Nigella Lawson Has "Eaten a Lot of Chocolate" Since Former Assistants' "Mortifying" Fraud Trial

By Rebecca Macatee
|  Thursday, Jan 2, 2014  |  Updated 8:35 AM PDT
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Celebrity chef, Nigella Lawson, arrives at Isleworth Crown Court in London, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

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Nigella Lawson is glad to put the controversies of 2013 behind her!

On Jan. 2, the "Taste" judge admitted to "Good Morning America's" Amy Robach that having "distortions of [her] private life put on display" during her former assistants' fraud trial was "mortifying." But, the 53-year-old chef and reality TV personality realizes that "to dwell on any of it would be self pity," something she's not going to do!

Nigella's alleged drug use in the past and details about her relationship with ex-husband Charles Saatchi were put on display during the trial of sisters Francesca Grillo and Elisabetta Grillo, who worked for the former spouses for more than 10 years. On Dec. 20, the Grillos were were found not guilty of fraud by a London court, and police confirmed they would not be investigating Nigella's purported use of substances in the past.

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The British chef told "GMA" she "can't really remember exactly" how she felt during the trial "because you're so focused on answering the questions to the best of your ability that actually, you don't have an enormous awareness of yourself."

"Maybe that's a good thing," she reasoned.

So what has Ms. Lawson been up to since the end of the Grillo sisters' trial? "I've eaten a lot of chocolate," she said, "had a good Christmas, and I'm into the new year."

That new year also includes a primetime slot. "The Taste," which features Nigella as a judge alongside Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre, Brian Malarkey and Marcus Samuelsson, premiers Thursday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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