Nigel was formerly a Yorkshire-based wine merchant, and a land agent.
Nigel Barden is the food and drink presenter for BBC London TV, Radio and Online. Formerly he was a Yorkshire-based wine merchant, and a land agent before that. However, in 1991 he headed off to drama school in London, when he also started working on radio.
Nigel is rugby correspondent for BBC London Radio and BBC News 24 TV and every weekend during the season does full match commentary on Guinness Premiership & European Heineken Cup games. He filmed a BBC documentary on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Keeping the nautical theme, Nigel narrated World Power Boat Racing for Channel 4. He frequently hosts a 4 hour music and chat radio show for BBC London.
He has judged the Britvic Business Food and Drink Journalist Awards for the past 3 years. He compered the Time Out Food and Drink Awards, the Havana Club & Stolichnaya Cocktail Championships and presented a piece on the International Cocktail Grand Prix in Cuba, for BBC One. In 2005 he fronted the Cuban Music Awards Concert in Battersea Park . He regularly contributes to the BBC One Inside Out programme and filmed a piece on Freegans, which went to air in January 2006.
Nigel has presented and contributed to many live TV shows, such as 5's Company (Pearson TV for Channel 5), The Really Useful Show (BBC One), Eat Drink & Be Healthy and Butch Cooks (Granada Sky Broadcasting), as well as In search of the Hardys Wine Idol (UK Food TV). He works regularly for BBC Radio's 2, 4 & 5, primarily as a food and drink expert.
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