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    Nigel Barden is a food & drink presenter on the Sony Gold winning Chris Evans Show on BBC Radio 2, the Robert Elms Show on BBC London & the Shaun Keaveny Show on BBC 6 Music.  Formerly he was a Yorkshire based wine merchant, before heading off to drama school in London, in 1990, when he also started reviewing restaurants on GLR.

    Nigel is also rugby correspondent for BBC London Radio & every weekend can be heard commenting on Guinness Premiership & European Heineken Cup games.  He filmed a BBC documentary on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, & narrated the World Power Boat Racing, for Channel 4.

    He has judged the Britvic Business Food & Drink Journalist Awards for the past 3 years. He compered the launch of Nintendo Super Mario, the Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2005-6, the Havana Club & Stolichnaya Cocktail Championships & presented a piece on the International Cocktail Grand Prix in Cuba, for BBC1.  In 2005 he fronted the Cuban Music Awards Concert in Battersea Park.  He contributes to the BBC1 Inside Out programme & filmed a piece on Freegans, having lived as one.

    As a host, he has fronted the Ratatouille Launch in Paris for Pixar Films (Jan 2008), The Northern Hospitality Awards (April 2008), London Wasps Hall of Fame Dinner (Nov 2007), the Great Taste Awards 2007/08 at The Royal Garden Hotel, Glenfiddich Food & Drink Awards 2006, The Knorr National Chef of the Year 2006/08 at The Dorchester, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2005 at The Royal Exchange, the Theme Bar Awards 2006/07/08 in Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham & the final at The Hurlingham Club in London, with co-host Chris Evans.  Also the Flavour Bar Awards 2004 & 2005 at The Savoy & Whisky Live 2005, at The Royal Horticultural Hall.  Live kitchen demonstrations at BBC Good Food Show, the Restaurant Show, Restaurant Live & the Gordon Ramsay Taste of Christmas, interviewing Heston Blumenthal, Nigella Lawson, John Torode, James Martin, Angela Hartnett, Jason Atherton, Alan Yau, Michel Roux, Gordon Ramsay, Manjit Gill from Bukhara, New Delhi & Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, California.  Amongst numerous others are the Norwegian Seafood Challenge, the Too Many Critics dinner for the charity Action Against Hunger (for the past 5 years) & a fashion & wine show for Thierry’s, at The Aquarium, St Katharine’s Dock, with 20 contributors from 12 different countries.  The International Wine Challenge Awards 2007/08.

    He’s presented & contributed to many live TV shows, such as The One Show (BBC 1), Market Kitchen (UKTV), 5’s Company (Pearson TV for Channel 5), The Really Useful Show (BBC1), Eat Drink & Be Healthy, & Butch Cooks (Granada Sky Broadcasting), In search of the Hardys Wine Idol (UK Food TV).  He works regularly for BBC Radio’s 2, 4 & 5, primarily as a food & drink journalist (Johnny Walker, Jeremy Vine, Nicky Campbell, Simon Mayo Shows & You & Yours). 

    He was food & drink editor of Maxim magazine (90 issues), ‘threesixtyº’ travel magazine & contributes to The Daily Telegraph, Observer, Independent & Whisky Magazine, as a food, drink & travel journalist. In 2004 he retraced the “Whisky Smugglers’ Steps” in Speyside for the Independent & enjoyed himself so much that he recently returned with a film crew & helicopter.

    In 2003 he reached the latter stages of the BBC New Comedy Awards for Stand-up Comedy & co-hosted the launch of the Islington Festival, with Rory Bremner. Nigel continues to work as an actor & voice over artist (such as The Culture Show 2008).

    Nigel’s married to a Sicilian temptress, with 3 suitably confused Lancastrian/Italian boys of 8 & under - gulp.