On a cultural level, it can be said that the British do not have the most varied cuisine in the world, but that has not stopped the island from producing some of the world’s most popular food personalities. From Gordon Ramsay to Jamie Oliver, there is no shortage of popular personalities in the island’s food industry. Another is Nigella Lawson, a food writer, and host of a cooking show that happens to be one of the best in the world.
Nigella Lawson has been in the business for more than three decades, and in that time she has experienced as much adversity as success in her professional life and especially in her private life. In this article, we discuss what happened to Nigella Lawson and how she got back on her feet. Take a look at it below.
Nigella Lawson – The English Food Writer and TV Host?
Nigella was born on 6 January 1960 in Wandsworth, London, England, as the daughter of the politician Nigel Lawson and his wife Vanessa Salmon. Due to her background, she comes from a successful family, which is reflected in her education, which included more than nine schools at the grassroots level and the University of Oxford at the higher level, graduating with a degree in medieval and modern languages.
Despite the financial and social status that her background provided, Nigella Lawson was given her first introduction to the family challenges that would come later in her life when her parents divorced when she was 20 years old. Just as Nigella Lawson overcame what happened to her as an adult, she overcame her parents’ divorce and began a successful professional career.
She began her professional life by working in publishing, where she spent three years before starting her career as a journalist and writing for The Spectator. At Spectator, Nigella Lawson began to find her voice as a food writer and expanded her portfolio to other publications such as The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and Vogue.
She wrote her first cookbook, How to Eat: Enjoys and Principles of Good Food, which was published in 1998 and was a huge success with over 300,000 copies sold in the UK alone. Since then she has written and published more than 10 cookbooks, as well as other publications such as her biography, Nigella Lawson, A Biography.
Nigella Lawson began her career as a cookery show host in 1999, after her cookbooks were so successful, starting with the show Nigella Bites. She has hosted and performed in more than 15 shows, including an episode of Modern Family.
Amidst some of the controversy that has arisen throughout Nigella Lawson’s career, she has won coveted awards such as “Author of the Year” from the British Book Award, Television Show of the Year from the Guild of Food Writers, and Bet Food And/Or Drink Television Show from the World Food Media Award.
What Happened to Nigella Lawson?
As someone who was famous even before she recorded her first performance, Nigella Lawson has always been willing to be at the center of some controversy, but nothing that has happened to her is as significant as her divorce from Charles Saatchi.
Nigella married Charles, an art collector, in 2003, two years after her divorce from John Diamond. About ten years after her marriage, Lawson admitted that she was not always happy for reasons she kept to herself. In June 2013, however, the reason, or at least one of them, became clear when photographs procured and published by The Sunday People showed her being grabbed around the neck by her husband during a heated argument in a London seafood restaurant.
After the pictures were published, her husband was warned for assault and, after a speedy divorce proceeding, they divorced in July 2013, ending their marriage after ten years.
But this was not to be the end of the story of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi. A trial against their assistants, two sisters, Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, for fraud, led to accusations that would destroy Nigella’s reputation, in particular, a drug addiction charge after she admitted to using cocaine and marijuana.
The PR damage that occurred to Nigella between November 2013 and March 2014 almost destroyed her career as a healthy food writer and cooking hostess, but she weathered the storm and continued to assert her place among England’s most popular and respected personalities.