Paul West is a passionate advocate of real food, community, regional living and sustainable agriculture. He is the host and presenter of Lifestyle Food’s top-rating program River Cottage Australia. Paul has filmed four series of the show, which follows his journey to grow an abundance of farm-fresh food and then cook and share it with his local community.
Paul regularly hosts cooking demonstrations at food festivals around Australia and cooking classes at the River Cottage Farm in Tilba, NSW. He is a passionate supporter of many charities, including National Parks and Wildlife Foundation, OZ Harvest, Earth Hour, REAP and NEST.
Paul is trained as a chef and has worked in all areas of food production, from WWOOFing (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) around Australia, growing fruit and vegetables, to cooking in the bistro of Melbourne’s renowned Vue de Monde – where Paul served his apprenticeship as a chef and met his partner, Alicia.
Both thirsty for a change and passionate about connecting to how their food was grown, in 2012 Paul and Alicia packed their bags and headed across the Bass Strait to Tasmania. It was while tending a flourishing home veggie patch there that Paul was offered the opportunity to host River Cottage Australia and move to beautiful Central Tilba, where the show is filmed and he currently lives with Alicia, baby son, Otto, and their trusty canine companion, Digger. Having turned his back on haute cuisine Paul has since become the poster boy for sustainable farming and organic food.