Nigel is one of Britain’s best-loved cookery writers and a firm believer that it’s possible to make a tasty meal just as quickly as fast food. He has written a column for The Observer Magazine for over a decade and is the principal writer for the Observer Food Monthly supplement. Prior to this, Slater was food writer for Marie Claire for five years.
Born in Wolverhampton, Nigel Slater began cooking at an early age. He worked in restaurants around the country from the age of 16, and then moved to London to became a recipe tester and a cook for food photography.
He gained an OND in catering at Worcester Technical College in 1976. He then worked in restaurants and hotels in the UK, before becoming a food writer for Marie Claire magazine in 1988. He became best known for uncomplicated, comfort food recipes presented in early bestselling books such as The 30-Minute Cook (1994) and Real Cooking.
Despite having written for food magazines since 1988, first at Marie Claire Magazine, then for the Observer, then in his own recipe books, it took a long time before he could be persuaded to transfer his skills to TV.
It was in 1998 that Slater hosted the Channel 4 series Nigel Slater’s Real Food Show.
He returned to TV in 2006 hosting the chat/food show A Taste of My Life for BBC One and BBC Two. In 2009 he presented the six part series Simple Suppers on BBC One, and a second series the following year.
Nigel has published several recipe books, the first of which was Real Fast Food, published in 1993. His food writing has won him numerous awards, and his autobiography, Toast: A Story of a Boy’s Hunger, earned him a Glenfiddich Award.
Slater became known to a wider audience with the publication of Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger, a moving and award-winning autobiography focused on his love of food, his childhood, his family relationships (his mother died of asthma when he was nine) and his burgeoning sexuality.
Slater has called it “the most intimate memoir that any food person has ever written”. Toast was published in Britain in October 2004 and became a bestseller after it was featured on the Richard & Judy Book Club.
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