Nick is a respected celebrity chef who became the youngest Scottish chef to win a Michelin star in the early 1990s. He is best known as one of Ready Steady Cook’s regular chefs.
Born and brought up in the village of Port of Menteith in Stirlingshire, Nick began his working life as a navigator in the merchant navy before enrolling at Glasgow’s College of Nautical Studies. Student poverty and a desire to recreate the exotic dishes he’d experienced on his travels drove him to teach himself to cook, and in 1986 he opened his first restaurant, which won him the Scottish Field and Bollinger Newcomer of the Year Award. Four years later he became the youngest chef to earn a Michelin star for his restaurant in Scotland.
Nick Nairn went on to open Nairns restaurant in Glasgow in 1998 and a cook school in 2000 at Lake of Menteith. In 2003, he sold his restaurant in Glasgow to concentrate on the cookery school, although he also undertakes a range of corporate work.
Nairn was a regular chef on BBC’s popular Ready Steady Cook from 1995 and presented the Wild Harvest and Island Harvest television programmes in the 1996 and 1997. He has written a number of books and columns for newspapers and magazines and has appeared on a range of television programmes, including a stint as the main presenter on the BBC Scotland programme Landward from 2007 to 2009.
In 2008 he defeated Tom Lewis in the Scottish heat of the BBC television series Great British Menu. He went on to cook a main course of Roe venison for Queen Elizabeth II and 250 guests at the Mansion House for her official 80th birthday celebration.
Nairn was awarded an honourary doctorate by the University of Stirling in 2007 for his contributions to Scottish cooking and healthy eating campaigns.
From restaurateur to celebrity chef, Nick Nairn has had a long and pioneering career in the UK food industry. A familiar face to many due to his high-profile television appearances, Nick is equally famous for his staunch support of top quality Scottish produce, and passionate advocacy of healthy eating.
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He uses every possible opportunity to promote his passions; his burning ambition being to make his fellow Scots enthusiastic about the wonderful natural produce that surrounds them.