Nigella Lawson brings classic elegance to Dublin in whirlwind weekend
Nigella Lawson was always going to cause a stir in Dublin.
The popular chef (57) food writer enjoyed some VIP treatment in Ireland this weekend, her first visit to our shores in two years. The TV star is in town to promote her latest cookbook At My Table, returning to her home cooking roots, and made a stylish turn at the Late Late Show on Friday night in a black suit with a velvet berry blazer coat.
Of course, quality meals was an essential priority and on Saturday, she enjoyed a trip to Etto on Merrion Row, one of Dublin's best regarded newer restaurants which has received a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand every year since 2014. Before her appearance on the LLS, she visited Rasam in Glasthule, praising best-selling author Marian Keyes for recommending the Indian restaurant.
On Saturday, she made an appearance at Dubray Books on Grafton Street to sign copies for waiting fans, in a chic all-black ensemble and on Friday, she made a special appearance at University College Dublin to receive the James Joyce Award.
"It was so fascinating and I so loved meeting all the students. It was a really moving experience - I loved it. They inspired me," she told Ryan Tubridy of the event.
While Nigella might be at the forefront of the food industry and boasts one million followers on Instagram, she has been photographing her meals well before social media was invented.
"A lot of people here are too young to remember, in the olden days, when you took photographs, you had a camera and you had to get your developed and I used to take a picture of everything I ate then, so I've never changed," she explained. "I used to get rather embarrassed because I used to take it to the pharmacy and I knew Neil, the pharmacist very well, because I'd come back from my holidays and I'd have maybe two pictures of my kids and every other picture would be food. It's such a relief now that you take them yourself.
"I don't put everything on there, but I do keep a record of everything I eat."