Stefan Gates

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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 a number of 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 made the acclaimed kids’ series Incredible Edibles and Gastronuts (CBBC). He makes guest appearances on dozens of other shows from Newsnight to Blue Peter, and is a regular panelist on Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet. He has completed the BBC4 documentaries: Can Eating Insects Save the World? and Calves Heads and Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food. Stefan 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 2017 book, Insects: An Edible Field Guide, explores the origins of insect eating, tips on finding edible bugs as well as providing some ideas for how to eat them once tracked down, whilst his latest book, Fartology: The Extraordinary Science behind the Humble Fart, is self-explanatory!


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.

• Food & Drink presenter BBC2 Feb 2013
• Incredible Edibles II Writer/presenter CBBC March 2013
• Can Eating Insects Save the World? Writer/presenter BBC4 March 2013
• Calf’s Head and Coffee: the Golden Age of English Food writer/presenter BBC4 Dec 2012
• Food Factory presenter BBC1 August 2012
• CBBC’s Olympic Games Challenge presenter CBBC August 2012
• Incredible Edibles I writer/presenter BBC1/CBBC March 2012
• Ecomaths presenter BBC Learning Feb 2012
• E Numbers: An Edible Adventure Writer, Presenter and Associate Producer, BBC2, July 2010
• Gastronuts – Series 1 & 2 Writer/Presenter, BBC1/CBBC September 2008 & February 2010
• Feasts. Writer & Presenter, BBC4 May 2009
• The Wright Stuff regular panellist, Channel 5, 2008-2013
• Cooking in the Danger Zone Three series, writer/presenter, BBC2 & BBC4, 2006, 2007 & 2008
• Market Kitchen Guest – various episodes, UKTV Food 2007-2010
• Food Uncut Presenter, UKTV Food, 2006
• Great Food Live Presenter, UKTV Food, 2005
• Full on Food Writer/Presenter, BBC2, 2004

Guest/reporter/panellist on:

Newsnight BBC2
Blue Peter BBC1
This Morning ITV
12 Again CBBC
Iron Chef USA Food Network
Today Show NBC
BBC Breakfast BBC1
Alan Titchmarsh Show ITV
Radio 6 Music
Newsround BBC1/CBBC
BBC London
Loose Ends Radio 4
Radio Scotland
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures Channel 5
You and Yours Radio 4
Sky News
PM Radio 4
Hackers Howlers CBBC
Market Kitchen Good Food Channel
The Hour STV
BBC World News


Fartology: The Extraordinary Science behind the Humble Fart Quadrille, 2018
Incredible Edibles Walker Books October, 2012
The Extraordinary Cookbook Kyle Cathie,
Stefan Gates on E Numbers Conran Octopus, 2010
101 Dishes to Eat Before You Die Parragon, 2008
Cooking in the Danger Zone Random House, 2008
Gastronaut BBC Books, 2005