Nigella thrives on WA treats
Nigella Lawson loves the feel of Rottnest Island sand between her toes, WA wine and Australia’s “food-literate” home cooks.
“The tranquillity on Rottnest is amazing,” the Domestic Goddess said yesterday.
“I thought it was breathtaking. To get off a plane and feel the sand beneath your feet is wonderful.”
The British cook, TV star and recipe book author flew into Perth on Monday and spent a day on Rottnest before a round of engagements in Perth, culminating in a reception at Crown Towers yesterday.
She was welcomed by Premier Colin Barnett and presented with a basket of WA wine and food and a quokka doll.
Lawson is in WA for this weekend’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape festival, where she is the star attraction. Gourmet Escape, which is in its fifth year, will feature more than 100 of the world’s top chefs descending on the wine region for three days of cooking demonstrations, seminars, talks and extravagant foodie events from beach barbecues to $500-a-head dinners.
“I’ll be doing what I do, talking, talking, talking, and meeting people,” Lawson said.
She was looking forward to her first visit to Margaret River. “Everyone in England who has been (to Margaret River) has said to me that there is nothing like it and that it’s simply the most beautiful place on Earth,” she said.
The British beauty, who has had a 16-year career presenting cooking programs, said her longevity was “probably a case of loving the job and not over-exposing oneself”.
“I do a new TV series every second year, which keeps it interesting,” she said.
Lawson said television food programming could be a doubled-edged sword.
“The proliferation of food shows has been both a good and bad thing for home cooks,” she said. “Some shows can be cruel and nasty and turn people off cooking at home. Others are about the joy of cooking and can be an inspiration.”