Nigella Lawson to bring reality cookery show to UK

Nigella Lawson Lawson's first TV show was Nigella Bites on Channel 4

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Chef and presenter Nigella Lawson is to bring a version of her hit US cookery show, The Taste, to the UK.

The 10-part series, commissioned by Channel 4, will air in 2014.

Each week, contestants will try to avoid elimination by competing in group and individual challenges.

Lawson will be joined on the show by chef Anthony Bourdain and French kitchen guru Ludo Lefebvre, who both feature as mentors and judges with her in the US series.

The show will mark Lawson's return to Channel 4 for the first time in more than 10 years.

She got her TV break on the channel in 1999 with Nigella Bites, after gaining recognition with her cookbooks and newspaper column.

She also worked on a chat show for ITV and has made numerous shows for BBC Two since 2006, including Nigella Express.

Channel 4's head of formats Dominic Bird said he was "thrilled" Nigella was returning to the channel.

"The Taste promises to be a hugely exciting and compelling competition with stellar talent and exceptional cooking at its heart," he added.

Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi confirmed earlier this week they are to divorce.

It followed the publication of photographs showing Saatchi with his hands wrapped around Lawson's throat at a London restaurant in June.

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