Jamie Oliver’s TED Speech

No matter what opinion we have on tv-chef Jamie Oliver, his fight for a new food culture where children are being educated about genuine and healthy food is a cause we all should support. I believe everyone needs a bit of junk food now and then, but it should remain the exception to your weekly or monthly diet as much as a fine dining meal should remain a rewarding exception.
Check out Jamie Oliver’s speech for his TED prize award:

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Jamie Oliver reaches summit!

Who actually thinks the G20 summit which will be held in London from Thursday on will have immediate curative effects on the current world economy? Well, many might put big hopes in that conference, but most doubt on the effectiveness of measures and outcomes of this top notch political gathering. Well at least, something is happening, and hope’s already a good thing.
But for one person involved the positive outcome is safely predictable: Jamie Oliver. Britains coolest chef will achieve another milestone in his career, maybe even reach its summit; well, at least this G20 will be a highlight for him. In fact, according to news coverage he has been chosen to prepare the summits gala dinner, meaning he’ll rock the kitchen for none less than Barack Obama himself plus all other world leaders.
Wicked! At least I guess thats what Jamie must have said.
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Well me too since I’m a big fan of his cooking style. Funny enough though, he only got the job because of the special economic situation.
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In fact Gordon Brown would have actually preferred 3 Star Chef Heston Blumenthal to do the job, or Gordon Ramsay in the second place, but both just seemed a bit too luxurious considering the subject of this summit. (And Blumenthal just had certain issues with his restaurant anyway)
So I’m pretty happy for Jamie and his crew, and pretty curious what the 6 course surprise menu will be in the end. But I read there’s also a downside to it: Jamie’s restaurant has been thoroughly checked by hords of security agents. Must be some fun action while you’re busy in the kitchen and try to run a restaurant.
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Gordon Ramsay challenges Matt Skinner

On the internets most popular video rummage table I found this excerpt of a Gordon Ramsay show (“the f word”), where the famous chef challenges Matt Skinner -that is Jamie Oliver’s sommelier wine guy -to blind taste a few bottles. From a German perspective this is a painful scene since a cheapo bottle of blue nun represents our country here, what a pity! (But on the other hand isn’t every big wine country represented with 1 or 2 such wines on the supermarket shelves? Think of JP Chenet for France for example.)
But a moment later though, Matt Skinner could’nt identify a 1992 Petrus as a great wine, argueing it might be corked. So at least our Blue Nun gets a small revenge since in the end it had the better price quality ratio! “Sweet revenge” would be the adequate words here! …And risk/return probably the more adequate ratio. BTW, do Châteaux’ like Petrus actually replace corked bottles? Would be curious to know…
The winner of this tasting seems to be a 1998 Penfolds Grange, which still costs 500 GBPs btw. What a nice set-up: an Australian wine writer challenged to recognize the green green grass of home, I mean the red red shiraz of home of course… I would love to be challenged with such wines by the way!

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