Michelin Star Chef
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Whether it’s haute-cuisine or regional and rustic food, Nigel Haworth is your man. As a native Lancashire lad, Nigel might easily be described best by one of his award winning dishes, Lancashire Hotpot: local; rustic; and laced with nostalgia.
After leaving college, he set off on a culinary journey, working in such places as the Royal Berkshire in Ascot, Grosvenor Hotel in London and Gleneagles Hotel. He spent time in Switzerland perfecting his patisserie skills as well as working with Natalie Viscardie, one of the finest chefs in Switzerland, based at the Schweizerhof Hotel.Returning to England he became a culinary lecturer teaching those skills to others.
In 1984 Nigel became Head chef at Northcote Manor (http://www.northcote.com/). Ten years on and Nigel was celebrating an Egon Ronay Chef of the Year Award, one year later a Michelin star followed - which has been retained ever since. Nigel's dedication to the craft of cooking has enabled the restaurant to continue to thrive with a glowing reputation. In 2009, Nigel won the main course final of BBC2's Great British Menu with his Lancashire Hotpot and he continues to mentor chefs on this highly successful BBC series. He made his BBC Saturday Kitchen and Market Kitchen debuts and continues to make regular appearances. In September 2009, Nigel was also awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ in the North West Tourism Awards. 2010 saw Nigel swap his chefs’ whites for a cap and gown when he received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire for promoting the use of regional produce.
His reputation as a chef of great skill and finesse sits alongside his desire to champion rustic and true "terroir". Over the years, Nigel has gained the respect of many of the greatest chefs from all over the world and as a testament to him they return to Northcote year on year to take part in the revered Obsession Food and Wine Festival.