Author & Producer
Presenter & Writer BBC2 Food Channel
Gormand World Cookbook Award
Stefan Gates is a gastronaut. An epicurean desperado prospecting for flavour in the culinary hinterland. He loves wild culinary quests, weird foods and hardcore feasting, and he positively revels in destroying the kitchen every time he cooks. His approach to cookery is irreverent, eclectic and occasionally repulsive, mainly because he sees food not as fuel, but as a catalyst for adventure, revelation, laughter, war, sex, love and hate. He is rather prone to experimentation in the kitchen, which can be both unpredictable and unsettling when you’ve just dropped round for a bite to eat.
For some reason, Stefan feels that it’s his responsibility to pack as many gastronomic experiences as possible into his short time on earth, even if it makes him sick. He does have serious moral and ecological earth-saving reasons for this but they are tenuous at best. Basically, he’s a thrill seeker. It is to his eternal chagrin that cannibalism has been discredited as a popular branch of gastronomy, but if he were a cannibal, the person Stefan would most like to eat is Nigel Slater (and he means that in the nicest possible way).
Stefan is a BBC comedy producer/director turned oven-monkey whose entire career in film and telly can be traced back to the mistaken impression that walkie-talkies are cool. He was also a presenter on BBC2’s mould-breaking primetime show Full On Food, which launched in November 2004. Stefan’s first book Gastronaut: Adventures in Food for the Romantic, the Foolhardy & the Brave, was published by BBC Books in 2005. Stefan has also written features for food magazines including Waitrose Food Illustrated (2006). He is currently writing a tie-in book for Cooking in the Danger Zone.
Stefan co-presented Food Uncut for UKTV Food throughout 2006 and BBC 2 is airing his series, Cooking in the Danger Zone, in a primetime slot at present. He is currently filming series 3 of Cooking in the Danger Zone.
Full on Food – Presenter, BBC2, 2004
Great Food Live – Presenter, UKTV Food, 2005
Food Uncut – Co-Presenter, UKTV Food, 2006
Cooking in the Danger Zone - Series 1 & 2 Presenter, BBC2 & BBC4, 2006 & 2007
Gastronaut BBC Books, 2005
Cooking in the Danger Zone BBC Books 2008
Olive Magazine Columnist, 2005
Waitrose Food Illustrated Features, 2006
Stephan Gates The Gastronaut Blog