We are delighted to announce that former England Rugby captain and legendary tight head prop Phil Vickery MBE, DL has agreed to become a Patron of The Country Food Trust.

Phil represented England 73 times and represented the British and Irish Lions 5 times in tours to South Africa and Australia. Phil was a member of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winning squad playing in all 7 matches in that competition, and was England Captain at the 2007 Rugby World Cup where they reached the finals. On the club front Phil spent 11 years at Gloucester representing them 145 times and earning his nickname The Raging Bull at that club. He moved to Wasps in 2006 and appeared for them 54 times before retiring in 2010 due to injury.

Early retirement allowed Phil to focus on his successful clothing company Raging Bull and he rose to public prominence again as a dab hand in the kitchen winning the 2011 series of Master Chef. He was awarded an MBE in 2003, appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2015 and is an ambassador for The Prince of Wales Trust  In June 2017 he became a non-executive director at Creed Food Services.

Phil is the son of dairy farmer and his bother still runs the family farm in Cornwall. He has a passion for the outdoors, farming, the countryside and for inspiring people to eat well. We are delighted to announce he is joining our existing Patrons, cricketer David Gower and restaurateur Mark Hix.