Bob Kennard, author of Much Ado About Mutton - the story of mutton and how to enjoy it now.
Bob Kennard has championed quality mutton for over 20 years and his support for independent abattoirs has been honoured with a ‘Best Campaigner Award’ from BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.
With a degree in Agriculture, as a young man he spent over a decade in Nigeria, Swaziland and Malawi, working hands-on with livestock and small-scale farmers and then as an advisory consultant with bodies including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the EU. He continues with this international consulatncy work today.
Back in the UK, from 1988 to 2009, he and his wife Carolyn set up and ran Graig Farm Organics, a pioneering and multi award-winning organic meat company, which worked with local farmers selling their mutton and other meat throughout the UK. They also established a large organic livestock farmers’ marketing group selling lamb and beef nationwide.
Bob was a leading figure in the campaign to maintain the UK’s network of small and medium-sized abattoirs and cutting plants. He has been involved in the development of the organic sector in the UK, in the Mutton Renaissance group, and as an advisor to various bodies including the Welsh Government.
Currently working with the National Sheep Association, on their Heritage Sheep initiative, developing the promotion and market for Britain's over 60 breeds of native sheep, together with mutton, and the unique landscapes they are reared in.
He has also recently been advising the American Lamb Board on promoting mutton in the US.
He appeared in Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast on mutton on Channel 4, 22nd December 2017.
Book Bob for Talks about the story of Mutton
Bob also gives talks about mutton, and works with restaurants to accompany special Mutton Dinners with background and insights about mutton between courses. If interested in either of these, please contact him here.
Much Ado About Mutton
The title of the book is not as original as we thought.
This was made in 1947 ..........
"Hubba, hubba, hubba, I'm a glutton for that mutton."