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I can empathise with domestic goddess, says chef Catherine

TV chef Catherine Fulvio said that she has "empathy" for the dethroned domestic goddess Nigella Lawson.

Wicklow-based chef Catherine told the Herald that she has been following the story of the TV chef who's alleged drug use has been aired in court.

Fulvio said that Nigella's life has been traumatic – her mother Vanessa Salmon died of liver cancer in 1985 and her former husband John Diamond died of throat cancer in 2001.

"I don't know Nigella personally but from what I've read she is someone who hasn't had it easy," she said.


"She has had lots of difficulties to over come like her husband passing away."

"But the 'domestic goddess' image has definitely shifted," Catherine said. "I still think she is great on TV and has lovely recipes," she added. The chef – who has a base in Ballyknocken House and Cookery School in Wicklow – is a busy mum of two with a new book on the shelves for Christmas.

And Catherine is supporting the 10th Anniversary Fairy Make-A-Wish Winter Partnership this week. The public can donate €2 to Make-A-Wish Ireland by texting MAKEAWISH to 50300.