The Baking Festival wouldn't be what it is without Nigel our resident baker and master of ceremonies.
Having spent a lifetime in the hotel and catering industry, Yorkshire born and bred Nigel has worked at some of the UK’s biggest and busiest hotels. He also spent time overseas at the highly acclaimed French cookery school Ecole Le Notre where he picked up a wealth of experience and knowledge in areas of specialist patisserie work.
In 2007 Nigel filmed and produced a set of three cookery DVDs and launched his fabulous cookery academy in North Lincolnshire. Nigel’s academy is said to be Lincolnshire’s finest cookery school.
In between running courses at his cookery academy, Nigel regularly demonstrates at top food festivals and events throughout the UK. Amongst some of his more memorable achievements he was featured in a celebrity chef calendar (with his clothes on!) and over the years has catered for Nelson Mandela and Princess Anne.
In January 2012 Nigel became a regular recipe columnist for The Lady Magazine online.
2013 saw Nigel front a nine part foodie TV series, Haloodies. The show was broadcast to 136 countries around the world.
2014/15 was a busy year with delivering courses at the academy along with Nigel’s many food festival appearances across the UK and his commitment to charities that included running pop-up restaurants for CASE a Hull based charity that runs a disabled adults learning centre.
2015 - the year that Nigel headed up the national campaign #EatWhatYouLike, a campaign that raised an eyebrow or two but gained much support from the nation as the campaign message was and is, eat what you like and live life to the full, everything in moderation is good for you.
A marriage of food and wine followed in the autumn/winter of 2015 as Nigel teamed up with Wine Rack UK to deliver food and wine tasting events at all of their new high street Wine Rack store openings across the UK, don’t worry if you missed one, more will follow in 2016!
With an unrivaled passion for sharing his wealth of expertise in the world of good food Nigel had his first cookery book, NB. HOW TO COOK published in 2015. Within 2 months of the books publication it rightfully received its first award from the GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS, winning the prestigious title of BEST COOKERY SCHOOL BOOK IN THE UK.
2016 will see Nigel embark on a national tour, Cookbook Live with Nigel Brown, and also in the early planning stage is An Audience with Novelli & Brown, a brand new show that will showcase both Nigel’s and his good friend Jean-Christophe’s latest cookbooks as they cook and entertain audiences with their amazing recipes and euro patter!