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Stefan Gates
Born Stefan Gates
Occupation Television presenter and British food writer
Years active 1990 – present

Stefan Gates (born 1967) is a British food writer and television presenter.


Early life

As a child, Stefan, along with his sister Samantha, were photographed for knitwear patterns and appeared separately in commercials and TV dramas, including Poldark. They were the child models on the cover of English rock band Led Zeppelin's album Houses of the Holy (1973).[1] Stefan was aged five at the time of the photo shoot.

TV career

After leaving University, Stefan spent the first 16 years of his working life in film and TV - the jobs were varied and included: Assistant Director, scriptwriter, director and producer, finally ending up in BBC Comedy as a development producer. Due to his fascination with unusual foods he started writing about them and this led to him becoming a presenter and co-writer on the BBC Two series Full on Food in the winter of 2004.


Cooking in the Danger Zone

Stefan presents food programmes including three series of Cooking in the Danger Zone, which has been shown in 25 countries, as well as broadcast globally on BBC World News. In each episode of the series he visits crisis zones around the world such as Afghanistan, Chernobyl, Haiti and Burma where the living isn't easy and the food is unusual. This has gained him a reputation for travelling to difficult or extreme places[2] and eating unusual or shocking food[3][4]. The series won the Slow Food award for best TV series at the 2008 Slow Food On Film Festival, Bologna and was nominated for the 2009 Guild of Food Writers Food and Travel award.

Other TV programmes

Stefan also presents a children's TV series, based on his Gastronaut concept, called Gastronuts and produced by Objective Productions. The series was nominated for the 2009 Guild of Food Writers Broadcast of the Year award. He wrote and presented 'Feasts', broadcast on BBC4 in 2009 - it consists of three episodes, each one hour in duration. He also appears regularly on UKTV Food's Market Kitchen, Five's The Wright Stuff and BBC Two's Something for the Weekend.


Stefan has written three books, Gastronaut: Adventures in Food for the Romantic, the Foolhardy, and the Brave, winner of the 2005 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Best Food Literature Book. In 2008 a companion to the TV series Cooking in the Danger Zone was published, titled In the Danger Zone. He has also written 101 Dishes to Eat Before You Die.



  • Gastronaut (2005), ISBN 978-0563522720
  • In The Danger Zone (2008), ISBN 978-1846072642
  • 101 Dishes to Eat Before You Die (2009), ISBN 978-1407564418

Personal life

Gates is married to the food photographer Georgia Glynn Smith and they have two children.


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