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Kidman’s super awkward cooking segment

Nicole Kidman did not enjoy a cooking segment on Ellen's talk show.
Nicole Kidman did not enjoy a cooking segment on Ellen's talk show. Contributed

SOME ingredients just don't go together.

Chef Giada De Laurentiis dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show for what was supposed to be an innocuous cooking segment. Joined by Ellen and Big Little Lies actor Nicole Kidman, the trio set out to make a delectable dish of artichoke arancini and focaccia with clementines and fennel, but the instructional segment soon devolved into chaos as it became clear that the Academy Award-winner was not a fan of De Laurentiis' world-renowned culinary skills.

While the three ladies were giggling throughout the entire tutorial, there was some slow simmering tension boiling up between Giada and Kidman.

Nicole Kidman was not impressed with the food.
Nicole Kidman was not impressed with the food. YouTube

"Isn't [cooking] meant to be relaxing?" Kidman asked.

"That's what my problem is when I cook. I get anxious … because I don't know how to time everything."

"Oh, well then don't make so many things," De Laurentiis curtly replied. "Just make one thing at a time."

The final pinch of contentious salt came near the end of the segment when Ellen and Kidman finally tried the finished product. DeGeneres gamely took the first bite, but found it extremely difficult to chew.


"That sure is good," Ellen said, unconvincingly. Kidman was a little more forthright. Known for her honesty and inability to tell big or little lies, the actor didn't hold back on her critique. "It's a little tough," she said.

"Nicole, it has been sitting there for like five hours!" De Laurentiis replied. "I hate doing these things for that reason!"

"I know you're not meant to criticise but it's a little tough," Kidman added, before spitting out the food. "Do not let my kids see that I did that."

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