Summertime at Jamie Oliver's Food Tube party

I was invited to join in on the fun for Jamie Oliver's latest live Food Tube show on monday. After the first taxi stood me up I arrived at location fashionably late.
The back alley of the newly launched Fifteen restaurant - which is amazing, give it a try - was dressed up like a street fair with bales of hay, colorful bunting and artwork on the walls by Barnaby Purdy
Donal Skehan was there to cook up some tasty food along with the totally crazy smokin DJ BBQ, the lovely Chiappa sisters, the sweet Jemma from Crumbs & Doilies and the charming Gennaro Contaldo. There were the two boys of JacksGap who had a chilli tasting challenge with Mr chilli lover himself: Jamie Oliver. Plenty of Yoghurt was at hand to ease the burning flame of the little green devils. I wouldn't have wanted to be in their place, it looked painfully fiery.
It was chaotic, it was exciting and still it was relaxed and layed back at the same time.
And if you are wondering, there was no real rehearsal before, it's just a bunch of people doing what they do best, play with food - or if you're Camden Brewery - with beer!

I had a great chat with Donal who is as lovely in real life as his online persona - because as Jamie pointed out as well, we all feel we know each other from our Instagram feeds and so meeting the first time never feels like a first encounter at all.
I won't lie, meeting Jamie and having a chat with him was a special moment. I would be playing it cool if I didn't admit to it. But not because of his fame, but because of the amount of respect I have for him. Like so many others from my generation and beyond I took my first steps in the kitchen with the scribbles and notes I made while watching The Naked Chef.

My mom wasn't interested in cooking at all but I had a weird need to cook. My first creation were rice waffles smeared with Nutella and butter, layered into a cake. It was a sunday morning in the spring of my sixt year and had woken up before the crack of dawn to surprise my mom and dad with this "delicious" treat - they kindly refused to eat it though :) The kitchen was a mess, the rice waffle cake mysteriously disappeared during the day and I forgot about cooking until the next time I made the kitchen explode with burnt baked beans.

When The Naked Chef came to our screens I saw a teacher, someone who told me, relax, have fun and just cook it! So I did and I made some weird looking food, I never been one to follow a recipe so all I did was use my hands, feel the ingredients, smell them, taste them and chuck together what I thought would be fabulous.

When the plea for better school meals and the first Food Revolution Day came, so awoke the Food activist me. I made better food choices and tried to inform the people around me to do so as well.
Sustainable, healthy food choices and animal welfare are subjects close to my heart. I always hope to inspire people to think about their food choices, even if I just reach one person I will have made a difference.

I'm still pinching myself because Jamie named me as his favourite food blogger in The Sunday Times last month!

The live show is gone from the Food Tube Channel on Youtube but there are some other fun bits to watch, especially the chilli challenge I mentioned before.
Don't miss the next show, it's great fun to watch, and to be involved in!
Thanks for inviting me!
Lookin smokin hot - DJ-BBQ
Red Hot Gennaro
Cooking Puttanesca
The boys having fun

This is what pain looks like - chilli challenge

beautiful food
pulled pork

Camden beer
Behind the scenes
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  1. Oh, lucky you! That must have been fun. Thanks for sharing your impressions with us.

    Jamie Oliver will always remind me of my grandmother. She was a big fan of him and his cooking... Just like her, I admire his work and his efforts to promote healthy eating.



    1. How great that your grandma was a fan of JO! That's just sweet :)

  2. Ah i so would of loved to of been there, looked so much fun when i watched it live.... Also, donal is a huge hero of mine.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the show, I was so nervous and taking pictures I forgot to eat!

  3. What a wonderful article. It sounds grand!

  4. I also have a huge amount of respect for JO for the same reasons you outline. He didn't teach me to cook but I followed his 'breath of fresh air' recipes a lot as a newly wed in Saudi. He gets a lot of flack but I believe he is driven by really good principles. What fun it all looks. Hope to visit Fifteen soon.

    1. You must visit Fifteen, it's really good!

  5. Oh wow, that looks like an awesome event to have gone to and the food looks so delish!

  6. It was a lot of fun and great to see you again. I echo your thoughts about Jamie, he is a great guy and has inspired many people, myself included. Lovely photo of the two of you at the end.

    1. It was a lovely evening, and great seeing you again too. And indeed he is a top guy, and deserves respect.

  7. What a great event, and lovely to hear your story as well as your meeting with Jamie. Great pictures , it looked a lot of fun.

  8. What a lovely post. I love the JO recipes too - an approach that is unintimidating and inspires us all to eat real food. Great pictures of what looked like a super event. Great to chat (briefly) at FBC5 as well

  9. would loved to have been there met Jamie recently what a lovely guy
    definitely inspired me with cooking.
    looks like an amazing time was had by all
    and I bet all the amazing food went quick


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