James has always been interested in both science and art, poetry and rugby. His interests combine a great love of the outdoors and nature as well as a keen academic interest in history and environmentalism. A few years ago James specialised in environmental history at the University of York and gained a 1st class degree. He particular enjoyed studying anthropology and how historically people classify nature and their environment.
For Mortimer Country Food Fair 2014 he will be combining his interest in sustainable food production, with his love of outdoor cooking and the joy of foraging for ingredients.
Whilst at university James also started his TV career with ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ for BBC2, since then he has gone on to make ‘The Hungry Sailors’ and ‘Saturday Farm’ for ITV.
James lives near the river in Fowey and works on a beautiful Cornish smallholding. Digging the earth and growing fruit and vegetables keep him fit and healthy and have enabled him to learn about sustainability and self-sufficiency on a practical level. James takes a huge amount of pride in cooking good organic food for his wife, young son and baby daughter. Many of these family recipes feature in his range of cookery books.
In 2012 James co-founded the Posh Pasty Company™ and now spends all the time when he isn’t filming or writing making gourmet pasties and preserves. James also runs an online shop with his dad Dick Strawbridge that sells eco products. Eco Ark is his chance to select a catalogue of quality goods and to make video guides explaining how all of the latest green gadgets really work. The motto is ‘Taking the best on board’ and it is his attempt to paint over the green-wash that seems to abound in the online marketplace.