Actress Nicole Kidman once made an appearance with De Laurentiis on The Ellen Show, per Harper’s Bazaar. Things seemed tricky from the beginning. You see, when Kidman was struggling while cooking risotto balls, De Laurentiis pointedly asked the actress, “Have you ever made meatballs or anything?” Oh no. This didn’t go down well with Kidman who ended up spitting out De Laurentiis’ focaccia bread later and said that it was “tough.”
This also happened on the Today Show with Matt Lauer, who ended up scrambling for cover when he took a bite of the chef’s seared chicken (via Teddy Feed). Turns out, this chicken is only prepared for the camera and isn’t supposed to be consumed the way it is because well, it’s not fully cooked. Yikes! Lauer realized this too late when he had to leave the set after taking a bite. Thankfully, all’s well that ends well. The chef graced the show with her presence several times after her first encounter with Lauer.