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Not Quite Nigella is Lorraine Elliott, a cake and food enthusiast who believes that cakes belong in an art gallery. Born and raised in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, she lived on the Lower North Shore for 8 years and has now returned to the Eastern Suburbs where she lives with her food-apathetic husband who takes most of the restaurant photos for her blog whilst she takes all the still photos of the food that she cooks. In April 2013, her memoir called "Not Quite Nigella" was released by Penguin Books.


To collaborate with Not Quite Nigella please contact her agency The Remarkables Group remarks@theremarkablesgroup.com.au or +61 (02) 8202 7535. For advertising queries please contact Lorraine directly.

Photo by Naomi Rossdeutscher.

She has been blogging since September 2007 and blogging full time since January 2009. She loves kitsch and unusual things, travelling far and wide for an unusual meal and cooking and eating food from different countries all around the world. Her second and third loves are Fashion and Beauty (with a particular weakness for Chanel Nail polish). And yes her love of fashion conflicts with her love of food - sadly two opposing forces on her waistline.

For most photography when out and about, she loves using her Olympus OM-D E-10 camera as it is compact, light and versatile.

She'll never sing in front of you but she'll sing when she's at home cooking and she has about twenty different accents that she can put on if you ask her to. Formerly working in Advertising as a consultant and a Media Strategist, she is making Not Quite Nigella a full time entity and has been blogging full time since January 2009.


Her favourite cuisine is French and Japanese (or a fusion between the two). Her last meal would consist of: Bluff oysters au naturel, cream croquettes, Peking duck, honey king prawns, lobster, caviar, fresh Turkish bread, salmon tataki, spanish salami, sun dried tomatoes, roesti, okonomiyaki, fresh figs and dates, a fat, fluffy peshwari naan, wagyu beef and desserts including copious macarons from Herme or Laduree in Paris.

She hopes to avoid Death Row so that a "last meal" scenario will never occur.


She also loves it when people leave comments on her blog and she'd also love to hear what your "last meals" would be.

And yes, Nigella Lawson has visited Not Quite Nigella and loves the name.**

If you would like to email me, you can do so at:

info [at] notquitenigella [dot] com replacing the "at" and "dot" with the appropriate characters :)

Please note that she is in no way affiliated with or is related to ebay member notquitenigella.