Nigella was appearing at a promotional event for her new US show Taste and wore a very tight-fitting red dress that showed there is much less of glamorous chef than there used to be.
Nigella has previously been well-known here in the UK for her very womanly, curvy figure with many men watching her show for the views down her ample cleavage and her sexy voice.
She has made no secret of the fact that she has wanted to crack the US market and with a range of cookery books selling well in the UK a similar level of success in America could prove to be very lucrative indeed. Whether it is what Nigella believes she needs to do to break into the US market or not there is no doubting the fact that she has lost a lot of weight in recent months.
She is not the first member of her family to appear with a much slimmed down body as her father Nigel Lawson, a previous Chancellor of the Exchequer, famously lost 5 stone in weight after leaving the government. He even published a book, The Nigel Lawson Diet Book, on the back of his dieting success.
You can see the difference in how much Nigella there is these days when you compare the shot of her on the promotional rounds for Taste against a much earlier photo of Nigella in a London taxi showing us a lot more of her voluptuous body than is normally on show.
Nigella’s new US show Taste is described as being a reality style show that is a mix between a traditional cooking competition show and a talent show. The show debuts on the ABC network on 22 January and is set to run for 8 episodes so far.
Taste will also feature 3 other cookery experts: the straight talking Anthony Bourdain (best known for his tv series No Reservations), chef and author Ludo Lefebvre, and restauranteur Brian Malarkey.
Each of the 4 experts will coach a team of 4 amateur and professional cooks and at the end of each episode the experts have to sample the dishes blind with no knowledge of whose dish they are eating or even what the dish is.
The first episode features a total of 29 professional and amateur cooks who are trying to get through the initial audition part of the programme and into the main competition. Their chances of progressing are down to whether a single mouthful of their prepared dish is good enough to impress the expert panel. The winner of the show is proclaimed as having “The Best Tasting Dish”.