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