Nick Weston

Nick Weston

Author

Nick Weston is a foraging expert, broadcaster and chef. He grew up in the Ashdown Forest in Sussex and spent much of his youth grubbing about in the woods, fishing, shooting and building camps. After studying Archaeology, specialising in Hunter-Gatherer Societies, he decided to forego digging holes for a living and headed to London to work in the events industry as both a set designer and chef.

In 2007, Nick spent three months in the Cook Islands as the resident ‘survival expert’ for the Channel 4 series Shipwrecked, where he passed on his skills to his fellow islanders. In 2009, longing to quit the London rat race, he headed to the Sussex countryside and began work on his home for the next six months: a treehouse. The aim was to live as self-sufficiently as possible, completely off-grid as a 21st century hunter-gatherer. As a result of this experience,

Nick’s first book, The Tree House Diaries: How to Live Wild in the Woods, was published by Anova Books in 2010. He has also written a column for Reader’s Digest, featured in his tree house on numerous news broadcasts and radio shows and been interviewed by national newspapers.

His foraging & Cookery school ‘Hunter Gather Cook’ was established in March 2011 with the construction of the HQ. Nick’s vision was to create a ‘Hunter-Gatherer’ school that blended a mixture of foraging, animal butchery, outdoor cookery techniques and bushcraft with an emphasis in living comfortably in the great outdoors and creating high-end dishes using wild produce. Hunter Gather Cook runs a huge range of seasonal and specialist courses from deer in day and mushroom hunting to home brewing and wild cocktails- they received glowing reviews for their workshops at Wilderness Festival in 2013.

Nick is also sponsored by Element, the biggest skatebrand in the world, and is involved with their advocate program teaching wilderness skills on skatecamps across Europe and consulting on all things wild.

Publications

Nick Weston @HuntrGatherCook

Just posted a photo @ Lewes, East Sussex https://www.instagram.com/p/CFfB7-jBdgG/?igshid=1icrlev0s6xv3

Just posted a photo @ Lewes, East Sussex https://www.instagram.com/p/CFZ5PKgBaNS/?igshid=bsg4xdgz9b2c

Just posted a photo @ Lewes, East Sussex https://www.instagram.com/p/CFPznyHBiTM/?igshid=1flfp8peuxiw8

Just posted a photo @ Lewes, East Sussex https://www.instagram.com/p/CFK0sFBBxos/?igshid=11fg1cqyq5x9r

Just posted a photo @ Lewes, East Sussex https://www.instagram.com/p/CFFklEOBynb/?igshid=rsaalmmbsz4c

To the dudes at @inlivingcolouruk @arcadebeltseurope keeping the HGC teams trousers up. Big love guys x @ Lewes, East Sussex https://www.instagram.com/p/CFARbPGB8I2/?igshid=1cgdn59nkaw84

Just posted a photo @ Lewes, East Sussex https://www.instagram.com/p/CE_6nXfhTdI/?igshid=1cdrh5nhiyp0b

My goodness the piggies are popping! Ceptember looking good! #ceps #piggies #porcini #pennybuns #mushrooms #foraging #wildfood #huntergathercook @ Mushroom Kingdom https://www.instagram.com/p/CE4K8pWhIkB/?igshid=z4gtrlworwjg

This little piece of flint has quite some story behind it, a blade from a Mesolithic tool kit that is 7600 years old. Back in the day when I was studying archaeology at uni, had to do 2 weeks onsite work on a site… https://www.instagram.com/p/CE2CAR6Brkh/?igshid=171l8ifbz5ocp

Oh haaaay! After hours at HGC shepherds barn torturing oysters. Hay smoked first with a smattering of Parmesan, garlic & parsley from the patch, torched and then flambeed with a wee dram of @bruichladdich Port… https://www.instagram.com/p/CEzS4jHh3Cm/?igshid=gc3cvu8nm38v

Another nice little find in my mum’s loft... #port #spenny @ Lewes, East Sussex https://www.instagram.com/p/CEt-rTqhK44/?igshid=zzwt3yr888l5

We have a few spaces remaining for the epic @DJ_BBQ vs @HuntrGatherCook fire fuelled extravaganza on Saturday 19th September at HGC Shepherds barn for our 5th annual instalment. Join us for a day of virtually all… https://www.instagram.com/p/CEontlNsxO_/?igshid=171fywrs1x9po

Got a few tickets available for the 5th annual instalment if the epic @DJ_BBQ vs @HuntrGatherCook on Saturday 19th September at #shepherdsbarn An incredible day of food, fire and learning virtually all the fire… https://www.instagram.com/p/B3MXpqzBhGT/?igshid=1tz7h7ilr01j9

First frenchies on the first day of the season from our home turf on Firle estate. My favourite game bird hands down. #partridge #gameon #fire #smoke #wildfood #huntergathercook #shepherdsbarn @ Lewes, East Sussex https://www.instagram.com/p/CEmh5S2h5Kt/?igshid=1x3os1axwkkf2

Nice little package from kaiwhenua this morning, my bro @ChefMattburgess making some awesome things- the jerk salt is killer! Looking forward to them meeting some stuff off the BBQ this weekend... #kaiwhenua #grill… https://www.instagram.com/p/CEbkMDlBhyE/?igshid=k1ikw5jdv32r

Bunny Quesadillas. Devastatingly good- photo by @lordloftus for the HGC cookbook. Recipe included. If you find yourself with a glut of rabbits- confit the lot and you’ll have some of the finest meat for 101 rabbit… https://www.instagram.com/p/CEZncxMh_i4/?igshid=1xp12msihmukv

Fresh hunter in from @blenheimforge this is the knife we designed with them a couple of years ago- absolutely sensational all round butchery blade and rather conveniently, perfectly ergonomically designed for show I… https://www.instagram.com/p/CEWjwVNhSUU/?igshid=jkl280a7qb4z

Ignition. Fire steel on King Alfred’s cake/ cramp ball fungus with the @morakniv Eldris. Placed into a tinder bundle and blown into flame. If your going to cook on fire, learning the fundamentals will put you on the… https://www.instagram.com/p/CEUofFFsqTh/?igshid=50wvhsg0bjjj

Hot smoked wood pigeon crown, braised red cabbage & grilled sparrowgrass. Fine dish from the HGC cookbook shot by the formidable @lordloftus (the photo, not the pigeon). #fire #smoke #woodpigeon #shooting #cookbook… https://www.instagram.com/p/CESCIiEhGFI/?igshid=oeqh34fqtod6

Amazing stay, awesome food and some excellent fly flicking @ghstockbridge our #homeawayfromhome getting the little man into some fish with clarebelleofweston & b_dog_weston cheers guys- thanks for having us down… https://www.instagram.com/p/CEPQSGzBWdZ/?igshid=ximf26v0ku8s