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

Last chance to book onto our epic @DJ_BBQ vs @HuntrGatherCook Christmas edition. A few spaces left- bookings shut tomorrow evening as there are birds to be shot, truffles to forage and prep to begin- so happy to have… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nwzQjhdgx/?igshid=bh9tesi54qjs

Huevos rancheros- HGC style, full whack of slow cooked venison chilli, 3c leek salsa and a baking in the clay oven at the Treehouse, lovingly put together by cptmorgan89 for the HGC cookbook shot by @lordloftus #fire… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lClJchnlN/?igshid=6qusxm9oy23o

Selling fire to the masses since 2011. Cramp ball fungus or king Alfred’s cake (daldinia concentrica) has been a solid part of firelighting for thousands of years and fire is central to what we do at HGC. Pictured… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5dXSgAB7ZK/?igshid=35v1d1aywedn

HGC Gift tokens available on our website for all our courses at the Treehouse and Shepherds barn- hit up link in bio. For all your wild educational needs- fire cookery, foraging, game butchery, wild cocktails, fly… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5aaLoLh8cV/?igshid=qjnzplk2jh7f

And once the mallard has been smoked and grills it lands in this awesome salad with chicory, yarrow, pomegranate, rocket, dandelion & cured egg yolk. A beautiful combination of all 6 flavour sensations. Photo for the… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5YgiInBRUl/?igshid=eptne6ork485

To celebrate #gbgameweek our hot smoked mallard with a hogweed seed rub gently done for 5 mins in the chamber over cherry sawdust and finished on the grill. More fine fodder from the HGC cookbook by the man, the… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5YfsREBEDC/?igshid=111hq703zbk3v

Awesome vid I got from when I was living in a Treehouse back in 2009. Whilst fishing for my tea, caught a chub and this pike that was only 2/3rds bigger decided to try and have a go... #esox #pike #predator… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5XdTXchfm1/?igshid=1ut192thebbgc

Great British Game week is here! since we began in 2011, here at HGC we are passionate about educating as many people as we can about all game species and how to butcher, cook, cure, smoke & consume them through the… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5VrzFDhS55/?igshid=1bhy0fjv2t9v8

What are the chances @arthurstrees & I both have our trusty steeds in for an MOT at the same time and both failed. Had to have half the landy chassis replaced due to some serious corrosion (see 2nd video) and the… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5VQXM6hWNI/?igshid=1f963jdgsl67y

Asadors fired up, lovely bit of Firle lamb, 45 in for an HGC banquet this evening at Shepherds barn. food_fire_knives in his happy place. #fire #smoke #wildmenu #foraging #banquet #hintergathercook #shepherdsbarn @ Firle https://www.instagram.com/p/B5NsTnXBBBb/?igshid=m75nvletsx6

Join us for the first Wild banquet at HGC Shepherds barn: @HuntrGatherCook X sexto_colectivo a Mexican inspired wild food/game 6 course taster menu in the middle of nowhere cooked over fire. Headed up by Juan… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5FnIE1hOza/?igshid=1xpqx5n096neg

We keep some sharp thingys on our walls at the barn. Photo by @foragesussex @ioshenknives @fingalferguson thisiswhatwedoo and my dads #martindalemachetes which he had in the 1970’s when my parents lived in Jamaica.… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5DvzObhc1U/?igshid=fcetaa8a0yfj

Super humbled to be amongst @bbcgoodfood magazines top cookbooks for 2019. Thank you so much guys and @barneydesmazery can’t believe it was 14 years ago I doing work experience there! Good times. Quite happy to have… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5An-H0BIlK/?igshid=1ff3c6inco63r

Roasting pheasant from @firleplace in the clay oven at the treehouse with oak & hornbeam from our wood. Beautiful shot by the legend @lordloftus of the bird that went on to be the front cover of the HGC cookbook.… https://www.instagram.com/p/B5AmNfzhgpa/?igshid=ufcrba0ozcz3

Without your team you are nothing, these awesome human beings have been the backbone of HGC, since 2011 we have been collecting the best individuals to deliver the most incredible experiences all over the UK and… https://www.instagram.com/p/B49teS6hy59/?igshid=1s4t1v5vyr6xp

Awesome day at HGC shepherds barn todaytrying to make niklasekstedt jealous of our hearth (unlikely!) fine work from the team today and such a lovely inch of peeps on the course. One qoute I will never forget ‘I… https://www.instagram.com/p/B48NWtrB3sU/?igshid=4whe5py43v6e

b_dog_weston biggest truffle to date weighing in at 188g found today by forthesmall my wife always finds the biggest truffles! Good work team Weston! All set for tomorrow’s Deer in a day course. #wildfood #foraging… https://www.instagram.com/p/B45HdEcBBVZ/?igshid=17mv2zoemdwzj

How much truffle is too much truffle? Pheasant ballotines getting a good dousing over a slab of Brie before hitting the fire. Cheers b_dog_weston for the beauties. Fine shot from @lordloftus for the HGC cookbook-… https://www.instagram.com/p/B424nq8hwZt/?igshid=17wfvz8rlfon8

A few optional extras fitted at the barn today: @arthurstrees cunning wood storage device either side of the wood burner and some things for our guests to hang there coats made of Hazel. Good work lad #courses… https://www.instagram.com/p/B40H-jPBCgN/?igshid=6nc33qwgfb25

Behold- the buttermilk pheasy burger with all the trimmings: streaky bacon, salad from the garden, smoked roasted garlic mayo & 3c leek with a smattering of Monterey Jack and HGC fermented hot sauce packed full of… https://www.instagram.com/p/B4x204KB9HP/?igshid=1nv11co5mnnby