Nigel Slater (born 9 April 1958 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands) is an English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has written a column for The Observer Magazine for over a decade and is the principal writer for the Observer Food Monthly supplement. Prior to this, Slater was food writer for Marie Claire for five years. He also serves as art director for his books.
Young Nigel Slater attended Woodfield Avenue School, Penn, West Midlands. He moved to Worcestershire as a teenager and attended Chantry High School where he enjoyed writing essays and was one of only two boys to take cookery as an O-Level subject. He used food to compete with his stepmother - the former cleaning lady - for his father's attention. Their biggest battle was over lemon meringue pie - his father's favourite. His stepmother refused to divulge her recipe, so Slater resorted to subterfuge in order to turn out his own version. "I'd count the egg-shells in the bin, to see how many eggs she'd used and write them down. I'd come in at different times, when I knew she was making it. I'd just catch her when she was doing some meringue, building up that recipe slowly over a matter of months, if not years."