Stefan Gates

The Gastronaut Future Food Epicurean author Science Festivals Dogology

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 and most recently Secrets of Your Supermarket Food (Channel 5). His programmes are shown in over 50 countries around the world. He also made the acclaimed kids’ series Incredible Edibles and Gastronuts (CBBC). He is a regular panel guest on Channel 5’s The Jeremy Vine Show. He wrote and presented popular BBC4 documentaries: Can Eating Insects Save the World? and Calves Heads and Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food. He was a reporter on new series Travels with my Goat for Insight TV and has won several awards for his TV series and books. 

Stefan performs live science shows at Festivals and schools all over the UK with concepts such as Fartology, Weirdology, Chocolatolgy and his most popular long running show the Gastronaut. He has written eight books including Fartology: The Extraordinary Science behind the human fart and Science You Can Eat: Putting what we eat under the microscope. Stefan’s latest two books Catology and Dogology both take a deep dive into the weird and wonderful science behind our fury friends behavior. 

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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