Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Nigella Makes a Perfect Entree; as masterChef Cooks Up a Storm or Two, the Woman Who Puts Passion into Eating Gives the New Crop a Fresh Start

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Nigella Makes a Perfect Entree; as masterChef Cooks Up a Storm or Two, the Woman Who Puts Passion into Eating Gives the New Crop a Fresh Start

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Byline: WORDS: SEANNA CRONIN

Why feel bad about indulging over the holidays? Nigella Lawson certainly doesn't.

As many of us finally work all of that Easter chocolate out of our systems and prepare to pamper our mums this weekend for Mother's Day, perhaps we should take a page out of the domestic goddess's book.

When I talk to her over the phone in January, she's just arrived in Melbourne to film her third Nigella Week on MasterChef Australia.

"I don't feel bad about what I ate. I think about all the very nice things I ate," she says, referring to the bounty of the festive season.

"This is my New Year's treat. There's nothing like going from bleak mid-winter into this dazzling sunshine."

Starting off the year Down Under has become a bit of a regular thing for the best-selling cookbook author and TV presenter.

This will be Nigella's fourth year on MasterChef after she made a fleeting one-episode appearance in the popular reality cooking show's eighth season.

"I have to say it feels like a very positive start to the year," she says.

"Even though I don't make New Year's resolutions and so on, there's something about feeling like you're doing something both familiar but exciting. It feels like it sets the tone."

After just two full weeks in the competition, this year's new crop of wide-eyed amateur cooks will be safe in the hands of this velvety-voiced champion of the home cook.

The food writer, whose level of celebrity in Australia rivals that of the UK, has never had any formal training in the kitchen.

Instead, the self-taught home cook has let taste and pleasure be her guides, living by the rule 'You have to please yourself to please others'.

Since her cookery book How to Eat shot the then freelance journalist to fame 20 years ago, Nigella has fronted 10 of her own cooking shows and penned a dozen books. …

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