Raspberries and Rabbit

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Duration: 59 minutes

Our rabbit population is at its highest since 1950 and Clarissa Dickson Wright wants to revive our culinary heritage and get them back in our cooking pots. Gregg Wallace champions British raspberries as he discovers there is a deadly enemy threatening their survival.

Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace heads to Perthshire, where he comes face-to-face with an enemy that threatens the future of the British raspberry - root rot. He visits the remains of Tin City, an entire makeshift community where many Glaswegians enjoyed a holiday while they picked this valuable fruit. In the revival kitchen, he cooks three delicious dishes including his amazing raspberry pavlova.

Food writer and cook Clarissa Dickson Wright is as irrepressible as ever as she campaigns for the revival of wild rabbit. She investigates the history of this once highly valued animal, whose delicious meat would grace the tables of kings. She tries to get to the bottom of our prejudices to find out why we aren't eating rabbit anymore. At Anglia Ruskin University canteen, she persuades students to ditch their burgers for rabbit rolls but it is a challenge that even Clarissa finds tough.

  • Clarissa Dickson Wright

    Episode 1 - Rabbit
    Clarissa Dickson Wright found worldwide fame alongside Jennifer Paterson as one half of the much-loved television cooking partnership, Two Fat Ladies, and metropolitan fame as the manager of Notting Hill’s Books For Cooks. 
    Her subsequent BBC2 series Clarissa and the Countryman, with co-presenter Johnny Scott, was another stellar partnership and established Clarissa as a passionate champion of rural and country issues and pursuits. 

    Discover more of Clarissa's recipes on BBC Food
  • Gregg Wallace

    Episode 1 - Raspberries
    Gregg Wallace discovered his love for food and restaurants while working as a warehouseman in Covent Garden fruit and veg market. He started his first business at the age of twenty four. 
    His passion for fresh produce led him to appear on the Radio Four Food Programme, and now also presents MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and MasterChef: The Professionals.

    Discover more of Gregg's recipes on BBC Food
  • How to joint a Rabbit

    Clarissa Dickson Wright jointing a Rabbit
    Learn how to joint a Rabbit in this clip with Clarissa Dickson Wright.

    Watch the clip on BBC Food


Clarissa Dickson Wright
Gregg Wallace
Executive Producer
Bridget Boseley



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