Nigel Slater supplants Delia as UK’s favourite TV chef

A food magazine survey has revealed that not only have British people’s cooking habits changed, but so has their preference for TV chefs, reports.

The survey, launched to mark Olive magazine’s tenth anniversary, named Nigel Slater as the country’s favourite celebrity cook, while previous winner Delia Smith languished at the bottom of the list. She garnered just seven per cent of the votes.

Slater, who won with 20 per cent, was chosen due to his ‘relaxed cooking style’ and use of seasonal ingredients, according to editor, Christine Hayes. He was followed by the Hairy Bikers and Michel Roux.

Smith won the magazine’s first poll in 2003 with 37 per cent of the vote.

A plethora of televisual foodies frequent the small screen these days, their popularity an indication of our continuing love affair with cooking and all things kitchen-related. According to, 55 per cent more people are ‘cooking from scratch’ than a decade ago, inspired by the likes of ‘The Great British Bake Off’.

It’s possible such shows may have prompted some home-owners to carry out kitchen renovations, providing greater work surface space and better storage for their newly-acquired equipment and bakeware.

The results also reflected a more economical approach to cookery – Slater often uses home-grown or locally produced ingredients.

Hayes added: “In the past decade, we have witnessed a period of profound change in the UK food scene. We are far more diverse in our tastes and seek out great value, whether cooking at home or eating out at home and abroad.