No matter how successful, talented, and experienced a woman is, there’s always some random man who thinks he knows better.
Nigella Lawson, renowned “English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer,” took to Twitter to post a photo of her Christmas ham, which she planned on cooking for 24 hours. This recipe, along with many others, can be found in one of her countless books on cooking. The point is, she knows what she’s doing.
Still, that didn’t stop one dude from sounding off in an effort to correct her:
The confused/patronizing man commented:
“Love this but… Surely you mean the fridge for 24hours”
To which Lawson replied:
“The fridge wouldn’t do a very good job of cooking it!”
— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) December 23, 2018
Twitter couldn’t stop laughing at the “hamsplaining,” and made sure the thread went viral so everyone could see.
Lord, this Christmas grant me the confidence of a man telling a world famous cook how to bake a ham. pic.twitter.com/t8jszTyBn2
— Claire Maugham (@clairemaugham) December 23, 2018
And there’s a follow up tweet from him, still hamsplaining!
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) December 24, 2018
But who’d be in a better position to know about gammon?
— The Hopeful Monster (@SublightMonster) December 24, 2018
— carol bartle (@c_bartle) December 23, 2018
Maybe the man was just confused, but that doesn’t mean the professional chef is the one in the wrong.
Not really. Checking would be a question. "Does it need to be 24 hours?" or "24 hours at what temperature?"
He didn't ask, he told her she'd got it wrong. He assumed that she must have made a mistake. That the fault was with the professional cook, rather than himself.
— Bear's Cub (@BearsLittleCub) December 23, 2018
Besides, the alternate reality he’s suggested is a terrifying one.
I'm so concerned by "Love this, but…". Is he suggesting he *loves* a cold, uncooked 8 kilos of ham with an entire tin of black treacle upturned on it? This man must be stopped.
— Stephanie Faye (@StephanieEphani) December 24, 2018
Twitter quickly shut the man WAY down.
As it is Festivus, I'll start with the airing of grievances. If you actually have written several cookbooks, had your own cooking show & know how to cook, then sure, by all means question Nigella. Otherwise, cool your gd pits.
— JDB (@daaamnitjanet) December 24, 2018
Let the man eat his cold, uncooked ham in peace.
— Introverted Sugar (@Mochene) December 24, 2018
Did he tried to mansplain Nigella Lawson how to cook…!? ????????
— ????????Ed Nordrike Parker ???????? ???????? (@gonordrike) December 23, 2018
Good thing an average, uninformed man was here to stop this world-famous chef from making a rookie mistake!
— ⲀlisoⲡⲰ ⚾☕???? ????????????????♿️???????????????????????????? (@AlisonW) December 24, 2018
This guy is increible. I mean…THE AUDACITY! THE MAYOR SELFCONTROL! the only that is missing here is the "Honey" word at the beggining of the sentence. The only thing he knows is a ramen out of a box and is trying to correct her. Lmao
— Jenniffer Smischek (@jen_smischek) December 24, 2018
People were surprised the man didn’t use one of the stereotypical mansplaining phrases…
— Jason E Pippenger (@egretpip) December 24, 2018
It's one of the joys of being a Chef, people telling you how to do your job!, they forget you trained in college & (in my case) have been in the profession for over 30 years!, cooking at home & cooking in the industry is very different x x x x
— Naaaade (@Naaaade) December 24, 2018
And just in case anyone was wondering, Lawson’s recipe is absolutely delicious…when cooked properly for 24 hours. Eating a 24-hour chilled ham? Not advisable.
That is literally the best home-made food I've ever eaten. My dreadful sister-out-law makes it every year. For about 15 mins I forget how bad she is. Lol. Enjoy Malcolm. X
— Adam Leigh (@adamleigh25) December 24, 2018