Not so tasty, as Nigella fails to seduce
Nigella's switch from glam widow of the courtroom to jokey matron of the TV set jars with Donal Lynch
THE charity-worker-cum-chef from Ballinasloe took a deep intake of breath, admitted he was going to get killed by his friends, and then calmly rejected the seductive charms of Nigella Lawson.
It probably took quite a bit of willpower for Barry Johnston and his all-conquering mackerel to say no to one of the embattled heroines of our time in favour of a man who called himself "a nasty slut for oysters and caviar" (Anthony Bourdain) -- but as the show they were all on, The Taste, tanked in the ratings and got tepid reviews, it all begged the question: does Barry speak for a nation, or are the rest of us ready to say yes to more Nigella?
On the face of it you would have thought we were. Even the Grillo sisters -- whose father was arrested on Thursday on charges linked to the mafia -- admitted that she'd emerged from the recent court case smelling of roses. They may have been acquitted of stealing from their former employers -- Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi -- but it was the TV chef who triumphed where it counted: in the court of public opinion.