Nichola Fletcher trained as a jewellery designer, an art which she still practices and for which she has received many accolades - her work is in many public and private collections and she has won several awards for her designs.
But it is for her work with venison and game that she is more widely known. She and her husband John started Britain's first deer farm in 1973, and Nichola has devoted her life since then to helping people to appreciate, understand and cook venison and other game meats.
While running their renowned venison business Fletchers of Auchtermuchty, the Fletchers were nominated for a Slow Food Award, were joint winners of the Best Food
Producer category in the BBC Food & Farming Awards, and won awards from Good Housekeeping and Great Taste Awards.
Nichola has advised businesses all over the world on venison production and processing and in 2014 was honoured with an MBE for her services to the venison industry.
She has advised businesses all over the world on venison production and processing.
Nichola is a member of the Guild of Food Writers.
She wrote her first book "Venison, The Monarch of the Table" in 1983. After that, her interest extended to all game and from there to the preparation and cooking of all meants. She has written over ten books and contributed
chapters to many others. Four of her books have won major national or international awards, including the prestigious Andre Simon Awards. She continues to write about food, food culture and the history of food.
In 2007 she published her major work "Nichola Fletcher's Ultimate Venison Cookery". This long
-awaited book won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards prize for "Best single subject in the world" in 2008.
She is past Chairman of the British Deer Farmers Association Promotions Committee, and was also a Director of Scottish Farm Venison Ltd. As Deputy Chair of the Food Trust of Scotland she is a champion of the small specialist
food producer and a founder member of the Scottish Food Group. She was awarded the 1994 Scottish Food Achievement Award for her work for the Scottish venison industry.
Over the years Nichola has given many specialist workshop courses for cookery schools, private tuition sessions, and international lectures. She did the game cooking demonstrations for the CLA Game Fair for many years and
has done the Scottish Game Fair demonstrations since it started. She works with the Deer Commission for Scotland on their 'Best Practice' events, teaching stalkers how to make the best of their venison.
Her favourite game event however is her Tutored Game Tastings - a unique sensory
experience. She is an enthusiast for mounting food extravaganzas and recreations of former glorious food occasions. She usually lives in Fife but spends some of her time in a charming sixteenth century tower in Perigord.