|"Moi, overtly sexual? Surely not!"|
There can be no doubt that the high fat, high sugar, artery clogging cuisine was a huge part of the appeal... The food wasn't healthy, it was decadent, desirable and yet entirely realistic. In her 2007 book Nigella Express every recipe is achievable with ingredients available locally and every dish was exciting. A hard thing to achieve if you are a celebrity chef familiar with exotic, unattainable, international ingredients that average folk can't pronounce let alone buy. Rather than 'celebrity chef', she is an enthusiastic, passionate cook, like the people in kitchens watching at home. Like me!
|"This tray's really heavy"|
|"no, I didn't name the book"|
Lorraine Pascale and Sophie Dahl showed us pretty ex-models don't just eat, but they occasionally strut into a kitchen and cook. Neither seemed equipped to outshine their sachrine wholesomeness with their airbrushed bland food and neither held my attention the way Nigella had.
|"Where are ya?"|
Jamie Oliver only saves himself from the bottom of chart and climbs to Five by virtue of his rather good restaurants. There can be no question he, as a TV chef is unbareable. Drizzling Olive oil over leaves, cherry tomatoes, olives and Parma ham is 'rustic' if 'rustic' is code for 'oily shitty salad'. But let's not forget Jamie came into being when idiot metrosexuals wanted to learn how to cook and look all 'cheeky chappy' doing it. Maybe his rise to fame and weak witted appeal is more about the decade that brought us the 'Manny' and less about Jamie's ability to cook.
|"F**k*ng, sh*t, Bast**d"|
Topping us off with some space age sustenance is Waitrose favourite Heston. He deserves a a Seven.
Now back to Little Paris kitchen... Where does Rachel Khoo belong? After buying the cook book to accompany the Rachel Khoo series I've been busy getting messy in my kitchen and stocking up on all the larder 'basics' that I shamefully don't own. My interest in the cookery is matched only by my interest with the Cookery show genre and the people we have trusted to show us the culinary light. Many have come and gone (some are annoyingly still with us) but I can honestly say Rachel Khoo sits comfortably right up at Ten with Nigella. The food is again the main attraction and all our dinner tables are richer for it.