Stars turn­ing it on

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - with Ary­lene West­lake-Jen­nings

I WAS al­ways of the be­lief good food and sex were just as plea­sur­able an ex­pe­ri­ence as each other.

And there in front of me was Nigella Law­son and (per­haps a de­cid­edly less foxy) Rick Stein sub­scrib­ing to just that.

“In terms of cook­ing and all that, it’s sim­ply a mat­ter of the fact that ev­ery day you’re hun­gry,” Stein said.

“Peo­ple ask, ‘How do you stay en­thu­si­as­tic’ and I say it’s a bit like sex, ac­tu­ally.”

The culi­nary stars, both with a laun­dry list of TV and cook­book cred­its to their name, spoke to fans be­fore last week­end's 2016 Mar­garet River Gourmet Es­cape, which cel­e­brated its fifth year.

They joined an all-star line-up in­clud­ing the world’s best fe­male chef and Ate­lier Crenn’s Do­minique Crenn, Long Chim’s David Thompson, Bistro Guil­laume’s Guil­laume Brahimi, Como The Trea­sury’s Jed Ger­rard and in­ter­na­tional guests Isaac McHale, Jan­ice Wong, Joan Roca and Mauro Co­la­greco.

But on they went about sex and food.

“We’ve just filmed in Palermo with this won­der­ful, slightly volup­tuous lady mak­ing the Si­cil­ian ver­sion of lasagne and the food was some­thing you just wanted to keep in your mouth,” Stein said.

“What re­ally turns me on is food I feel greedy about, that I just want to eat more of.”

It took a few se­lect “dirty words” to fire Law­son’s pas­sion­ate self up; “do­mes­tic cook­ery”, to be pre­cise.

“Even now, peo­ple of­ten say 'Oh, I'm just a home cook' and I al­ways say 'There's noth­ing ‘just’ about it,” she said. “I love restau­rants and ad­mire chefs but all good chefs will say to you that real cook­ing hap­pens at home.

“And that is one of the rea­sons why I look for­ward to be­ing at Gourmet Es­cape be­cause, one, I get to meet a lot of my food he­roes, but also there's go­ing to be so many peo­ple who re­ally love food and that's my kind of peo­ple.”

Nigella Law­son and Rick Stein at the Gourmet Es­cape launch.

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