Nigella Lawson: why the celebrity chef went viral for pronunciation of microwave on BBC show, Cook Eat Repeat

Viewers were stunned by her pronunciation of the common kitchen appliance

By Chelsea Rocks
Wednesday, 9th December 2020, 1:45 pm

Nigella Lawson is well known for her culinary skills - from classic dishes to banana skin curry.

But the celebrity chef has now stirred up a frenzy with her pronunciation of the word ‘microwave’.

Potato - Poh-tah-toe, Tomato - Tom-aye-toe, Microwave - Mee-crow-wav-ayee - here’s what happened.

Nigella left viewers stunned at her pronunciation

Why has Nigella Lawson gone viral?

On Monday night (7 December), the latest episode of the 60-year-old chef’s Christmas series Nigella's Cook, Eat, Repeat - named after her cookbook - aired on BBC Two.

During the show she was preparing brown butter colcannon, a ‘sweet, nutty’ vegetable mash potato.

Just as she was about to heat the milk in the microwave, she could be heard by unassuming viewers pronouncing it ‘Mee-crow-wav-aye’.

Yes, we have been pronouncing it wrong all these years.

What was the viewers’ response?

Foodies who had been watching the show took to Twitter to discuss Ms Lawson’s hilarious gaff.

The original account that raised the issue with Lawson’s pronunciation wrote: “She has spoken.

"We need to know how it's spelt @Nigella_Lawson. We've been wrong all this time!"

Another added: "The way @Nigella_Lawson just pronounced 'microwave' is a defining moment of 2020. #CookEatRepeat".

While one joked: "Nigella referring to her microwave as a “mick-ro-warvey” is honestly in the top ten moments of the year for me."

What other recipes has Nigella made on her BBC Christmas show?

The famous chef has ranked in the top 25 British chefs of 2020, so you might want to serve some of her recipes alongside your turkey and trimmings on 25 December.

Need a demonstration? You can watch Nigella make recipes from her book on the BBC show, such as a banana skin curry, a no-knead bread which she uses for her crispy fried chicken sandwich, and an indulgent chocolate-peanut butter cake.

Watch Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat on BBC Two on Monday’s at 8pm or stream on BBC iPlayer.

10 funny Nigella quotes

Nigella is known for her funny and at times risque quotes and innuendos, many of which have taken off on social media before.

Here are some of her most famous quotes:

Referred to herself as ‘a complete tart.’

Filling eton mess- “I love the way it comes bulging over the rims’

"I love having an implement in each hand."

"I think it will be more pleasurable to do so by hand."

On a marmalade pudding: "Ah, look at these gorgeous golden globules."