TV Chef puts Squirrel on his Menu… courtesy of the air rifle!

Sciurus carolinensis - aka grey squirrel - is a meaty favourite for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Sciurus carolinensis is a meaty favourite of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. PHOTO: © Nigel Allen

Television presenter and celebrity chef of River Cottage fame, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has declared that while cutting down on wheat and dairy (for health reasons), he’s a little partial to squirrel meat!

The controversial personality revealed in a Daily Telegraph interview that his 15-year-old son, Oscar, “shoots squirrels for their meat with an air rifle.”

Apparently, they’ve been on HF-W’s menu at River Cottage for over a decade: “I’ve been seen killing and cooking them on my television programmes on two occasions,” said Hugh, “so I think it’s obvious that I’m comfortable making them part of my diet.”

Well-known airgun authority Nigel Allen is the editor of Britain's award-winning shooting magazine, Airgun Shooter (available worldwide). Email:

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