Nigella Lawson has criticised some cooking exhibits for not treating contestants with respect.
The superstar cook dinner, 62, described cooking exhibits which might be “imply” to its individuals as “counterproductive” and a “theatre of cruelty and humiliation”.
Lawson just lately joined Australian cooking present My Kitchen Guidelines as a decide in its latest season.
She instructed Australian Girls’s Weekly that cooking exhibits that contain shouting and making disparaging feedback to contestants is “counterproductive for everybody”.
“It makes individuals at house really feel inhibited about cooking too, as a result of they’ve this persecutory voice of their heads,” she added.
“I couldn’t be a part of a programme like that. It doesn’t imply to say you’re not trustworthy, however there’s by no means a must be imply.”
Standard TV cooking exhibits comparable to Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen famously function judges and cooks shouting down contestants.
Hell’s Kitchen sees aspiring cooks competing to win the grand prize of US$250,000 (£211,287) and the chance to work as head chef or government chef at one among Ramsay’s eating places.
Among the worst moments on the present embrace Ramsay calling one of many contestants a “plank”, which the chef defined meant “an fool”, and he instructed one other contestant he had the “palate of a cow’s bottom”.
Lawson’s presence on My Kitchen Guidelines was described as “good” by her co-host, Manu Feildel.
He defined that the present’s format has modified and can now not embrace “the fights and the competitors and folks stabbing one another within the again” that earlier seasons had.
“Initially, My Kitchen Guidelines wasn’t about that… We went away a bit bit from what [the show] was and we’re bringing that again – that sense of encouraging individuals simply to cook dinner and love meals.”
Elsewhere within the interview, Lawson revealed that cooking for herself is what received her by means of her first husband John Diamond’s terminal most cancers.
She mentioned that cooking meals for one when the late Diamond, who had oral most cancers, couldn’t eat, was “a part of holding onto my sanity”.
Diamond died aged 47 in March 2001. The couple had been married for 9 years earlier than his loss of life and share two youngsters.