Wilfred was born in Jamaica and raised in Birmingham, unqualified but persistent, he talked his way into television, where he become a producer/director. He was responsible for introducing chefs like James Martin, Antony Worrall-Thompson, Brian Turner and Gordon Ramsay to the small screen – but he’s now known simply as The Black Farmer.
After a stint in TV, Wilfred fulfilled his ambition to own a small farm in Devon. This in turn led him to launch a range of sausages and sauces under the Black Farmer label. He had spotted that while many farmers had lost any contact with the customer, he could engage directly with them and even persuade them to lobby supermarkets on his behalf.
Wilfred’s brand now extends to country clothing. Flavours without Frontiers (the strap-line on all his products) sums up Wilfred’s personality and philosophy, and he refuses to be confined by race, convention or tradition. His forthright opinions on rural affairs and what he sees as justice for small producers often arouse media attention.
Wilfred has won entrepreneur awards and in his presentations he argues that everyone must take personal responsibility for their actions, no matter how disadvantaged. The alternative is to slide into a culture of victim-hood. As part of his own commitment to broaden horizons, he has launched a scholarship to give young people from inner city communities an opportunity to experience life in a rural environment.
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