Nellie In The Press

Contributing to BBC Breakfast News

Nellie comments on BBC Breakfast TV about the current food shortages caused by Brexit and the Covid pandemic.

Commenting on ITV News on Nando’s closures due to chicken shortage

The Secret World of… A documentary by Channel 4

The Secret World of Ice-cream

I was delighted to contribute to this programme on the history of Britain’s favourite ice cream from when I was involved in the Wall’s Ice Cream commercials in the 80’s. The programme takes a look behind the scenes of the nation’s favourite treat, and the battles fought by the early inventions from Wall’s and Lyons Maid, to the introduction of the more up market and luxurious Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s.

The Secret World of Ice-cream

The Secret World of Sandwiches

As Head of Food at Pret twice from its very early days, and having worked in the sandwich industry throughout the last thirty years, it was a pleasure to recount so much of its history for this episode of The Secret World of Sandwiches.

The Secret World of Sandwiches

These two episodes and others from the series, can be watched live or online:

The Mail on Sunday logoOne of Britain’s leading food consultants

Nellie contributed to a recent article in the Mail on Sunday about how plant-based vegan imitation foods should be labelled. You can read the full article here:
The words sausage, bacon and steak should be BANNED when describing plant-based vegan imitations, farmers say

McDonalds article in The TimesI was delighted to contribute to The Sunday Times article on McDonald’s post pandemic growth

McDonald’s has been a success story during the Corona virus lockdown. The chain is now recruiting thousands of workers and opening new restaurants across the United Kingdom.

Nellie was consulted for her opinion on why McDonald’s has fared so well recently, and you can read her comments and the full article here:

BBC Essex: VAT reduction for the Food Industry

Nellie Nichols talks to BBC Essex about the Chancellor’s reduction in VAT to give much needed help to the UK hospitality industry following the lock down due to Covid-19.

Nellie Nichols talks to BBC Essex

Nellie Nichols tells BBC ESSEX we should be supporting Essex Chinese restaurants and takeaways. It’s after concern that the spread of coronavirus is putting consumers off Chinese restaurants and takeaways.

BBC Essex radio interview

Listen to the BBC Essex interview here:

Nellie Nichols on Radio Scotland

Nellie talks about vegan products and meat alternatives on Radio Scotland.

BBC News

Nellie Nichols appears on the BBC News to comment on KFC’s operational issues which caused hundreds of their restaurants to close temporarily.

Nellie Nichols talks about London takeaway deliveries on Radio London

Nellie Nichols speaks to Georgey Spanswick

Listen to Nellie Nichols’ radio interview with Georgey Spanswick on BBC Local Radio.

Quality Food and Drink Awards 2015The Quality Food and Drink Awards 2015

In 2015 I developed a range of 17 chilled sauces for M&S, one of which was Blacksticks Blue Cheese Sauce which won a Q Award in the category of Sauces and Salad Dressings.

The British Sandwich Industry Award 2009

In 2009 Nellie won The British Sandwich Industry Award. Read the full article here: Coronation of the Sandwich Queen

Britain’s 100 Most Influential Women 2003

Daily Mail, March 2003

Nellie Nichols
Job: Head of Food Development Pret A Manger

On-Duty: Nellie – who learned to cook when catering for her father, after her mother died when she was a child – is the right-hand woman to the sandwich bar chain’s founder Julian Metcalfe. For the past ten years, as Pret has expanded from seven to 70 stores (now going global under its new owner, McDonald’s) she had developed new ideas and fillings, including the best-selling All-Day Breakfast and a new No Mayo range.

Off-Duty: A single mother with a young son living in South London, Nichols cooks in her spare time, too, making all her own jams, marmalades and chutneys. She loves horse riding and water skiing, holidays in Mauritius and shops at Prada and Gucci. She can also be found hunting for antique silverware at car boot sales.

Did You Know: It can take up to three months to perfect a new sandwich recipe.

Download the full Daily Mail article

You can download the full article as a PDF by clicking on the image below:

Nellie in the press - The Daily Mail

Nellie's feature in the Daily Mail

Nellie’s feature in the Daily Mail