Nick Nairn

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Nick Nairn
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Born (1959-01-12) 12 January 1959 (age 60)
Stirling, Scotland
Culinary career

Nick Nairn (born 12 January 1959 in Stirling) is a Scottish celebrity chef. He became the youngest Scottish chef to win a Michelin star in the early 1990s.[1]

Early life[edit]

Nairn was born in January 1959 and grew up in the village of Port of Menteith in Stirlingshire.[2][3] He attended McLaren High School in Callander[4] before joining the merchant navy at the age of 17 in 1976, serving until 1983.[3][5] He now lives in Buchlyvie, Stirling.


Despite a lack of formal training, he opened his first restaurant, Braeval near Aberfoyle, in 1986.[1][3][6] The restaurant won a Michelin star in 1991,[7] making Nairn the youngest Scottish chef to win a star.[1][2]

Nairn went on to open Nairns restaurant in Glasgow in 1998 and a cook school in 2000 at Lake of Menteith.[1][3] In 2003, he sold his restaurant in Glasgow to concentrate on the cookery school, although he also undertakes a range of corporate work.[3][6] In 2012 he opened his second cook school, which is located in Aberdeen.[8]

Nairn was a regular chef on BBC's popular Ready Steady Cook from 1995 and presented the Wild Harvest and Island Harvest television programmes in the 1996 and 1997.[6] He has written a number of books and columns for newspapers and magazines and has appeared on a range of television programmes, including a stint as the main presenter on the BBC Scotland programme Landward from 2007 to 2009.[3][9] In 2008 he defeated Tom Lewis in the Scottish heat of the BBC television series Great British Menu. He went on to cook a main course of roe venison for Queen Elizabeth II and 250 guests at the Mansion House for her official 80th birthday celebration.

Nairn was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Stirling in 2007 for his contributions to Scottish cooking and healthy eating campaigns.[1][10] He was awarded a second honorary doctorate from Abertay University in June 2016. [11]

In December 2017 Nairn was the victim of an assault in Aberdeen.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e Chef and football legend honoured, BBC News website, 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
  2. ^ a b Nick Nairn, BBC Food profile. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Nick Nairn Esq., DeBretts. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
  4. ^ Nicholas Cameron Abell Nairn Frost's Scottish who's who. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
  5. ^ Battle of pots and pans: famous chefs go head to head as Ramsay comes north, Daily Record, 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
  6. ^ a b c Nick Nairn, Good Food Channel profile. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
  7. ^ Nick Nairn, BBC Good Food profile. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
  8. ^ Celebrity chef Nick Nairn opens new cookery school in Scotland, STV News. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  9. ^ Press Office – Nick Nairn serves up new-look Landward, BBC, 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2011-04-28.
  10. ^ TV chef Nick Nairn and Footballer Alan Hansen among Stirling summer honours, University of Stirling, June 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
  11. ^ "Abertay announces honorary degree recipients for Summer Ceremonies". 12 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Celebrity chef Nick Nairn assaulted". BBC News. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.

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