping the Fearnley-Whittingstall for brevity’s sake) was for the yoghurt weaving stuff. Back at the tail end of the past century, the long-haired Old Etonian River Café dropout turned a former Dorset gamekeeper’s cottage into a self-sufficient rural idyll. This and further series tapped into the back-to-nature aspirations of an increasingly urban but eco-conscious society.By the time of his 11th and most recent River Cottage TV series in 2012, Hugh had created an empire from the humble beginnings of a Dorset veg patch. Financially, at least, this is perhaps where things started to go wrong. His River Cottage restaurants, spread across the West Country, have now mostly closed while his film company KEO, which made his campaigning TV series, went into administration in 2021 with debts of £5m. KEO’s new owners are the makers of River Cottage Reunited.But for whatever reason, Hugh is going back to his core brand – and it’s still potent because it feels authentic.
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. He recently joined the Green Party.The hair is shorter, there is probably slightly less puff in those lungs as the now 57-year-old chases piglets, but otherwise it’s like he’s never been away. He set up an impromptu kitchen on the veg patch and cooked freshly picked cauliflower “three ways” – the demonstration coming with the useful tip about those habitually discarded cauliflower leaves, which are apparently as tasty and nutritious as cabbage or kale.More on TV ReviewsSuspect is a silly crime drama taken far too seriously19 June, 2022Turns out The Umbrella Academy can be too quirky16 June, 2022Web of Make Believe lays bare what happens when dangerous idiots meet the internet15 June, 2022He boarded a boat to tour the UK’s largest offshore mussel farm, which apparently not only produces supremely meaty molluscs (95 per cent of which are exported to Europe) but also benefits the surrounding maritime eco-system. Needless to say, he knocked up a mussel dish for the crew, using apple as a surprising additive.And then between baking sourdough crumpets and brewing kombucha, he met with a chap called Matt Somerville (but inevitably dubbed “the bee whisperer”) to hollow out a log and fake the sort of natural beehive found in ancient trees.Now, very few of us are going to construct one of these rocket-shaped bee-friendly dwellings in our gardens, but the sequence was instructive about bee welfare and the way in which the insects are sugar-fed and intensively farmed for their honey.River Cottage Reunited is selling an edited version of Hugh’s life. We don’t see him sweating over accounts or meeting with TV producers. It’s not a business programme, after all, although I can see the germ of a new campaigning series. Hugh’s Bee Fight can’t be too long in the offing.River Cottage Reunited continues on Monday 27 June at 9pm on More4
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