Stefan Gates

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Stefan Gates
BornStefan Gates
(1967-09-19) 19 September 1967 (age 46)
London, England
OccupationTelevision presenter and food writer
Years active1990 – present
 
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Stefan Gates
BornStefan Gates
(1967-09-19) 19 September 1967 (age 46)
London, England
OccupationTelevision presenter and food writer
Years active1990 – present

Stefan Gates (born 19 September 1967, in London) is a British television presenter, author, broadcaster and live-show performer who writes mostly about food and science. He has written six books about extraordinary food and cooking, and has presented 14 TV series,[1] mostly for the BBC, including Cooking in the Danger Zone about unusual food from the world's more dangerous and difficult places. He develops half of these TV series himself,[2] including the CBBC children's food adventure series Gastronuts[3] and Incredible Edibles.[4] Gates presented BBC One's Food Factory, leading to debate about whether or not a change of lead presenter is good or bad for TV programmes.[5] He wrote and presented the BBC Two series E Numbers: An Edible Adventure,[6] Full On Food[7] and the BBC Four series Feasts.[8] Gates has also written and presented two BBC Four documentaries: Calf's Head and Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food[9] on food history, and Can Eating Insects Save the World?[10] on entomophagy. He appears as a guest on TV and radio programmes including Newsnight, Loose Ends, BBC Breakfast, Sunday Brunch, The Wright Stuff, Iron Chef, Blue Peter, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and This Morning. Gates is a panellist on BBC Radio 4's Kitchen Cabinet[11] and has made two radio documentaries. He also performs live shows and lectures, many at science festivals.

Early life[edit]

As a child, Stefan, along with his sister Samantha, were photographed for knitwear patterns and appeared separately in commercials and TV dramas, including Poldark. They were the child models on the cover of English rock band Led Zeppelin's album Houses of the Holy (1973).[12] Stefan was aged five at the time of the photo shoot.

Education[edit]

Gates was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford[13] in the 1980s, where he took a degree in English.

TV career[edit]

After leaving Oxford University, Stefan spent the first 16 years of his working life in film and TV - the jobs were varied and included: Assistant director, scriptwriter, director and producer, finally ending up in BBC Comedy as a development producer. Due to his fascination with unusual foods he started writing about them and this led to him becoming a presenter and co-writer on the BBC Two series Full on Food[14] in the winter of 2004. Stefan is currently working on Incredible Edibles for CBBC (Children's TV Show).

Cooking in the Danger Zone[edit]

Stefan presents food programmes including three series of Cooking in the Danger Zone, which has been shown in 25 countries, as well as broadcast globally on BBC World News. In each episode of the series he visits crisis zones around the world such as Afghanistan, Chernobyl, Haiti and Burma where the living is not easy and the food is unusual. This has gained him a reputation for travelling to difficult or extreme places[15] and eating unusual or shocking food.[16][17] The series won the Slow Food award for best TV series at the 2008 Slow Food On Film Festival, Bologna and was nominated for the 2009 Guild of Food Writers Food and Travel award.

Other TV and radio programmes[edit]

Stefan presents a children's TV series, based on his Gastronaut concept, called Gastronuts[18] and produced by Objective Productions. The series was nominated for the 2009 Guild of Food Writers Broadcast of the Year award. He wrote and presented Feasts, broadcast on BBC Four in 2009 - it consists of three episodes filmed in Japan, Mexico and India, each one hour in duration. In 2010 he presented a three-part series on food additives for BBC Two, E Numbers: An Edible Adventure. In 2012, he controversially took over the role of presenting of Food Factory on BBC One, after former presenter Jimmy Doherty left the BBC to join Channel 4. The series began airing on 25 June 2012.[19]

He also appears regularly on Five's The Wright Stuff and BBC Two's Something for the Weekend the Good Food Channel's Market Kitchen. In 2010 he presented a documentary for Radio 4, Stefan Gates' Cover Story, concerning his part in the Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy photoshoot.

Writing[edit]

Stefan writes articles for newspapers and magazines including New Scientist and BBC Food[20] and has written six books. The most recent is his first children's book Incredible Edibles[21] (2012). His first book was Gastronaut: Adventures in Food for the Romantic, the Foolhardy, and the Brave, winner of the 2005 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Best Food Literature Book. In 2008 a companion to the TV series Cooking in the Danger Zone was published by BBC Books titled In the Danger Zone. He has also written 101 Dishes to Eat Before You Die, Stefan Gates On E Numbers, which is a companion to the TV series E Numbers: An Edible Adventure and The Extraordinary Cookbook[22] (Kyle Books 2010).

TV[edit]

Radio[edit]

Books[edit]

Live shows[edit]

Gates performs 'food stunt shows',[26] mostly at science festivals such as Cambridge Science Festival,[27] Cheltenham Science Festival, The Big Bang Fair[28] and also at schools, theatres and food festivals including the BBC Good Food Show[29] and the Ideal Home Show.

Personal life[edit]

Gates is married to the food photographer Georgia Glynn Smith and they have two children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thegastronaut.com/index/TV.html
  2. ^ http://www.thegastronaut.com/index/About_Stefan.html
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/gastronuts
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/incredible-edibles
  5. ^ Heritage, Stuart (26 June 2012). "Can a change of presenter ever improve a show?". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tl4qk/episodes/guide
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0077hpp
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kq40b/episodes/guide
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00y4h9g
  10. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/bbcfour-new-commissions.html
  11. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bqvr7
  12. ^ Hewett, Rick (8 December 2007). "Solved: Mystery of the iconic Led Zeppelin album cover and its golden-haired children". MailOnline (London: Associated Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Stefan Gates autobiographical details
  14. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0077hpp
  15. ^ Independent Travel interview
  16. ^ Me and my travels The Observer, Sunday 9 July 2006
  17. ^ Pass the igunaq! - that's rotten, frozen walrus to you Independent Newspaper interview
  18. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/gastronuts
  19. ^ BBC One - Food Factory - Episode guide
  20. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/food/stefan_gates/
  21. ^ http://www.walker.co.uk/Incredible-Edibles-9781406339062.aspx
  22. ^ http://www.kylebooks.com/display.asp?K=9781856269216
  23. ^ Stefan's recipes on UKTV Good Food Channel web site
  24. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/comingup/stefan-gates-on-e-numbers/
  25. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rxjgw
  26. ^ http://www.thegastronaut.com/index/Live_shows.html
  27. ^ http://www.cam.ac.uk/sciencefestival/
  28. ^ http://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/home.cfm
  29. ^ http://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/

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