He studied at Manchester Grammar School, Jesus College, Cambridge, and Manchester Business School before establishing himself as one of Britain's foremost restaurateurs in the 1980s with L'Escargot restaurant in Soho, London.
Since 1989 he has been the restaurant correspondent for the Financial Times, where his weekly columns, under the byline of 'The Restaurant Insider', have tried to look at themes and trends in the restaurant industry.
He is also a food service consultant to a selection of British arts organisations and companies.
- Lander, Nicholas; Robinson, Jancis (1994). Dinner for a fiver : over 150 best-value recipes from Britain's top restaurants. London: Vermilion.
- Lander, Nicholas (2007). Crisis Cook Book : The Crisis Cook Book comprises 84 recipes from 28 top chefs.
- Lander, Nicholas (2012). The art of the restaurateur. London: Phaidon Press.
- Lander, Nicholas (2016). On the Menu: The World’s Favourite Piece of Paper.
Critical studies and reviews
- Bilson, Gay (April 2013). "Dictators of the variable : the raked theatre of the restaurant". Australian Book Review. 350: 38, 40. Review of The art of the restaurateur.
- LANDER, Nicholas Laurence, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
- Taste of London at British Airways.com
- Columnists: Nicholas Lander at ft.com
- BBC Two - MasterChef: The Professionals, Series 1, Episode 10
- Lander, Nicholas (2007). Crisis Cookbook.
- "On the Menu: The World's Favourite Piece of Paper - Google Search". www.google.ca. Retrieved 25 January 2018.