Tuesday 20 February 2018

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

TEPID VIEWING:'The Taste judges Ludo Lefebvre, Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson. Photo: Ray Burmiston
TEPID VIEWING:'The Taste judges Ludo Lefebvre, Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson. Photo: Ray Burmiston
Donal Lynch

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.

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