Oliver has surpassed himself.
I’m sorry but the chubby Essex Cook gets on my nerves. In his latests series I couldn’t believe he could have been more of an arse than he was by beat boxing in his ford Capri avec tiger strip seat covers. Until he turn up at a Bedfordshire farm and used the same car to handbrake turn into their driveway.
<head in hands! triple face palm etc>
That is all.Posted 4 years agorewskiMember
chubby Essex Cook
surely you mean the slightly overweight Essex Chef, Restauranteur, Multimillionaire, Best Selling Non-Fiction Author, Mentor for dozens of training Chefs and Campaigner for Better School Food for our kids? If yes, that programme you’re referring too is a little silly but it’s aimed at quite a young and broad audience, my local brewery was on it too. Jamie is a top bloke, probably not a popular view but I just can’t help liking him.
That is all.Posted 4 years agotheflatboyMember
My favourite thing about that show when the other half’s watching it is during the internal car driving shots, you can see the assistant complete with notepad and other accessories hiding behind the passenger seat, slightly deflating the relaxed bantermime going on in the front…Posted 4 years agocbmotorsportMember
I do find him irritating, but I cannot help but admire his business acumen. He got a lucky break as a kid when he was spotted, and did the whole cheeky chappy, one of the lads, mockney ‘cool’ chef programs. He took that and ran with it. He’s worked bloody hard, and done quite a lot of good, so good luck to him.Posted 4 years agocbmotorsportMember
Amazingly, people keep falling for it. I ate in one of his restaurants once. A mistake I do not wish to repeat.
Yes, not eaten at one of his restaurants myself, but I do get the impression that he’s moved a long way away from his original ethos. The lovingly prepared, spontaneous, rustic cooking for the love of it, has been replaced by an enormous corporate machine of chain restaurants.Posted 4 years agoz1ppyMember
I ate in one of his restaurants once. A mistake I do not wish to repeat.
So have I, I was impressed & when I expected to be annoyed. Will go back & recommend it to everyone who asks…
I’m not keen on his personality, and don’t like his style of cooking but I wouldn’t knock the bloke for becoming a success & then following up on that by promoting healthy eating.Posted 4 years agoz1ppyMember
Perhaps you enjoy paying posh restaurant prices for Pizza Express quality food. I didn’t.
I didn’t expect to like it, & having been to both of those restaurants (food outlet in PE’s case) I’ll go back to Jamie’s, and it really really isn’t that expensive when compared with proper posh restaurants (which no, I don’t frequent either, as I prefer to buy decent ingredients and cook myself)Posted 4 years ago
I didn’t expect to like it, & having been to both of those restaurants (food outlet in PE’s case) I’ll go back to Jamie’s, and it really really isn’t that expensive when compared with proper posh restaurants (which no, I don’t frequent either, as I prefer to buy decent ingredients and cook myself)
Each to their own. There wasn’t really anything wrong with the food there, but I found it pretty dull, not authentic (despite their claims), and overpriced compared to what I could get elsewhere. I eat at good quality restaurants a fair bit, as well as cooking a lot at home, so I do have a pretty good idea of what’s available for a given price.Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
I’ve eaten in a few of his places and on various occasions, has to be said it’s a bit meh and rammed full of child buggies and whining parents, for that I’m ooot.
Foods about on par with an upmarket Little Chef these days, in a “you know what you are getting”, “you know it’ll be cooked”, “you almost know what it’ll cost”, “you have a seat to sit on”.
It is overpriced, it is “get in, eat, get out” attitude and it is all served by staff who couldn’t care less about Jamie nor his food ethos.
I suspect the chain is so far removed from his little hands that he barely takes a look at his bank balance these days.
You can eat better, you can eat for far better VFM elsewhere, be it the local Caff or Georgio Locatellis.
However I’m a fan of his, liken him to an open, honest, jovial, interested Spaniel. Always on the move, always interesting on his TV trips and grounded to the point of getting involved in the programme rather than letting someone write a script and he plays out a Pinnochio stance sans strings.
I have a few of his books, opened them once of twice but the first one I almost got to the end of and have to say it’s helped me in my day to day cooking variation(s)
😉Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
honestly for what he has done over the years he can be forgiven a lot.
Add in I hold him responsible for the fact that I can actually cook these days I’d have to admit to being a fan. My book purchases now end up with Rick Stein though now. Slightly more grown up and involved where oliver is still trying to get people cooking their own food.Posted 4 years agoedlongMember
I’ll watch Jamie Oliver programmes on the same basis I watch Robson’s fishing adventures – because I’m interested in the content and despite the fact that the presenter annoys the crap out of me.
I like Jamie’s style of cooking, I like his enthusiasm, I admire the campaigning work he’s done, and the fact that he follows up on it (like, not letting the government off the hook on the school dinners thing even though he’s not promoting a series about it anymore) and the training opportunities he’s created for aspiring, disadvantaged people.
But, he is an annoying cockwomble on screen.Posted 4 years agomogrimMember
Add in I hold him responsible for the fact that I can actually cook these days I’d have to admit to being a fan. My book purchases now end up with Rick Stein though now. Slightly more grown up and involved where oliver is still trying to get people cooking their own food.
Can’t deal with Rick Stein, watched a couple of episodes from his India series and found his salt-of-the-earth, Daily Telegraph reader style far too annoying…Posted 4 years agoKryton57Subscriber
I’ve no issues with his success, just his personality. Fwiw I enjoyed the Naked Chef and for me his personality reflected the title at that time. However the Top Gear comment is a good comparison IMO, because either deliberately or not his personality has grown with him / us / the end of the “laddish TV” era.
And yes, he does appear to rummage wrist deep a fair bit in what becomes a tower of food these days which I personally find unappealling.Posted 4 years ago
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