School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure;
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters
Nigel Slater was born in Wolverhampton and attended Woodfield Avenue School in Penn. He moved to Worcestershire in his teens before embarking on a wandering apprenticeship in the catering trade. He settled in London in the 1980s working for restaurants and hotels beforefinally 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 best seller, winning six major awards including the British Biography of the Year and the André Simon Memorial Prize. The book is currently being made into a film.
Nigel has made four television series including Real Cooking for Channel Four and A Taste of My Life for BBC2 where he interviews well known actors and writers about their lives, told through the food they have eaten. His latest series, Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers will be shown this autumn on BBC1.
He lives in North London and continues to write his weekly column for the Observer. He is a keen gardener, and grows many of his own vegetables, a hobby of which he writes in his latest book Tender.