Jamie's Dinners

Questions and answers


Penguin: How long does it take for you to come up with a new recipe; do you have any set formula you stick to?
Jamie: It can take five seconds or I might be rubbish for a week or two and not come up with anything. I'm generally influenced by conversations, but mainly it comes from walking down the market - somewhere like Borough or any farmers' market is the best place really.
Penguin: What inspires you to create new recipes?
Jamie: Books, people, stories, markets, locations, scenarios - you know, like coming up with the best hangover recipes when you're hungover, or coming up with great portable food recipes when you're living out of a tent or a VW camper.
Penguin: What is your all-time favourite meal to eat and to cook?
Jamie: That's like asking an artist what their favourite colour is, or asking a musician what their favourite chord is. It's a bloody stupid question and you know it!
Penguin: What's the best meal you've ever had?
Jamie: Again, every day brings a new experience. I find I can be as passionate about a beautiful ham sandwich with crunchy lettuce and hot mustard as I can about some arty farty Michelin starred meal that I've had in a posh restaurant. It depends.
Penguin: Does Jools get a look in in the kitchen?
Jamie: No - well, actually, yes she does but only when I'm not at home in the week!
Penguin: Has Poppy found her culinary feet yet?
Jamie: Both my girls love watching food being prepared and getting involved in food and they love eating, so far.
Penguin: What quality would you most like to have?
Jamie: Are you trying to say that I'm not perfect?! Oh, okay, I wish I was Italian.
Penguin: Do you have any nicknames?
Jamie: Big Fella, Tiger Shark, Jamelia (which is my alter-ego!), a whole selection of rude words, and Katkins, which is what my wife calls me.
Penguin: Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions?
Jamie: Yes, I want to open my own restaurant for me and not anybody else.
Penguin: What's in your bag at the moment?
Jamie: Baby wipes, an iPod, sunglasses, too many receipts, passport, condoms. (Promoting contraception is a really good thing.)
Penguin: What's next for Jamie Oliver?
Jamie: A holiday. Less work.



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