Sim­ply Nigella

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Sea­son 1 BBC Life­style (*174) 21:30

Sim­ply Nigella (2015-cur­rent) is the lat­est in a long line of TV cook­ing shows for 56-year-old home­mak­ing queen Nigella Law­son. She’s had a love af­fair with food since child­hood, when she helped her mom in the kitchen. And while she stud­ied me­dieval and mod­ern lan­guages at Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity, grad­u­at­ing in 1982, Nigella never had for­mal cook­ing train­ing and she re­fuses to call her­self a chef. But that hasn’t stopped her from be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful cook­book au­thor and host­ing count­less shows. How­ever, her road to fame hasn’t been smooth sail­ing…

The Big C Nigella’s heiress mom Vanessa died of liver can­cer in 1985 and her first hus­band, jour­nal­ist John Di­a­mond, lost his bat­tle with throat can­cer in 2001. Nigella ad­mits to fall­ing into de­pres­sion fol­low­ing John’s death but says that her daugh­ter Cosima (21) and son Bruno (19) helped her over­come it. As­sault Nigella mar­ried again, in 2003 to art col­lec­tor Charles Saatchi but the mar­riage ended in di­vorce in 2013. The pair were snapped out at lunch with Charles grab­bing Nigella by the throat dur­ing an ar­gu­ment, which was then in­ves­ti­gated by the po­lice. Her em­pire Nigella’s rolling in money with a net worth of about $15 mil­lion (R225 mil­lion). She’s pub­lished 10 cook­books so far and owns kitchen­ware brand Liv­ing Kitchen. Not to men­tion all of her TV cook­ing shows… Re­al­ity TV judge She joined Iron Chef Amer­ica (2005-cur­rent) as a judge in 2010 and will be a guest judge on MasterChef Aus­tralia (2009-cur­rent), where she im­pressed judge Ge­orge Calom­baris. “I only saw her as a home cook who knew noth­ing about food. Not any­more!” he gushes.

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