Nicole Kidman Spits out Giada De Laurentiis’ Cooking on ‘Ellen’

Giada De Laurentiis is easily one of the most prominent personalities in food televison, but not everyone is impressed by her cooking skills. The celebrity chef stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday to promote the new season of “Food Network Star” alongside “Big Little Lies” star Nicole Kidman and Ellen herself. Unfortunately, there were perhaps too many cooks in the kitchen.

Seemingly trying to recreate Martha Stewart’s awkward “Ellen” cooking segment with Drew Barrymore from 2015, De Laurentiis and Kidman did their best to whip up some arancini and focaccia for DeGeneres — to similarly lukewarm results.


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The “Everyday Italian” chef first started poking fun at the Oscar-winning actress when they were attempting to make rice balls. “Oh my god, the woman who can’t cook made the perfect ball,” teased De Laurentiis. This then prompted Kidman to ask De Laurentiis cooking questions that went unanswered. A frustrated Kidman then concluded with a critique of the fennel and clementine pizza.

“It’s a little tough … I know you’re not meant to criticize, but it’s a little tough,” admitted Kidman of De Laurentiis’ flatbread before spitting it out — a move that didn’t go unnoticed by the live studio audience.

Even DeGeneres, known for her niceties, struggled with De Laurentiis’ food.

“Food Network Star” returns for Season 13 on Sunday, June 4 at 9/8c on Food Network. “Ellen” airs weekdays in syndication.

Check out the awkward exchange here or above.

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  1. Giada seems to be pretty bad about leading others in the kitchen. I am not sure if she is so focused on what she is doing, that she doesn’t want to look bad if it doesn’t turn out or what. But the way she ignored Nichole is not the first time she has done this on live TV.

    I think Giada is one of those celebs who really thinks a lot of herself, and Nichole does not.

  2. writer says:

    Nicole Mary Kidman- is my favorite Australian actress and film producer!!!!

  3. cowgirldiva says:

    Three silly women in a fake kitchen…!

  4. polly says:

    Not a fan of Giada’s (though I do like Ellen, and am impartial to NK), but to me she seems VERY nervous and star-struck. She babbles and can’t keep her mind on task…much like how any of us might react if placed in the same situation.

    At the very least, it may’ve instilled a little extra empathy for the FNS folks fumbling with the jitters…

  5. Scott says:

    Nicole Kidman is an airhead. Simply put.
    Terrible and rude. What would her reaction of been if while on TV someone said “Yea… your new movie role is terrible. Nothing good about it. Just being honest Nic! Hahaha!”
    I’m quite sure Kidman wouldn’t have been so cool about it.

    • The Truth says:

      Simply put, Scott, you’re the airhead. Anyone who knows Nicole Kidman will tell you she’s an intelligent, talented, lovely person. Based on your comment, these attributes do not apply to you.

    • Her reaction probably would have been as gracious as it was during the entire segment. Let’s face it, most great chefs (celebrity or otherwise) are men; with few exceptions, most female chefs on the Food Network are highly overrated and worthless as is Giada. If she can’t stand the heat, she should get out of the kitchen… Kidman’s very subdued and gentle criticism was entirely justified and very nicely done. Comparing Kidman’s award winning acting work which is usually sublime to an overrated food porn queen on a minor cable network is unfair in the extreme. Be ashamed.

  6. Triad says:

    I doubt Giada found it “lighthearted.” I’m glad Nicole was honest. It must be a real pain to eat bad food and pretend it tastes good just for the camera. Giada is a control freak, it must have been upsetting for her to see Nicole do so well with the food prep and then have her own pizza turn out so badly. And Ellen is just dissolving in laughter, she can’t disagree with Nicole.

  7. JR Johnson says:

    Oh please…The Ellen show piece with Nicole and Giada was completely misleading… the actual exchange was lighthearted and fun.

    • J.P. M says:

      I’d like to see Stumpy, Myron & Moe from the BBQ show on Ellen. I think it would be totally entertaining and some excellent BBQ to boot. These people can really cook and are fun people to watch..

    • sjs says:

      I thought so too. It seemed to me like they were all having fun with it

  8. Stephen says:

    Giada must be on drugs she just got a big divorce. Ooopsi.

  9. Caitlyn says:

    I love how the article didn’t mention how rude the chef was to Kidman. The woman deserved a clap Back!

    • Mary says:

      Yes, I found particularly rude the way that chef was teasing her, I can’t understand why all the headlines are about Kidman being rude when she was only honest plus endured all that “jokes” politely.

  10. Sxean Lee-David says:

    Nicole Kidman is awesome! I love her even more!

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