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Nigel Slater

Observer food writer and the author of Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger...

09/04/1958 -
  • Born in Wolverhampton, Nigel Slater began cooking at an early age. He worked in restaurants around the country from the age of sixteen. He then moved to London and became a recipe tester and a cook for food photography.
  • In 1988, he joined Marie Claire magazine as the food editor. By 1993, he was writing about food for the Observer's Life magazine and his first book, Real Fast Food, was published.
  • Eschewing fancy techniques and over-elaboration, he has perfected a beautifully simple, yet richly evocative writing style and a clear, no-nonsense cooking style to complement that.
  • Nigel has been awarded Food Writer of the Year several times and branched out into TV with the series Real Food. He won a Glenfiddich Award for his autobiography, Toast, which was made into a TV film, starring Freddie Highmore and Helena Bonham Carter.

Book and writing awards

Glenfiddich Cookery Writer of the Year Award 1995, Best Newspaper Cookery Journalist Award, 1999, André Simon Award 2004 (Toast), British Biography of the Year Award 2004 (Toast) and British Book Award 2006 (The Kitchen Diaries).

Similar authors to Nigel Slater

Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson.