Nigella Lawson dishes on her 'happy kitchen' on 'The Taste'
Not only does this stunning celebrity home cook have a generous take on food, not to mention the most amazing accent, Nigella Lawson is also the kindest and gentlest of the four judges on “The Taste.”
“I need to fall in love with the spoon, then I just follow my heart,” she said during the audition round of “The Taste.”
Lawson says her approach to the new food show is a lot different than that of her fellow judges, Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey.
"I went about [mentoring my cooks] with the idea that you can't have good food coming out of an unhappy kitchen," Lawson told critics at ABC's winter previews.
"Tony is kind of edgy, but also I feel is beginning to acquire a rather attractive elder statesman status. He kind of like ruled everything and ... opened a lot of beers.
"Ludo was just like comedy Frenchman and walked off set a lot and shouted," she continued. "Malarkey was a bit mean. Not 'mean' mean, but he would say, 'I wouldn't have that in my kitchen. I wouldn't have that in my restaurant.'"
And if her approach to judging wasn’t endearing enough, TV Guide reports she also insisted on not having her belly airbrushed out of the promo photographs.
“‘I told them, 'Do not airbrush my tummy out because I eat and I've got a tummy,'" Lawson confided. "The whole of TV is dominated by very thin women, and also thin women many years younger than me. I just said, 'You know, this is what I look like.’”
Though the judges had to eat just a single bite from each contestant’s kitchen, Lawson admits that even still, there were times when it was too much.
"We said to everyone, 'Stop with the scallops. Too many!'" she said. "I think it's because one fits on the spoon quite well. People see it in the magazine. It's quite chef-y. ... And it's one of those things you can cook quite well in a short amount of time. So we did have to say, 'Stop now. It's not going to work out if we all do that.'"
Scallops aside, Lawson reveals her secret to enjoying food no matter where she is. "This is a very unfashionable thing to say, but I really believe good salt is incredibly important," she said. "I'm sure it looks like I'm ferrying drugs around, but I travel everywhere with a small tin of proper sea salt flakes because I can't get over how you'd go to a really nice restaurant and the chef has laboured long and lovingly over your food, and then they give you bathroom scourer instead of salt. And so I'm fanatical about salt.
“I know that everyone says that it's bad for you, but I think we are born with a taste for salt. If you eat real food, then real salt is good. Not fake food."
Her tenth cookbook, “Nigellissima” will be on shelves Feb. 12.
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“The Taste” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. Full episodes are also available online at CTV.ca.
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