Nigella Lawson: I wouldn’t get on The Great British Bake Off – it’s too complicated”

“I like baking in a homespun kind of way – if I make cookies, I don’t expect them all to look the same," says the TV chef

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Nigella Lawson may have nine bestselling cookery books and more than a dozen television series to her name, but she insists she wouldn’t stand a chance of entering The Great British Bake Off tent.

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“I wouldn’t get on Bake Off, it’s too complicated,” Nigella told the new edition of Radio Times as she returns to our screens with Simply Nigella next Monday (2nd November, 8:30pm, BBC2).

“I like baking in a homespun kind of way – if I make cookies, I don’t expect them all to look the same.

“I’m not being modest,” she insisted. “I’m a home cook. But food is a very emotional subject, and people respond deeply.” 

In a wide-ranging interview, the TV chef also admitted there’s little chance of her leading a Jamie Oliver-like crusade aimed at improving the national diet. 

“I’m a pretty shambolic person. I don’t have the qualifications to say to people, ‘You can’t eat that, you can’t eat this.’ I’m not in a position to preach anything to anyone else.

“There’s this feeling that we can guarantee our immortality, if only we ate correctly,” Nigella continued. “I don’t really think that’s possible, but clearly eating packets of food constantly is not going to be good for you.”

“If you have a perfectly normal, balanced diet nothing terrible is going to happen to you if you had a slice of cake on a Saturday night.”

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Read the full interview with Nigella Lawson in this week’s Radio Times, available in shops from Tuesday 27th October and from Apple Newsstand