Nigel Barden

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Nigel Barden is a food and drink broadcaster, who works on the Simon Mayo Drivetime Show on Greatest Hits Radio and previously on Scala Radio. He was also on air with Simon and Chris Evans, on their Sony Gold award winning BBC Radio 2 shows for 12 years and he’s worked with Robert Elms on BBC Radio London for 27 years. He specialises in promoting British ingredients and artisan producers, particularly in his role as chairman of judges for The Great Taste Awards, Farm Shop & Deli Awards, World Cheese Awards, British Cookery School Awards, Deliciously Yorkshire, and host of The North West Family Business Awards, National Fish & Chip and Ice Cream Alliance Awards. Nigel hosts the Chef Demo Stages at Tom Kerridge’s ‘Pub in the Park’ festivals throughout England. 

His own radio show “Barden’s Soundbites” was on Scala Radio and saw Nigel playing music inspired by food & drink. On TV “Nigel Barden’s Drivetime Dishes” airs on Amazon Prime and Simply Good Food TV. His first podcast was “A Grand Hotel by Corinthia”, a 3 part series featuring chef Tom Kerridge and the Corinthia Hotel and he’s currently championing artisan food and drink producers in his podcast for Britannia Living.

During lock-down Nigel presented live tastings for the British Cheese Weekender, highlighting the plight of the artisan cheese making community and hosted the Virtual Cheese Awards over the past two years, a 6 hour live event. He fronts the UCFF (Universal Cookery Food Festival) monthly ‘Chefs Banter’ and sat on the industry panel debates for Sodexo Foods. Nigel was the voice of the ‘Sea For Yourself’ radio campaign for Seafish, the public body supporting the seafood industry & was filmed cooking in his own kitchen. He interviewed numerous producers online for the Food & Drink Wales Cluster.

Nigel hosted the cocktail hour, to close 8 hours of the National Fruit Show, which was held virtually for the first time in 87 years in 2020. He also regularly hosts online cheese & wine tastings, often linking up with tasters abroad.

During lockdown, footage of ‘Cooking with the Barden Boys’ with Nigel and his 3 sons was posted on Instagram and twitter @NigelBarden. For the dishes he cooks weekly on Greatest Hits Radio, check out

He is currently recording a new football video game, for which he’s the commentator.

In a former life Nigel was a director of Yorkshire Fine Wines. He grew up on a farm in Lancashire, studied land agency at the Royal Agricultural College and worked in Yorkshire as a land agent. Nigel’s also a BBC rugby commentator and trained as an actor. His wife is from Sicily and they have 3 boys under 25

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