By Sarah Templeton & Ines Mendoza
of our favourite celebrities here at the Wombat is Nigella
Sure, she's got sex appeal, she's highly intelligent
and has a strong character, but best of all she's a brilliant
The fact that she's never professed to being a gastromical
authority, claiming : "I am not a chef. I am not even
a trained or professional cook. My qualification is as an
eater," is refreshingly honest and delightfully charming
at the same time.
Nigella has helped bring much glamour into the world of food
media, and with others, such as 'The Naked Chef' Jamie Oliver,
more and more people from all walks of life are tuning into
to see how to whip up classy culinary creations.
Nigella was born in Britain, 1960, on January 6th. Interestingly,
Nigella's father (Nigel Lawson) was quite a well-regarded
politician during his time as Margaret Thatcher's Chancellor
of the Exchequer, which is basically a long-winded way of
describing the government's Treasurer.
Anyway, back to Nigella, and it's widely recognised that
she was a very bright young woman who had a special way with
This love of language and communication compelled Nigella
to enrol in a language course at Oxford University, and in
1979, she had earned a degree in Medieval and Modern Languages.
Soon after receiving her degree, Nigella became interested
in journalism and one of her first apres-degree jobs was with
The Spectator, a newspaper in which she was the designated
Perhaps this is where her impeccable
taste for good food blossomed?
Following her stint at The Spectator, Nigella was quick to
move up in the world of journalism and soon she was in fact
installed as the deputy literary editor of the Sunday Times.
this time she also freelanced for papers such as the The Guardian
and Daily Telegraph. Many attribute her rise to celebrity
status when she landed a job with Vogue magazine in the mid-90s.
It was in 1998 however, that Nigella Lawson launched her
first book called 'How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles
of Good Food'.
After this, Channel 4 executives loved what they saw in the
book and commissioned Nigella to work on a TV show, called
'Nigella Bites' with the idea that the show should revolve
around exactly what the books suggests, summed up in her ethos:
"To achieve maximum pleasure through minimum effort."
The TV show proved to be a success, and was even screened
by the ABC here in Australia, much to our delight.
towards cooking wasn't exactly what you'd call orthodox -
she is always very relaxed, yet at the same time full of zeal.
She later launched a second book based on her experiences
on the TV show, and before long the book - also titled 'Nigella
Bites' - was on the best-seller's list and she had sold more
than 1.5 million books.
In the year 2000 Nigella was quite the author, and her book
'How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort
Cooking' won her an Author of the Year award by the British
Her increasing popularity and her public image had risen
to astronomical proportions, not just in the UK, but also
in America and right here in Australia.
In 2001 however, her
private life took a turn for the worse when her husband, fellow
journalist John Diamond, died.
Despite this personal loss, Nigella continues to inspire
millions of people around the world with her inflential, intuitive
and easy-going cooking methodology, and here's hoping she
will continue to do so for many years to come.
Nigella Lawson - Photo Gallery
Nigella Lawson - Making Food Sexy