Award-winning presenter and food adventurer, BBC

Stefan Gates

Stefan Gates is a hugely popular writer and TV presenter with a vast breadth of knowledge and a confident, sparky presenting style. He’s renowned for his love of quirky culinary quests and extraordinary food adventures.

Stefan Gates has written and presented 16 TV series including food science series Harvest (BBC2), Food Factory (BBC1) and E Numbers: An Edible Adventure (BBC2), and three series of Cooking in the Danger Zone (BBC2) about global hunger and the politics of food. His programmes are shown in over 50 countries around the world. He also makes the acclaimed kids’ series Incredible Edibles and Gastronuts (CBBC). He appears as a guest on dozens of others from Newsnight to Blue Peter, and is a regular panelist on Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet. He has recently finished two BBC4 documentaries: Can Eating Insects Save the World? and Calves Heads and Coffee: the Golden Age of English Food. He has won several awards for his TV series and books.

Stefan gives numerous talks at Science Festivals, and has been guest director of Cheltenham Science Festival. He has written six books, performed 300+ live shows and is in production on a new series of BBC2’s Food and Drink. His latest book is Incredible Edibles.

Stefan studied English at Oxford University, then worked in feature film and TV comedy production by day, whilst cooking extraordinary food by night. One day, appalled at the timidity of British food writing, he started writing a book of food adventures to share with his friends, which brought him to the attention of the BBC who offered him his first TV series Full On Food (BBC2) in 2004. He is married to food photographer Georgia Glynn Smith. They have two children and live in North London.


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