Nigel Haworth is chef patron at Michelin-starred Northcote. His cuisine highlights British produce and ingredients, earning esteem for his delicate balance of hearty tastes and refined aesthetics.

Following intensive training at Rossendale Catering College in Lancashire, Nigel embarked on a journey that would take him from Schweizerhof Hotel in Switzerland to Gleneagles in Scotland before landing a highly-covetable job at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

In 1984, Nigel was offered the role of head chef at Northcote, earning a Michelin star in 1985, which he has maintained, among a slew of other awards. Most recently, Nigel has opened the Northcote Cookery School in the restaurant’s kitchen.  


FOUR Questions with Nigel

Describe your culinary philosophy in 5 words...

To cook ingredients at source. 


How did you feel when you were awarded your first Michelin star?

It felt ecstatic – it was an amazing feeling. But better still is the feeling of retaining it for 29 years!


What is your greatest inspiration?

The land and the regional characters. 


What three things would you take to a desert island?

Box of matches, Death’s Door Gin and a rowing boat with a female crew!


  • Michelin star, 1985 – Northcote
  • Egon Ronay Chef of the Year, 1995
  • Prince Philip Medal, 2004
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006
  • Winner Great British Menu, 2009



Northcote Rd, Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire BB6 8BE, UK

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