Nancy Lam

Celebrity Chef

Nancy Lam is a celebrity chef famous for her Oriental food and television appearances.

She was born in Singapore in 1948, the next to youngest as one of 10 children, to an Indonesian Mother and a Chinese Father. Her cooking skills were first nurtured as the result of her Grandmother’s teaching. This proved an excellent foundation as Nancy learned the basics of oriental cooking, a regular chore being the peeling of onions and pounding chillies.

Singapore is a multi-cultural society and Nancy used this to good effect, experimenting with Thai, Indian and other types of cuisine. Her Father owned a prawn cracker manufacturing business. He has the distinction of being the first person to have introduced polystyrene bags to Singapore.

Nancy’s involvement with her Fathers business produced its own many advantages, not least of which is her fluency in many dialects. However, hard times were to come and Nancy’s formal education was limited as a result of her mothers gambling addiction which persisted until the liquidation of her Fathers business.

Nancy moved to London from Singapore at the age of 22. After originally training as a nurse, she gained popularity after catering for hotel guests and hosting regular barbecues for charitable events.

She opened her own restaurant "Enak Enak" in London in 1988. Enak Enak (Indonesian for ‘yum yum’), has been one of South London’s worst kept secrets for over a decade, with its loyal regulars introducing an increasingly wide range of grateful new fans over the years.

As well as the unique cuisine - like Nancy herself, a fusion of Indonesian and Chinese, with influences from her native Singapore and hints of Thailand - part of Enak Enak's appeal is the feisty atmosphere fostered in the intimate restaurant by Nancy and her Ghanaian husband Ben.

Nancy's first breakthrough came in 1990 when Craig Brown wrote a glowing article in the Sunday Times magazine entitled "Deep fried prawns in Battersea". More success followed; with the business continuing to grow when, in 1996 A A Gill wrote an article in the Sunday Times. This brought further recognition and Nancy then stepped into the national spotlight when she was chosen to help promote the launch of Channel 5. The rest, as they say, is history…

Nancy lives with her husband in South London and has 3 grown up daughters.

Media Appearances :

• The Sunday Times: "Deep fried prawns in Battersea" by Craig Brown, 6 December 1990 [1]
• The Sunday Times: "Meek as a Lam" by A.A. Gill, 24 March 1996 [2]

Following various appearances in the London culinary press, Nancy became famous across the country when her new cooking show was one of the launch programmes on Channel 5. Since then, as well as presenting various cookery shows, she has taken part in other television programmes, including :

• Trust Me - I'm A Holiday Rep
• Big Brother's Big Mouth as an avid fan. Frequent appearances.

Nowadays, Nancy's regular contributions on shows such as Daily & Saturday Cooks, This Morning, Market Kitchen and The New Paul O'Grady Show among others keeps her out of mischief. In 2007, Nancy also launched her own inspired menu in London's most fashionable tropical hotspot Mahiki.

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Updated on 21 July, 2008


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