Behind the scenes – Nigel Slater’s kitchen

One of my most viewed posts to date is a blog post I wrote almost two years ago about Nigel Slater’s kitchen. It’s been a hit for good reason; because his kitchen is awesome. Beautiful charcoal hues, a strong presence of wood, clean lines and those bi-fold floor to ceiling windows. I still want and need all of that in my life.
It came as a complete shock when one day I got an e-mail from Rudi Thackray – the man and genius behind designing Nigel’s set. And for good measure, he also designed Lorraine Pascal’s Fast Fresh and Easy Food set, the Aquatics Centre Entrance for the 2012 London Olympics, Heston Blumenthal’s Perfection set and The Jonathan Ross Show set to name but a very small few. Um, woah. 

Rudi saw the hype on my site about his kitchen, and got in contact looking to share some inside info and crack the illusion behind the set. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, so I built up some courage and asked if he had any sneaky behind-the-scenes stuff. He did.

Just for you guys, here are a few exclusive behind the scenes pictures and a slight insight into Nigel’s kitchen …

What looks like a relatively small set {in terms of TV shows}, contained within an existing back garden outside of London, Rudi and his team have us all fooled. In the picture above, you can see the step that carries through into the ‘garden’ below. 

Below I did a mock-up of what I think to be roughly the layout of the set.  I took a stab and guessed the guy in the red shirt {in the 5th picture} was standing at the set entrance. From here, the rest is guess work and that the timber walls you see in the 4th and 5th picture are faux stone walls which you can see in the doorway of the 2nd picture. 
Here I was, utterly convinced such a place actually existed. I will forever attempt to figure out TV sets now. A massive thank you again to Rudi for sharing his exclusive pictures, and for anyone curious, you can check out my original post on Nigel’s kitchen here
xx A

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  1. December 26, 2013 / 02:25

    The question is who made the fantastic bifold doors and are they wood or aluminium?

    • April 22, 2014 / 13:55

      Hi Deborah – so sorry I'm only replying to your question now. I spoke with the designer and he said they were bespoke designed and made set of bi-fold doors specifically for the set, made by his team of carpenters in Brighton.

      If you're looking for further details, l could put you in contact with the carpenters.

    • February 11, 2016 / 06:45

      Great writing

  2. January 30, 2017 / 19:12

    These kitchens are truly stunning! I love the green and black colour schemes. It suits the room very well. All of them are just beautiful! I love the idea of everything having a place. First-class publish! Hope you enjoy your new kitchen!

  3. October 7, 2017 / 19:37

    Can you please tell me who the hob manufacturer is? I really like the black hob with stainless steel edging.

  4. Mike
    November 8, 2022 / 09:36

    This was just what I was looking for! Nigel Slater is currently on TV with his Christmas recipes and I was curious about his kitchen – I ‘suspected’ it was a set, but not to the extent you show here. Thanks so much for this insight; it gives me ideas!