I Am in Soromance with Nigella Lawson, Judge on The Taste

Nigella Lawson is, in my opinion, the best and most enjoyable celebrity foodie one can watch on television. There's just something humble and earthy and sweet about her, without being cloying. You get the feeling as you watch that you are seeing the real person, with very little polish put on for the cameras.

In fact, Nigella Bites, the program through which I first fell in soromance (sorority + romance = soromance, similar to a bromance, but for chicks) with Nigella Bites, was filmed in the kitchen of her actual home. She cooked in a casual way, tasting as she went. It made cooking seem... sensual and I couldn't run out and buy her book, "How To Be A Domestic Goddess," fast enough.

Now, she is joining the all-star celebrity judges panel of a new ABC program called, The Taste. If the naming concept seems familiar, a la The Voice, it's because the concept is similar. The judges have no idea who cooked the food or even what is in it. They just eat it and judge it purely on how it tastes.

The Taste premiered 8 p.m. last Tuesday, so naturally the promo billboards are out in full force - and so is my love for Lawson.

Lawson is a curvaceous kitchen goddess, complete with alabaster skin, raven hair, and bountiful busom. She also has the hips and tummy to go with such a physique. Through the liberal application of Photoshop, we are able to ignore this "horrible" reality, these "offensive flaws" most of the time.

The Brits, however, have been cracking down on this kind of thing, and Lawson is nothing if she's not British. She would not let ABC Photoshop-chop-shop alter her figure. 

On her blog she writes:

"Although it was very thrilling to think of being up on a billboard in LA and around the States, I was very strict and English, and told them they weren't allowed to airbrush my tummy out. Wise? Hmmm. But that tum is the truth and is come by honestly, as my granny would have said."

Because a woman who spends her life making pasta with chunks of pancetta, homemade ice cream, and dense chocolate cake (named Refrigerator Cake because she literally stands in front of the open fridge carving off hunks and eating them with her fingers in the middle of the night) should have a tummy. As should most women. As do most women. And, like Lawson, we should wear them proudly and fill them with delicious food as often as possible.

Catch Lawson, her tummy, Anthony Bordain, Ludo Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey on The Taste every Tuesday at 8 p.m. on your local ABC channel

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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