Sir Clement Raphael Freud (24 April 1924 – 15 April 2009) was an English broadcaster, writer, politician and chef. He was the grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and the brother of artist Lucian Freud. Freud was one of Britain’s first “celebrity chefs”, having worked at the Dorchester Hotel, and went on to run his own restaurant in Sloane Square at a relatively young age. As well as this, he had various newspaper and magazine columns, and was later a familiar face on television for his appearance in a series of dog food commercials (at first for Minced Morsels, later Chunky Meat) in which he co-starred with a bloodhound called Henry (played by a number of dogs) which shared his trademark “hangdog” expression. In 1968, he wrote the children’s book Grimble, followed by a sequel, Grimble at Christmas, six years later.
Whilst running a nightclub he met a newspaper editor who gave him a job as a sports journalist. From there he became an award-winning food and drink writer. He was Liberal Member of Parliament for the Isle of Ely constituency (later North East Cambridgeshire) from 1973 to 1987. On his election, he was hailed as the first Jewish Liberal MP for decades (though he had become Anglican at the time of his marriage). His departure from Parliament was marked by the award of a knighthood. For many, Freud was best known as a panellist on the long-running Radio 4 show Just a Minute, in which his deadpan delivery was popular with audiences. Freud died without resolving a feud with his brother Lucian, thought to have dated back 70 years, over which of them was the rightful winner of a boyhood race.
Freud performed a small monologue for the Wings 1973 album Band on the Run and appeared on the album’s cover.
In 1974, he was elected Rector of the University of Dundee and served two three-year terms.
A generation later, in 2002, he was elected Rector of the University of St Andrews, beating feminist and academic Germaine Greer and local challenger Barry Joss, holding the position for one term.
He appeared as a panellist on the comedy game-shows Shooting Stars (in 2002) and Have I Got News For You (in 2001 and 2003).
1968 – Grimble – illustrated by Quentin Blake
1973 – Grimble at Christmas – illustrated by Quentin Blake
1978 – Freud on Food
1980 – Clicking Vicky
1981 – The Book of Hangovers – 1982 paperback version illustrated by Bill Tidy
1983 – Below the Belt
1988 – No one Else Has Complained
1989 – The Gourmet’s Tour of Great Britain and Ireland
2001 – Freud Ego
2009 – Freud on Course – The Racing Lives of Clement Freud