NIGELLA TURNS UP THE HEAT
DOMESTIC goddess Nigella Lawson arrives at MasterChef HQ this week and I couldn’t be happier.
Her absolute abandon when it comes to eating makes me both joyous and hungry; while her obvious fascination with this competition is embarrassingly validating. She likes us, guys, she really likes us. And the way the kitchen erupts when she arrives on Sunday night, the feeling is mutual.
Contestants then focus on her mystery box challenge, using ingredients she nominates, including condensed milk, chicken livers, anchovies, fresh ginger and cherries. The winner moves to the gantry, to watch on as the rest tackle the next challenge, which must feature an element of snap, crackle or pop. When chilli crab is served up, Matt Preston reveals a new use for his fancy cravats – pulling it out from under his shirt as a sassy bib.
Nigella returns on Monday night to set a chocolate challenge. Tuesday, she’s back for the invention test and immunity pin cook. Wednesday the group heads off site for a real restaurant experience; and Thursday involves taste-testing her trifle.