BOSH!
Born
  • Henry Firth
  • Ian Theasby
NationalityBritish
OccupationChefs
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2016 - Present
GenreCooking
Subscribers166 thousand[1]
Total views14.6 million[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers

Last updated: 6 May 2022

BOSH! is a duo of British vegan chefs from Sheffield consisting of Henry Firth and Ian Theasby.[2][3] They rose to fame in 2016 with the launch of their YouTube channel,[4] and have gone on to host the ITV1 television programme Living on the Veg[5] and author a number of books. Their eponymous vegan cookbook ranked fifth in the Sunday Times Bestsellers chart in 2018,[6] and is among the top 50 best-selling UK cookbooks of all time.[7]

Early life

Firth was born in Hackney, a district of East London, in April 1984. Son of a teacher and professor, he worked in the tech industry for 12 years after leaving Sixth Form, for various companies including Blacks, Arcadia Group and Drum&BassArena. Theasby's originates from Sheffield. Born in the Yorkshire city in August 1984, he is the son of a nurse and a teacher. He worked in the fashion industry after leaving school, choosing not to attend university. Firth and Theasby's relationship began at the age of 11 when the pair attended High Storrs School in Sheffield.[8][9]

The pair became vegan in the mid-2010s: Theasby aimed to give something up each month and after an alcohol-free January, decided on giving up meat for February and additionally giving up dairy in March. The pair watched the documentary Cowspiracy together, after which Firth became vegan. They were concerned over the environmental impact of meat production.[10][11]

Career

In 2016, Firth and Theasby launched BOSH.TV,[4] a social media channel publishing videos of vegan cookery. The name BOSH! was chosen because it "sound[ed] fast and fun and the very opposite of fussy",[12] a mantra they took into their video production style. The duo adopted a camera style similar to that of other YouTube food brands like BuzzFeed Tasty, with the hope that the vegan nature of their content would help set them apart. BOSH's initial success came in the form of a 'healthy sushi cake' video, which hit 3.5m views on Facebook,[13] and a viral 'watermelon Jagerbomb' video which racked up 20 million views across all platforms.[14] A profile in The Times dubbed them "the vegan Jamie Olivers".[15]

In 2018, BOSH! released their first vegan cookbook of the same name. It became the UK's best-selling vegan cookbook of all time, and one of the 50 best-selling UK cookbooks.[16][7] It received a British Book Award and a PETA Vegan Food Award.[17][18] They subsequently published several further cookbooks and the book How to Live Vegan. Their first book reached 350,000 UK sales in 2018. By 2022, the pair had reached a million sales from books published in 60 countries in eight languages. At this point the revenue from UK print sales (excluding lockdown periods) was £6 million, from 600,000 sales.[19]

Alongside their range of cookbooks, Firth and Theasby brought BOSH! to British television screens in 2020 with their ITV1 show Living on the Veg.[5] The 10-part series[20] was ITV's first vegan cooking programme,[21] and featured a series of recipes cooked by Firth and Theasby and a guest who talks about food and their work.[20]

BOSH! have appeared on television programmes such as Good Morning Britain,[22] This Morning,[23][24] BBC Breakfast,[25] Sunday Brunch,[26] and The Today Show.[27][28] They were interviewed for BBC Radio 2 by presenters Claudia Winkleman[29] Michael Ball[30] and Jo Whiley.[31]

BOSH! products

BOSH! launched a range of plant-based products into supermarkets nationwide across the UK.[32][33] The range of products includes cake mixes, savoury mixes, store cupboard products, sweet treats and ready meals, with the intention of encouraging individuals to adopt the vegan diet.[34]

As well as being stocked in all major UK supermarkets, BOSH! products are all available in Costa Coffee shops UK-wide.[35][36][37][38]

