British chef Nigella Lawson was finally allowed to enter the U.S. to film a new season of “The Taste” after having been denied entry over confessions that she had used cocaine and cannabis. The issue arose when she prosecuted former maids over allegedly stealing huge sums of money, but the case got nasty about Lawson’s personal behavior, and she was forced to admit under oath that, while not an addict, she had used cocaine and smoked cannabis in front of her children.
She explained her use of the drugs was not habitual, and she turned to self-medication after the death of her first husband, John Diamond, and the “intimate terrorism” of her ex-husband, Charles Saatchi.
When she tried to enter the U.S. to film “The Taste, ” she was not allowed to board a plane from Heathrow to Los Angeles. According to U.S. law, people can be barred from entering the U.S. for committing drug offenses, even if they have never been charged.”The Taste” co-star, Anthony Bourdain, Tweeted, “I am absolutely mortified with embarrassment over the cruelty and hypocrisy of U.S. actions over Nigella’s travel. Unbelievable.”
The shows ratings have been strong, and involve judges rating the cook based on how the food tastes, hence the name of the show. Nigella has said, “Food is never just food. It’s exquisite and can appeal to every sense. It can change your life.”
On the BBC family history series, “Who Do You Think You Are?”, Lawson traced her ancestry to Ashkenazi as well as Sephardi Jews, with ancestors who founded J.Lyons & Co in 1887.