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Jamie Oliver on the Travel Channel

yet another food oriented show on travel channel, let's hope this one isn't as bad as Joan Cusack's show.

I am dvr-ing it now as we speak

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  1. Chef Jamie was on Letterman tonight, doing his version of pasta carbonara. They did everything they could do to distract him, and yet he stayed beutifully on point. Even drinking the wine, passing the bottle around, and then drinking from the bottle of cream.

    Both the funniest food segement yet on Letterman and a tribute to a Chef who stood his ground.

    Bob

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    1. re: Bob Mervine

      Glad to hear Oliver stood his ground with Letterman and his ‘humor’. I can’t really watch anymore however if I had known Oliver was going to be on I would have.

      When Nigella Lawson was on thing didn’t turn out so well.Glad to hear Oliver stood his ground with Letterman and his ‘humor’. I can’t really watch if I had known Oliver was going to be on I would have.

      When Nigella Lawson was on thing didn’t turn out so well.

      The link below refers to her last visit to his show.

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    2. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to next week's segment. The only thing I could do w/o is the inclusion of his wife. Nothing against her, but my focus is on the locale (Italy) and the flavor of both the food and the people who live there. The scenery--especially in the second episode when we see where Jamie was staying--was breathless. All in all, better than last night Gordon Ramsey's show, where he was concerned with "getting women back into the kitchen to cook." Bleh.

      1. the water on that island that started with an "m" was absolutely gorgeous - a beautiful clear emeral green. The food looked amazing, and I found it funny that a lot of the people at the seafood restaurant wasn't partial to his cooking.

        tell his wife to wear smaller pants that fit (:

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        1. re: bitsubeats

          Too funny! My husband made the same remark. I also liked that they didn't sugarcoat the fact that not everyone was partial to his cooking.

        2. Just saw him today at Williams-Sonoma at Time Warner - signing his book - the line had snaked out of the door.

          1. I've already seen a few of the shows and have to say that I really liked them. He loves his subject and that really comes though.

            I’ve meet him professionally and have to say he is a really nice guy. What you see is what you get.

            1. I love Jamie Oliver and am excited that he has a new show out. I don't think there is another chef on tv (Oliver's Twist/Naked Chef) that I have learned more from. Plus, his personality is great! My friends met him and said he couldn't be nicer.

              1. Is this the show where he's traveling around Italy?

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                1. re: fascfoo

                  Yes, it is. I haven't seen much of it, but my husband caught an episode.

                2. I've never really been a fan of Jamie Oliver, but after catching a couple of his shows this weekend (rainy weekend), I have to give him a lot of credit. While he never really impressed me with his cooking, his popularity seems to come from his accessibility (similar to Emeril's) and dedication to bringing a higher level of cuisine to the masses. This was especially evident in his show about the restaurant he created to train underprivileged kids. Generally, the theme is that it's not talent that elevates someone to success in the hospitality field, but hard work and dedication (teamwork mixes in there too, but you get the point).

                  His Italy show revealed to me that he takes his message to his kids seriously, and applies it to himself as it is his quest to learn more about proper cooking through his travels. I don't know if many successful chefs will put themselves through the aggravation of working in a kitchen in a remote island restaurant, but not only does it make for good drama, it shows that he has humility by demonstrating that he still has a lot to learn about cooking (as do we all). It was interesting to see him nervous and flustered to present his cooking to very picky and knowledgable diners.

                  Best of all, I learned about the existence of these no-frills restaurants in the Meditteranean. I'd much rather seek out places like those than multi-star Michelin places.

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                  1. re: E Eto

                    I came home from work today early since I wasn't feeling well, and the TC was doing a marathon so I caught a number of episodes back to back. Gotta say that I haven't enjoyed a food travel show like this in a long time. I didn't really care for Bourdain's No Reservations.

                    I totally agree about your comments re: Jamie; he seems so real and vulnerable in his settings. He seemed genuinely nervous, and I liked how he expressed his feelings (both joy and disappointment) about what he was experiencing. Loved how he brought fresh food and laughter into the monastery; the monks dancing at the end was priceless...

                    Not many celebrity chefs would choose to be so out of their element surrounded by people who really don't care about their celebrity status, so I respect Jamie for doing so. I liked the small clips w/ Jules and his girls.

                  2. I also caught the marathon last night. Loved the show. He might be a celebrity chef, but it takes balls, I thought, for an Englishman to go to Italy and cook italian food to old Italian grannies. I now regret that I didn't get his book and got it signed especially that I think I want it now just for that ragu recipe!

                    Speaking of school lunches, he's taking on America now: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/a...

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                    1. re: welle

                      His campaign on improving school lunches has gotten the British government to pony up a lot of money in the beginning stages of doing just that. My pal and I used to make fun of him a lot (okay, we still call him Ol' Fat Tongue), but I am incredibly impressed with and inspired by the causes he invests his time and money into.

                    2. Re last night's episodes: I loved it when the Italian nonna more or less threatened to beat Jamie up. The episode in the monastery was priceless. It was great to see the monks gradually loosening up. Playing the Cure for monks--not something you see every day!

                      1. Just a great, great show. Jamie Oliver rules! The Travel Channel has snagged the best of the best - Oliver and Bourdain - two people who would never stand for the Food Network's nonsense.

                        I agree re the monastery segemnt - it was priceless. Oliver brought real joy into those monks lives.

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                        1. re: livetotravel

                          Brilliant! I love Jamie Oliver and have TiVo'd this series. Watched 3 in a row last night and was completely delighted!

                        2. I haven't watched last night's shows, but I really liked the first two. Refreshing. I'm getting tired of Nigella's new show, so this is something finally to look forward to.

                          1. I have to admit that I was a bit put off by Jamie Oliver during his naked chef days. But the projects he's been involved with post-naked have been intriguing and he's shown himself to be a genuine, likeable chap with a passion for food. I also really enjoyed his Jamie's Kitchen series. It was a long way from the glossy produced cooking shows, and showed the trials and tribulations associated with his whole Fifteen project without mincing words. Very documentary style and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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                            1. re: fascfoo

                              I've got to agree with you. I really didn't like the Naked Chef days at all. The new stuff is so much more meaningful. Plus the camera work isn't giving me migraines like the Naked Chef shows.

                            2. I would love to go to Italy and learn to cook from the Grannies. Now I just need to learn to speak Italian! :o)

                              1. I watched three episodes of this show yesterday (hooray for DVR!) The BEST food show I've seen. Dancing with monks to the Cure had me laughing out loud, as did battling with the grannies in a town square making pasta. Watching him having a horrible time hunting and killing his own meat also was a real eye opener. LOVED IT! Interestingly, I watched Gordon Ramsay's "The F Word" thereafter. Booooooooooooooooorrrrrrrriiiiiinnnnnnnnngg.

                                1. I've watched two episodes of Jamie's Great Italian Adventure, or whatever it's called, and I am astounded by how good it is. One of the best, most down-to-earth travel shows I've ever seen.

                                  1. I agree that it was a great show and unlike all of the other same ole same ole food travel shows. It makes me so mad that Jamie Oliver is vilified by the very UK press that made him a star in the first place. Good on him for continuing on being such a nice guy in the face of such pressure.

                                    The thing that I truly loved about that show was the conclusions he came to on the cuisine of Italy. The fact that it is truly regional and does not change. In order to be good, a dish has to be cooked exactly like it has been for years, no changes. It surprised me as I started to look at Italian cuisine a little differently. Not too many other cooking shows that do that, apart from Iron Chef America of course.......(joking).