May 13, 2011
Nathan Outlaw, who grew up in Kent, always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, also a chef, with whom he started cooking at the age of 14. Far from being a soft touch, his dad piled on the pressure to introduce his son to the reality of restaurant life.
After training, Nathan worked under mentors including Gary Rhodes, John Campbell and Rick Stein, whose restaurant brought him to Cornwall. Here, he would open his own venture, the Black Pig. Within eight months, his restaurant had earned Nathan, aged just 25, his first Michelin star; another swiftly followed.
Nathan has remained in Cornwall, as head chef at a luxury B&B and various hotel restaurants. He describes his cooking style as clean and simple British cuisine that uses the best local produce.
Jo Pratt is a food stylist, writer, presenter and home economist. As former food writer for ELLE magazine, writing and featuring in her own food pages, Jo is now Food Editor for GLAMOUR magazine. Named as one of Waterstone’s “Authors for the Future”, her first book – The Nation’s Favourite Food was published by BBC Books in 2003, and her second book In The Mood For Food hit the shelves in February 2007 to rave reviews. Jo’s third book, In The Mood For Entertaining was published also by Penguin, summer 2009. Book number four is currently in the process of being written.
Jo’s experience has resulted in her recipes being featured in numerous places including Saturday Mail Weekend Magazine, Sainsbury’s magazine, Olive magazine, BBC Good Food magazine and on the BBC Food, Good Food Channel and Good To Know websites. As well as being in print and online, Jo and her recipes have featured on many TV shows such as Saturday Kitchen, Great Food Live, Taste, Soapstar Superchef and Market Kitchen. She has become a regular guest chef on ITV’s Daily Cooks Challenge.
Born in Wolverhampton, Nigel Slater began cooking at an early age. He worked in restaurants around the country from the age of 16, then moved to London and became a recipe tester and a cook for food photography.
Nigel Slater is one of Britain's best-loved cookery writers. Despite having written for food magazines since 1988, first at Marie Claire Magazine, then for the Observer, then in his own recipe books, it took a long time before he could be persuaded to transfer his skills to TV.
Nigel has published several recipe books, the first of which was Real Fast Food, published in 1993. His food writing has won him numerous awards, and his autobiography, Toast: A Story of a Boy's Hunger, earned him a Glenfiddich Award.