KEO films, the makers of River Cottage, are on the search for the next Hugh down under.
The award-winning TV indie has penned a deal with with Australian broadcaster Foxtel and The Lifestyle Channel to launch the first international TV version of River Cottage.
The new version, featuring a new Aussie presenter who will be mentored by Hugh, is set to create a new benchmark, embracing all the River Cottage fun-filled adventures in a celebration of the seasons.
Hugh will visit Australia in the New Year and feature in the first series, testing his new apprentice's foodie know-how, their enthusiasm for all things wild and organic and resilience in setting up a sustainable farm.
"It’s brilliant to be taking River Cottage down under," said Hugh.
"Australia’s a country I have long wanted to get to know.
"We’ve had some lovely Aussies visit us here at River Cottage HQ in Devon and it’s high time I repaid the compliment.
"I know there are great things happening with local, seasonal wild foods and I can’t wait to tap into them.
"And I’m looking forward to meeting some Aussie Hughs. At least I think I am!"
Hugh swapped the city for the countryside 15 years ago, setting up River Cottage orginally near Bridport in Dorset before re-locating it to its current location outside Axminster in east Devon.
Fans in Australia are invited to apply to be the next Hugh by visiting the LifeStyle website here.