Hello! Welcome to my web site

I hope that you enjoy it. Here you will find news of my latest books, articles and television programmes as well as news from the beekeeping garden and work as a caterer and freelance chef.

The site is designed to give you a flavour of my work, and bring you in touch with the cookery schools, restaurants and wilder places I work in, such as the Antarctic. I'll let you know through my blog where I will be demonstrating and teaching, so you can come along and say hello.

Right now the site is being constructed by MC3 - a smashing lot based in the heart of the Pennines - more content will be added to the site very soon, but for now you might want to check out my latest book - 'Bees and Beekeeping Explained' - out this week, or a couple of features coming up in the brilliant BBC Good Food Magazine.

Happy Cooking!

Gerard

watching king penguins from the kitchen window

I am currently sat by my kitchen window, in Larson House, a small shed of a building at one end of a small group of similar, but differently sized buildings that make up the King Edward Point research station here in Cumberland Bay, South Georgia. From our front door to the sea is about 20 meters, and for the better part of each day, the flat, scree covered rock is home to a shifting population of moulting king penguins, fur seal pups and the occasional sea elephant.

Arrival on South Georgia

Following a calm, warm and tranquil passage from the Falklands, the team I am working with arrived at Grytviken on the north shore of South Georgia on, I think, Sunday morning. We are so lucky that the weather was kind to us - the ship we had chartered, the Ernest Shackleton, was full to the brim with our supplies - food, fuel and rat poison, amongst other things. Oh, and three helicopters and a team of amazing men and women who are going to take part in the largest rat eradication ever attempted over the next few months.

about to fly from Brize Norton

just driven down to Oxfordshire to Brize norton with mum and the dogs - all ready to fly to the Falklands.

contact form now working!

Well - thanks to Graham, my contact form is now up and running - working well too! Just getting ready to head off to South Georgia on Sunday, so I will be posting some information about a conservation project I am involved in as the week goes on - watch this space! Gerard

Fishing for stories...

Today the South Georgia Government announced the creation of the largest Marine Protection Zone in the world, at just over 1 million square kilometres. The area covers a huge area of the southern ocean around the islands of the Scotia Arc, and includes a complete no take zone of 12 miles from the coast of the island in addition to other distinct no take zones in areas that are particularly important because of their ecology. Why, you may well ask is this important?

blue whales and wandering albatrosses

Back in Port Stanley now after a epic, beautiful and bumpy journey back from South Georgia aboard the Hans Hanson, a small ship owned by the Poncet family. I had sailed with Jerome and Dion many years ago - for this trip, Dion was captain - a hugely competent sailor. 13 on board - not sure if that was unlucky or not, but in the end the trip was so amazing, I don't think it can have been. Sailing west from the research station at King Edward Point, we spent a day heading out to Bird Island, literally a stone's throw from the western tip of South Georgia itself.

seal rescue

My second to last day here. God I wish I was staying for a bit longer. Still, life must go on and there are things to do back at home. Today was an interesting one. A channel four film crew arrived to do some work on fish. But, more importantly for me, I went for a walk to Sooty Bluff and saw some seals. Lovely, noisy, farty mad giant Elephant seals and angry buy fey Fur seals that like to chase but not to bite, too often....Occasionally, though, there is chaos in the mad world of Fur seals. Five million of them live in the Southern Ocean, and 80 per cent of them on South Georgia.

bbq summer

A hot weekend here on South Georgia. Saturday was calm and still - perfect for cooking with the kitchen door open. I've been trying to perfect recipes here for the base members who, in the normal run of work, cook each day for one another. So, having useful bread recipes which work given their kitchen/oven/tins etc is a bonus. There has been a good deal of interest with almost all of the base members attending bread classes with me since I have been here. It's enjoyable - teaching people the few bits and bobs that really make a difference.

seal weigh-in!

bloody rain! today of all days, rain was not required here - for this was the day that we planned to weigh and sex a hundred fur seal pups and 50 penguin chicks. The activity, coordinated by base member Alastair, was part of a regular monitoring programme over at Maiviken - an hour or so's walk over the hill to the west. Torrential rain, thankfully not much wind, greeted the ten or so of us ass we set off on our task - armed with flasks, hugh's brownies and full of high spirits....

seal weigh-in!

bloody rain! today of all days, rain was not required here - for this was the day that we planned to weigh and sex a hundred fur seal pups and 50 penguin chicks. The activity, coordinated by base member Alastair, was part of a regular monitoring programme over at Maiviken - an hour or so's walk over the hill to the west. Torrential rain, thankfully not much wind, greeted the ten or so of us ass we set off on our task - armed with flasks, hugh's brownies and full of high spirits....

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