A pioneer of regional cooking


Michelin-star chef Nigel Haworth was born in Whalley, Lancashire, where his food roots remain heavily established today. From his initial training in Lancashire, he embarked on a culinary journey covering London, Scotland and Switzerland, before returning home to take over the kitchen as Head Chef at then Northcote Manor in 1984. By 1995, Nigel was celebrating the Egon Ronay Chef Of The Year award. Just a year later, he gained his first Michelin star, which he has retained ever since.

As a chef, Nigel has helped define the path of modern British cooking through his championing of regional produce and traditional dishes, inspiring countless others to follow his local, seasonal model. He has also become a popular presence on TV, enthralling audiences with his appearances on hit shows including Masterchef, Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen.

For more than three decades, Nigel has been the driving culinary force behind Northcote. In that time, he (along with co-founder Craig Bancroft) transformed its unique location in the small village of Langho, Lancashire, into a place of gastronomic pilgrimage. On any given service, foodies from across the globe might rub shoulders with visiting, world-renowned chefs, and passionate locals.

Today, Nigel is still writing new chapters in his incredible story. In addition to his role as culinary ambassador for Northcote, he continues to grow his hugely successful Obsession festival. Nigel also shares his extraordinary skills, knowledge and talent through partnerships with global brands and businesses, who rely on the expertise of the NH Brand to ensure similar success.

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