Nigella Lawson believes 'there's never a need to be mean' as cooking show judge

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Nigella Lawson couldn't be part of a TV cooking show which demanded her to be an acid-tongued judge.

The celebrity chef, who recently filmed the upcoming season of Australian cooking show My Kitchen Rules, has insisted she could never yell and swear at contestants like Gordon Ramsay or make mean remarks like Marco Pierre White.

While Nigella doesn't sugarcoat her honest feedback, she doesn't want to participate in shows that are a "theatre of cruelty and humiliation".

"I don't like that at all. I think it's counterproductive," she told The Australian Women's Weekly. "It makes people at home feel inhibited about cooking too, because they have this persecutory voice in their heads. I couldn't be part of a programme like that... It doesn't mean to say you're not honest, but there's never a need to be mean."

The 62-year-old was announced as the new judge of My Kitchen Rules back in April and she recently returned to London after shooting the next season of the show.

Discussing her role, she said, "Going to restaurants can be a treat, but for me, the true story of food is told through the cooking we do at home. So, to have the chance to champion home cooks and be given the intimate privilege of being invited into people's homes to eat their food fills me with gratitude and excitement in equal measure."

Nigella has previously served as a guest judge on the U.S. and Australian versions of MasterChef and has been a regular judge on the U.S. and U.K. versions of The Taste.

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