Food & Drink
Chefs we love to hate: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
With a double-barrel surname that's fit for a Lord, this week's Celebrity Chef we love to hate is the one, the only, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
If you were ever looking for a hipster-chef to hate then look no further than Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. His name, his country bumpkin style and his ‘no-nonsense’, back to basics approach to cooking make him the perfect candidate for the head chef at the Hipster Café.
However, how would you feel about chowing down on puppy meat? According to Hugh, if you eat pork then you might as well eat puppies.
While we could live with his back to basics approach to cooking, we can’t forgive the ‘real food campaigner’s’ comment regarding man’s best friend.
Fearnley-Whittingstall told the Radio Times: ‘In principle, but not in practice, I have no objection to a high-welfare organic puppy farm. You can’t object, unless you also object to the farming of pigs. It’s an artificial construct of our society, a cultural decision, to make pets out of dogs and meat out of pigs.
‘Both animals could be used the other way round – although pigs probably do make better meat than dogs and dogs better pets than pigs. But it’s not a foregone conclusion.’
Now, in fairness to Hugh, he did say he’d only eat dog if he was on the brink of starvation, but as you can see, he spends as much time voicing his opinions as he does cooking in the kitchen.
Hugh also caused a bit of a stir after admitting to eating curried fruit bat, giraffe steak and calf testicles in the past. And who could forget his 1998 TV Dinners show, which featured people cooking and eating human placenta? Don't remember it? Have a gander below, but be warned: it's absolutely bloody disgusting.
At the time he said: ‘People need to be shocked to make them think about the issues in eating food’.
While that might be true, it’s your dinner we’re talking about – no one needs to be ‘shocked’ while they’re eating. That’s why it’s best off to avoid any kitchen related mishaps (such as mistakenly cooking curried fruit bat, instead of chicken) and order off of Just-Eat.ie instead.
Take the hassle out of being the chef tonight - remember - Don't Cook, JUST EAT