Stars turning it on
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.