Books

Partnerships

Awards and honours

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "About BOSH.TV". YouTube.
  2. ^ Blackledge, Richard (21 November 2019). "Sheffield's BOSH! to present their own TV series about vegan cookery". The Star. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  3. ^ Scott, Catherine (26 January 2020). "Meet the vegan sensations from Sheffield who now have their own TV show". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b Morrisroe, Clare (2021-06-09). "How BOSH! have spent the last five years on a mission to make veganism cool". Metro. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  5. ^ a b Carpani, Jessica (18 January 2020). "Waitrose apologises for offending vegans by advertising meat and dairy during ITV's first plant-based cooking show". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  6. ^ Times, The Sunday. "Books: The Sunday Times Bestsellers of the Year, 2018". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  7. ^ a b Smith, Rachel (2020-07-06). "BOSH! is officially in the top 50 UK cookbooks of all time after selling 300,000 copies". Vegan Food & Living. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  8. ^ "Star Interview: The Sheffield friends with an online audience of millions for meat-free recipes that don't moralise". www.thestar.co.uk. 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
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  14. ^ "Watermelon Jägerbomb Punch", Facebook, retrieved 2022-08-16
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  16. ^ Chiorando, Maria (2018-08-13). "EXCLUSIVE: BOSH! Book Officially Bestselling Vegan Cookbook Ever". Plant Based News. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  17. ^ "British Book Awards: Sally Rooney's Normal People wins Book of the Year". The Irish Times. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  18. ^ "PETA Vegan Food Awards 2018". People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Retrieved 24 December 2022.
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  21. ^ "Living on The Veg: First ITV Vegan Cooking Show Airs This Sunday". The Flexitarian. 2020-01-09. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
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  24. ^ admin (2018-06-22). "The boys from Bosh giant vegan burrito recipe on This Morning". The Talent Zone. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  25. ^ "Bestselling authors BOSH! support National Vegetarian Week 13–19 May". Vegetarian Society. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  26. ^ "Sunday Brunch - This week's line up is looking 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Ross Noble, Kerry Howard & Kara Tointon will be around the table, along with Django Django who are performing at the end of the show. Guest chef Jo Pratt is cooking a creamy vegetarian pie, and the lads Ian & Henry from Bosh will be showcasing some of their incredible vegan desserts. Same time, same place 😉". Facebook. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
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  28. ^ Culture, Wholesome (2018-05-18). "BOSH! Brings Vegan to the Today Show!". Wholesome Culture - Blog. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  29. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - Claudia on Sunday, BOSH!, BOSH! chat to Claudia about their new vegan cookbook". BBC. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  30. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - The Michael Ball Show, Thunder and BOSH!, BOSH! talk about Veganuary". BBC. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  31. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - Jo Whiley & Simon Mayo, Bosh!, Jacqueline Wilson Confession, School Run Hacks". BBC. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
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  35. ^ Smith, Victoria (2021-03-02). "Costa partners with BOSH! to launch vegan Ultimate Chocolate Slice". Vegan Food & Living. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  36. ^ "Costa Coffee And BOSH! Team Up To Launch Vegan Chocolate Cake - The Vegan Kind Blog". TheVeganKind. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  37. ^ "Enjoy a feel-good start to the New Year with Costa Coffee's new food menu!". Costa. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  38. ^ Gilliver, Liam (2021-02-24). "Costa Coffee Partners BOSH! To Launch 'Ultimate' Vegan Cake Slice, Says Insider". Plant Based News. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  39. ^ Team, The Metal Packager (2021-01-08). "BrewDog and BOSH! launches alcohol free vegan beer". The Metal Packager. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
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  42. ^ Chiorando, Maria (2018-11-21). "Tesco's Derek Sarno Partners BOSH! To Create 'Vegan Christmas Feast'". Plant Based News. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  43. ^ "Tesco and Bosh Present "Vegmas" - vegconomist - the vegan business magazine". 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  44. ^ "BOSH! and Kettle Foods launch Vegan 'Sheese & Onion' Chips". Totally Vegan Buzz. 2019-12-16. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  45. ^ "Kettle Chips x BOSH! 'Cheese or Sheese?'". Ciara O'Meara. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
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