Nigella Lawson criticises Bake Off for being ‘too perfect’

TV chef Nigella Lawson, 58, criticises the Great British Bake Off for being ‘too perfect’

She has conjured up countless mouth-watering recipes from her designer TV kitchen for years.

Surrounded by the latest gadgets and gizmos, you’d think Nigella Lawson would feel at home in the ideal cooking environment.

However the celebrity chef has admitted she prefers her kitchen to be ‘slightly shambolic’ – as she hit out at Bake Off’s quest for perfection.

Slapdash style: Nigella Lawson doesn’t like precision in the kitchen


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The 58-year-old criticised the hit Channel 4 show for being ‘more about the craft’

The 58-year-old criticised the hit Channel 4 show for being ‘more about the craft’.

‘I certainly think when people say, “you have got to make 26 biscuits and they have all got to be identical” – when I make 12 they don’t look identical. For me there is more joy in abundance than in precision. Decisions make me more stressed than actions.’

She said that worrying too much about impressing dinner party guests can add stress to the evening, and that it doesn’t matter how quickly or neatly you chop.

‘Perfection makes you automatically tense and the whole thing becomes a test,’ she told an audience in London.

‘One’s job to have people over, is to make them feel at ease. That is more important than making everyone clap when they see a starter.’

The self-proclaimed home cook even admitted she was ‘embarrassed’ by her own cooking style.

‘Most people who chop vegetables on television do it very fast and very neatly,’ she said. ‘I am clonking away and I am very slow.

‘But I don’t think you have to chop carrots very fast to make a stew or in order to eat something.’

(pictured: BLT produced by Steven on The Great British Bake Off episode one

Nigella admitted she prefers her kitchen to be ‘slightly shambolic’ – as she hit out at Bake Off’s quest for perfection (pictured: Fake pancakes made by student Liam)

She said that worrying too much about impressing dinner party guests can add stress to the evening, and that it doesn’t matter how quickly or neatly you chop (pictured: NHS worker Yan’s cake)

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