Fearnley-Whittingstall went to Eton and Oxford.
When he was 11 or 12 he was making and selling fudge ice cream. A short time later in 1988 Fearnley-Whittingstall was cooking a human placenta on TV Dinners on Channel 4.
The Observer has an excellent profile of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
In 2008, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall presented a three-part series on Channel Four, Hugh's Chicken Run as well as the series River Cottage: Gone Fishing, River Cottage Spring and River Cottage Autumn.
In 2011 he presented River Cottage Every Day on Channel 4.
In 2012, he presented River Cottage Veg, showing how he spent a summer as a vegetarian.