School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters
Wolverhampton-born Nigel Slater worked for restaurants and hotels before finally running his own kitchen preparing food for photographic shoots. In 1988 he became the Observer Magazine’s food editor, shortly after which he published his first book Real Fast Food, which has sold over a million copies.
He is now the author of ten cookery books including the classics Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries. In 2003 he published Toast – the Story of a Boy’s Hunger, a book about his childhood growing up in Wolverhampton. It became a bestseller, winning six major awards and is currently being made into a film.
Nigel has made four television series including Real Cooking, Simple Suppers and A Taste of My Life, where he interviews well-known actors and writers about their lives, told through the food they have eaten.